Over the course of my career, I’ve learned that one of the most important working relationships for a freelance writer is with the designers who put their words into action. Today’s guest post comes from the design team of Eileen and Bob Burick of Burick Communication Design, with whom I’ve had the good fortune to partner countless times. Their portfolio includes microsites and websites, videos, and print work for top-name clients such as AT&T, Cemex, Henkel, and Troon Golf. I asked them to share their thoughts on what designers want from a freelance writer, and this list of 21 things was their response. [Read more…]
I mentioned the simplified home office deduction for 2014 in a recent “Freelance taxes roundup.” On the surface, it seemed like a great idea and appeared to save a lot of time and record keeping. I’m a freelancer, not an accountant, after all. I was happy, if not necessarily doing the Dougie.
Well, it turns out that simplified doesn’t equal maximized, even for an English major whose last math class was college freshman calculus. When I crunched the numbers over the weekend, it turns out that the easy equation—$5 per square foot at a maximum of 300 square feet, i.e., capped at $1500—wasn’t as beneficial to my tax deduction as it was to do it the old fashioned way. [Read more…]
Today’s guest post comes to us courtesy of Yolander Prinzel, one of the funniest, sharpest people I know in the freelance writing business. She has written for a number of publications and websites such as American Express, Covestor.com, Advisor Today, Money Smart Radio and the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ). Her new book, Specialty Ghostwriting: A New Way to Look at an Old Career, is available on Amazon. [Read more…]
I’m not a big fan of the quote or concept of “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s the cotton candy of career advice: pretty, fluffy, gone within seconds, bad for you, makes a mess, doesn’t really taste as good as you imagined, and generally ends up tossed in the garbage. Sorry, Confucius.
Dr. Freelance, what do you recommend as the basic freelance writing business formation steps? I’ve been successful at getting clients, but am not sure if I should pursue a trademark or LLC first, and so on. I didn’t know if you had any advice or an order that has been more successful.–H.E. Saunders
As I discuss in The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing and Getting Paid, I am a big believer in forming a legal entity for your freelance writing business at the outset. [Read more…]