Mari Ramirez’s 5 Most Forgotten Tax Tips for Freelancers: March Meeting Recap

Tax day is April 18 this year. Even if you’ve already filed, CPA Mari Ramirez undoubtedly shared something you didn’t know at the March Freelance Austin meeting, including these five frequently forgotten items on our personal and/or business returns. #1. “You ain’t giving away right!” When you drop off a trunk load at Goodwill, The Caring Place or another charity,…

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7 Steps to Better Financial Management as a Freelancer

One of the trickiest parts of being successful as a freelancer is figuring out how to manage your money well. Financial management is hard for most people, but when your income is inconsistent and your tax liability is higher than it is for the average person, it gets even more complicated. If freelancing is your goal for the long term,…

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Take the Fear Out of Contracts: November Meeting Recap

Perhaps nothing strikes more fear into the heart of a freelancer than having to negotiate a contract with a client. How do I know what to include? Will a contract hurt or help me? What happens if something goes wrong? To lessen that anxiety, we asked attorney Emily Morris of the Morris Law Firm for some tips. (As any good…

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4 Easy Ways to De-Stress and Live a More Balanced Life

Though it’s fulfilling and fun, freelancing often doesn’t leave much time for relaxation. As a result, many of us are overworked and stressed to the max. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many easy ways to de-stress that don’t require a complete overhaul of the way we work and live. Here are a few great places…

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What Freelancers Can Learn About Communication from Skinner’s Rats

If you ever took a course in psychology, you may remember the famous work of Burrhus Frederic (B.F.) Skinner. Skinner worked with rats and pigeons in the mid 20th century and discovered certain things about how animals respond to specific methods of reinforcement. In one of his studies he learned that if a lever rats could press rewarded them with…

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Red Flags for Freelancers: Watch Out For These 11 Clients

Bad clients come in many forms. The longer you work as a freelancer, the more you see the wide variety of clients—good and bad—that exist. Often (although not always), bad clients provide some kind of warning sign early on that there are likely to be problems. The tricky part is knowing how to recognize the red flags when they arise…

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