While April 15 is commonly accepted at "tax day," for many taxpayers and especially small business owners, freelancers and self-employed professionals, there are other important "tax days" to keep in mind.
Have you had it with your 9 to 5? Stop dreading Monday mornings and start planning your exit from corporate America. Why not capitalize on the newness of the year and put together a solid plan to activate your dream of starting your own small business?
It makes sense for small businesses to bring in short-term hires to deal with peaks in the overall workload, while keeping the organization lean when there is a trough. This isn't exactly a new phenomenon in itself but it's now something that is more common among all types of business.
Call them success secrets or just common sense. Either way, certain principles have guided me for more than two decades as a professional freelancer. Here are my keys to surviving -- no, let's call it thriving -- without having to work for the man.
With so many options available -- from setting an hourly rate, a fixed price, a one-time charge or a combination of all three -- it can be difficult and overwhelming. So how do you determine what you're worth as a freelancer?
This debate at its heart is about where to draw the line on spec work. Some designers have a hard time standing firm on their principles if a particular assignment -- and potentially their livelihood -- is on the line.
How do you find clients? Should you specialize in one area? What should you charge? For most freelance designers, comfort comes with experience. Here are five tips from design pros about how to turn your personal business into a thriving enterprise.
When I think back on the awesome times I've had with friends, or even on my own, people watching, I don't remember how difficult it was to travel there, or how cold it was out, I remember the company and the warm fuzzy feeling.
Traditionally, workers have gained workplace rights and benefits through their status as fulltime employees. But todays 42 million freelance workers that make up 31 percent of the workforce, must furnish their own social safety nets.