The most in-demand freelance jobs to pursue in 2021

Over the past few years, 70% of small and medium businesses have embraced freelancers, thanks to the flexibility that comes with having a virtual team. There are no signs that this trend will slow down, especially after the pandemic has pushed most location-based businesses to work virtually. Buyers have also increased their reliance on digital…

The future is in our hands

Nobody is going to be sorry to say goodbye to 2020. This year has been one of stress and fear, of uncertainty and wave after wave of unthinkable tragedy. But in the midst of some of the darkest depths in modern history, people have stood up – and stood together – to demand positive change…

When to charge an hourly or flat rate

Both freelancers and those hiring them think about work in terms of hourly rate, even when a flat rate has been negotiated. It’s just the easiest way to think about value in terms of money and time. In some instances, thinking only about money per hour negates the experience and effectiveness of the freelancer and…

10 must-listen podcasts for freelancers

This is a post from our partner Reedsy, a marketplace for the best freelancers in the publishing industry. To join their curated community of professionals and access thousands of authors, apply here and receive a $50 Reedsy credit toward your first project. There’s nothing like a good podcast to fill those mundane hours of housework…

5 ways to take inspired action in tough times

If challenging times are a necessary catalyst for our growth and resilience, by anyone’s standards, we should all be in the best shape of our lives come 2021! Woweee, it’s been a year. And my friends, it ain’t over yet.  As we head into the final month of this tumultuous year, you may have a…

It's time to take a stand on student debt

Last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested in an interview that one of President-Elect Joe Biden’s first steps once he takes office should be to use an executive order to cancel $50,000 in debt for every person with federal student loans. The proposal was first released in September, in a joint statement with Sen….

5 things freelance writers can get sued for

Thinking about all of the things you could get sued for as a freelance writer is probably dead last on the list of things you actually want to devote brainpower to, or close to it. After all, you have good relationships with the clients and publications you’re working for. Plus, getting hit with a lawsuit…

Building your small business of one

Being a freelancer may seem worlds away from being a small business owner, but the truth is, they are two peas in a pod. Sure, writing an article for an online publication at a per-word rate may feel very different from opening your own restaurant. The truth is, though, when you break it down, most…

It's now easier to access relief for freelancers who owe the IRS

If you’re a freelancer who has been impacted by COVID-19 and is feeling financially stressed by tax debts, recent changes by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may help you. These changes fall under the Taxpayer Relief Initiative that the IRS rolled out this year. The initiative is designed to give taxpayers impacted by COVID-19 and…

Why referrals are the key to your freelance success

Succeeding in the freelance world can be challenging, but there are many useful tactics and resources to help those who have made the leap. One of our favorite and most effective tips for all freelancers out there is that referrals are the bread and butter for your growing business. And they cost you nothing. My…

Build your business around what you love

Flexibility and control over your work and life are some of the greatest gifts of entrepreneurship. The problem is that many freelancers, consultants, and small business owners have a hard time defining the highest-leverage ways to spend their time, in terms of both preference and skill. When you work for yourself, you get to redefine…

The ACA is on trial (again)

Today, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments in California v. Texas, a case that is challenging the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is overturned, more than 20 million Americans would lose their health coverage in the middle of the country’s largest COVID-19 spike with more than 100,000 new cases being reported daily. The case,…

It's always the right time to plan for your freelance retirement

In a sure sign that the end of the year is just around the corner, the Internal Revenue Service has announced cost‑of‑living adjustments for the dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021. Here’s what freelancers should take note of from the irs.gov announcement. The income ranges for determining eligibility…