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Your Client Gave You A Bounced Check, Now What?
March 6, 2019

Your Client Gave You A Bounced Check, Now What?

After working hard to complete a project, a bounced check isn’t just a disappointment—it can throw your finances into a complete tailspin. You hustled to sell a project, worked hard to nail it, but now the long-anticipated payoff is turning into a headache. According to CNN Money, data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows[…]

Deciding to Permalance – the Pros and Cons you need to know
March 6, 2019

Deciding to Permalance – the Pros and Cons you need to know

A new trend is on the rise within the gig economy: permalancing. But what exactly does it mean to permalance? Well, permalancers are technically freelancers, but they work with the same organization for a long period of time, or choose to dedicate a certain number of hours each week to a specific client’s projects. For[…]

How to Choose Freelance Job Titles: What’s in a Name?
March 6, 2019

How to Choose Freelance Job Titles: What’s in a Name?

One of my colleagues calls me a Word Unicorn. When she introduces me to peers or possible clients, it’s always, “This is Erin, she’s a Word Unicorn.” As a writer, should I embrace that title? Or are there other freelance job titles that would be better suited? Naming yourself, or at least your job title,[…]

Short-Term Disability for Freelancers: A Beginner’s Guide
March 5, 2019

Short-Term Disability for Freelancers: A Beginner’s Guide

Today, you’re working for yourself and absolutely killing it. But some day you may be faced with a disabling injury or illness that impairs your ability to work. Bills will keep coming, but you won’t be earning. You can dip into your emergency fund if you have one. Otherwise, you may consider short-term disability insurance,[…]

Insurance for your business of one
March 5, 2019

Insurance for your business of one

Buying insurance as an individual tends to be costlier than being insured under an employer. It can be tempting to forego insurance especially if you’re tight on money. But before you shut out insurance completely, there are some things you may want to think about for your unique situation to see if it may be[…]

Retirement for Freelancers
March 5, 2019

Retirement for Freelancers

Thinking about retirement for freelancers is like solving an equation that has four unknown variables and only one constant. Questions start racing through your head: how much do I need to save? And then, shortly after using a calculator that gives you a number, how will I ever save enough to retire? Depending on your[…]