Yes, you still need a business card in 2020

The success of a freelancer depends primarily on self-promotion. Many of us were taught as children not to brag about ourselves in front of others, but when it comes to freelancing, this is exactly what we need to do. If you are a freelancer who wants to attract new customers, it is crucial to decide…

Did you file a tax extension? It’s almost time to pay.

Remember when the IRS extended the annual tax deadline at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to July 15? Did you pay your freelance income taxes then —or did you decide to file an extension? If you opted to file an extension, it’s now time to file your taxes so you don’t miss the deadline…

Are you really willing to stand out from the crowd?

Have you ever thought to yourself, Now, these are my people?  Do you remember the warm and fuzzy feeling that came from being seen, understood, and connected? Now think about what made you similar to those people and what made you different.  I’m willing to bet that even if your life experiences were very different,…

What the pandemic has confirmed about freelancing

When the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic in March, business people across various industries and full-time employees were a worried lot. Indeed, we saw furloughs, job losses, and income drops among many people. Even the almighty Bitcoin tanked! As expected, many people thought the freelance industry will also follow the downward spiral. And while…

How to transition to full-time freelancing

Between the ever-growing demands of our busy lifestyles and the steep increase in automation, it can be hard for some of us to find fulfilling work in the corporate sector. However, switching from a secure career with a familiar routine and other “knowns” to the world of freelancing can be challenging, costly, and sometimes even…

How to save money on a freelancer’s income

It’s tough to save money, especially when your income is unpredictable. If you’re self-employed, you’ll likely have to pay for health insurance and retirement out of pocket. However, there are ways to save your money that will benefit you immensely in the long run. Put a bit of each paycheck aside. Whenever you receive a…

Freelancing with a disability

In a lot of ways, freelancing is the perfect career. You make your own hours. You set your own rules, and you get to pick your clients and your projects. Best of all, your career depends on nothing and no one but you. But freelancing also comes with its fair share of liabilities. The most…

How freelancers are making commercial photography safer by joining together

This post was written by Galadriel Masterson and Kelley Quan, co-administrators of Think Tank, a group for freelancers in the commercial photography industry. Working with Freelancers Union, the members of Think Tank worked together to develop a safety protocol for workers in their industry, from hair and makeup to tech and props, and distribute it…

Keep your eyes safe from this hidden summer threat

Summer fun this year — even more than usual — is all about the great outdoors. Whether hiking, at the beach, or just relaxing at your local park, people are spending more time than ever outside. You wouldn’t risk a sunburn by going out without sunscreen. So why would you risk your eyes? That’s right…

How to fire a toxic client

We’ve all been there. It’s almost like a sad freelance rite of passage I wish we could eliminate: working with a toxic client. When I first debuted a podcast episode last summer about why freelancers couldn’t afford to keep toxic clients, it didn’t surprise me at all that it became one of my most-downloaded episodes….

Do you have to pay income tax on unemployment benefits?

A key element of the CARES Act was the ability for the self-employed to apply for unemployment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. However, what may not be clear to many self-employed people who are receiving unemployment payments, often for the first time in their working lives, is that this income is taxable…

Black freelancers face discrimination on online hiring platforms

When I first started writing freelance, I asked a friend of mine for advice on which online marketplaces I should use, and how I should present myself. After giving me loads of helpful advice (thanks, Jock!), my white, male friend speculated that I — as a woman of color — “would be a hit.” I…

Manage a hectic workload with these project management tools

A typical project consists of many moving parts. One freelancer may be responsible for delivering one part, while another puts it all together. Deadlines that aren’t met can send the entire project plunging. Project scheduling involves creating a timeline for upcoming tasks and establishing clear deadlines. It keeps everyone on the same page and allows…

Cold emailing 101

Cold client outreach has been the bane of every freelancer’s existence for as long as freelancers and clients have roamed the earth. And now, thanks to the COVID-19 economy (read: sluggish and uncertain), your ability to successfully reach out is more important than ever. Look in your spam folder and you’ll see that poorly written…