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Help us shape the future at Freelancers Hub!

The first ever dedicated space for freelancers is coming to Brooklyn in October!



Freelancers Hub will offer educational workshops, community coworking events, thought leadership panel discussions, and services to serve the needs of freelancers in NYC.



And you can be a part of the action! Make your mark at Freelancers Hub by

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KLFrg7zOTeyIgw/viewform">submitting a workshop proposal that could be part of this year’s inaugural programming.



We are looking for knowledgeable and passionate instructors that know what it takes to thrive as a freelancer to teach at NYC’s first dedicated space for freelancers. The strongest workshop proposals should have a clear title and description, an interactive format, and concrete takeaways articulated in their pitch.



Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting time at Freelancers Hub and put your hat in for a chance to share your knowledge and expertise with the rest of your freelancing family.



Submit a proposal here!



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Last week, I was a guest on the new Fire Below Zero podcast. The interview was fun. (It'll probably be several weeks before the episode airs, though.) Toward the end of our conversation, the hosts asked a question that my mind keeps returning to: “What's something you spend money on that other people might question?” […]


The post Potential needs versus actual needs: Re-writing my financial blueprint appeared first on Get Rich Slowly

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What is it with Kindle Unlimited (KU)? For a while there, Amazon took serious action to take out the trash. Not surprisingly however, because of the serious money involved, the bad actors are back. It’s obvious that for anyone with a bent mind, KU has many opportunities to con readers, and steal from Amazon, as […]


The post Kindle Unlimited: The Horror Remains (Sigh) appeared first on Ange

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After many, MANY technical issues, we are back up and running. Freelance-Zone.com has in years past served as an advice and lifestyle blog for freelancers, but today this site is primarily a means to connect with clients and potential clients who need freelance writing, editing, SEO, social media management, community management and related services.


Freelance-Zone.com is run by Joe Wallace, the founder and editor-in-chief for the site and all projects. We are now accepting new clients for a variety of writing, editing, and social media related work.


Do you need a bo

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ok edited? We have that experience. Joe Wallace is the editor of a variety of print and internet publications including Ultimate Voiceover by legendary Chicago voice artist Jeff Lupetin, as well as writer/editor of FHA Home Loans 101. In print, Wallace is also a contributor to To Japan With Love published by Things Asian Press, as well as Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks.


Do you need articles, web content, or print pieces? Joe Wallace, along with fellow writer/editors Patrick Ogle, and Carol Sponagle have plenty of experience including published pieces in Conscious Choice Magazine, HorrorHound Magazine, Chicago Dispatcher, American Fitness Magazine, Mapanare.us, Backroads Magazine, Korean Quarterly, Indie Slate Magazine,  Classical Singer Magazine, and many others.


Our content writing and social media experience is second-to-none with projects for Lionel, Inc., Motorola, Petsmart, Bank Administration Institute, FHA.com, HowStuffWorks, and many others.


If you need a writer, editor, or social media manager for a project, get in touch with us directly to discuss rates, deliverables, timelines, and project details.


Freelance-Zone.com offers a diverse writing, editing, and social media team with a wide range of experience.
Hire a Freelance-Zone.com writer for a project today by contacting us directly with “Freelance-Zone.Com” in the subject line.
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Freelancers Hub is launching in Brooklyn–and you’re invited!

Freelancers Hub, our groundbreaking space just for freelancers, is launching next week in Brooklyn–and you’re invited to the launch party!



Please join Freelancers Union, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, and The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment on Wednesday, October 17 for an evening of community. We’ll be ce

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lebrating with drinks and light snacks, as well as free headshots, games, and freelancer-friendly giveaways. Bring a friend–or three!



RSVP here!



Freelancers Hub is the first space of its kind in the country–a freelancer-focused community center offering free coworking space, legal help, benefits assistance, workshops, and more. We can’t wait to have you over.



Learn more about Freelancers Hub and check out our fantastic lineup of fall programming, including legal clinics and support with health insurance Open Enrollment, at freelancershub.nyc.



Freelancers Hub is operated by Freelancers Union in partnership with the Made in NY Media Center by IFP and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.



RSVP here!






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Yesterday, my pal Paula Pant published a podcast interview with financial guru Suze Orman. Based on reader requests, Paula asked what Suze thought of the FIRE movement. (For those unfamiliar, FIRE is a a term used to talk about folks who have achieved financial independence or retired early.) As it turns out, Suze Orman does […]


The post Suze Orman hates the FIRE movement. She hates it, she hates it, she hates it. appeared first on Get Rich Slo

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What does it mean to be an independent contractor?

I have been an independent contractor and now, in my capacity as a small business owner, I hire independent contractors on a project by project basis. Having sat on both sides of the table, I understand how being an independent contractor can be confusing, so before you sign on the dotted line, here are a few questions to ponder:



What is an independent contractor?

As independent contracting is becoming a more popular me

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ans of employment, it is important to have a clear understanding of how it is defined. According to the IRS:



“People such as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, accountants, contractors, subcontractors, public stenographers, or auctioneers who are in an independent trade, business, or profession in which they offer their services to the general public are generally independent contractors. However, whether these people are independent contractors or employees depends on the facts in each case. The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if the payer has the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not what will be done and how it will be done. The earnings of a person who is working as an independent contractor are subject to Self-Employment Tax.”



I strongly recommend that you review the IRS’ website on the difference between being an employee and an independent contractor. Recent cases against Uber and Lyft in the state of California, in particular, have led to challenges over employment status misclassification. As such, California and other states have implemented an “ABC” test.



In California, workers are considered employees unless:





The worker is free from the control and direction of the hirer in connection with performing the work

The worker performs work outside of the usual course of the hiring entity’s business

The worker is usually engaged in an independently established trade, occupation or business of the same nature as the work performed for the hiring entity



If you are unsure as to whether the position that you have been offered is really that of an independent contractor or an employee, check your state’s labor laws and if possible, consult with legal representation. Your employment status is important for several reasons, mainly because it can have long-term implications, especially as it relates to paying taxes.



Are you prepared to pay taxes?

As the aforementioned description explains, independent contractors have quite a bit of autonomy. The thought of working on a project for weeks or months at a time as a project status worker may sound ideal, especially if you dislike the idea of working for the same company over an extended period of time.



However, if you have never been an independent contractor, it is important to understand that your compensation does not factor in Social Security, Medicare tax, unemployment insurance, local, state or federal taxes. So, if you are accustomed to having everything taken out of your check for you by a conventional employer, you may want to think about how you plan to save for taxes.



Let’s admit, the idea of earning an exact amount is appealing, but remember this is your gross pay. In other words, it is taxable. So, if your compensation is $10,000.00 for a contract, remember, it is subject to taxation.



The easiest way to adjust to independent contractor status is to put away the money that is taxable. You may even want to open an account that you use just for the purposes of paying taxes. This will save you the heartache of not being prepared when it is time to pay the IRS.



Are you prepared for the end of the contract?

The duration of an independent contracting project is usually pre-determined. Many businesses rely upon project managers to help them determine throughput rates and reasonable deadlines. Because of this, many contracts will have approximate start and stop dates. These are often determined by volume and budgetary allocations.



If you are relying upon such contracts as the primary means for your income, then you don’t want to get too comfortable. You also don’t want to assume that you will have multiple opportunities to work on projects for the same company.



I highly recommend that you stay abreast of other opportunities and that you are preparing yourself for the next contract. Because you are not an employee, you also have the right to work on several other projects.



Being an independent contractor is a great way to experience job stability without feeling restricted by working for a singular entity. However, it is not for everyone. There is an element of unpredictability, and it is probably too stressful for those who are risk-averse.



My advice: Before you venture into the realm of independent contracting, make sure that you learn as much as you can about the position and whether or not it is a good fit for you.



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Authors love writing. Promotion, not so much. If the idea of book marketing makes you cringe, relax. Here’s a vital tip. Promote your way; a way that’s fun for you. If you don’t make it fun, you’ll avoid it, which is a tragedy for your books, because they won’t get the exposure that they deserve. […]


The post Get Creative With Book Marketing: 5 Ways appeared first on Angela Booth's Fab

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Freelance writers and editors often come with a wide range of skills, but a lot of potential clients aren’t sure if they need a freelancer, and what freelance writers, editors and social media managers can do for them. How do you hire and most effectively use a freelancer?


Hiring A Freelance Writer, Editor, And Social Media Manager


Freelancers offer their clients a cost-effective way to generate or edit content, manage writing teams, edit books and online content for publication, post and maintain social media accounts, and even create digital content in the form of videos and podcasts.


The most effective way to begin a search for a freelancer is to determine what your overall budget is for the project you want. Are you a theatre director looking for someone to promote your upcoming shows via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram?


You’ll need to decide how much labor you want to invest each day of the campaign, how much that labor should cost, and what your benchmarks will be for effectiveness of the campaign.


[Hire a Freelance-Zone.com freelance writer, editor, or social media manager by contacting us via e-mail with some basic details about your project. We will get in touch with you to discuss your needs.]


Bands, Indie Businesses, and Sole Prorpietorships Need Freelancers


Are you a band looking for a freelancer to do the same with social media and posts on your band’s official site? The same rules apply-you need to determine your budget in advance and commit to a certain amount of work for a certain amount of pay.


If you have an independent business to promote, the same exact rules apply but with the added consideration that you are engaging in a longer campaign to generate business and attention to your website.


Promoting an indie business takes time and results are not always available overnight. You will need to discuss your goals with your freelancer to determine the best course of action.


Some types of business are better suited for some types of freelance writing and social media work than others. If you have a product your customers will purchase or use one time only or on a limited basis, the needs of your freelance campaign will be quite different than a company such as a record store that relies on social media and their website to generate repeat business.


Corporate And Local Businesses Need Freelancers


Many big name companies including PetSmart, Lionel, Inc., Motorola, and Banco Popular hire freelancers and temp workers, consult with freelancers for advice on expanding local social media campaigns, and use freelance writers and editors to begin new projects they may choose to take internally later on.


Corporate and local businesses alike can benefit from the flexibility of having a freelance/contract writer and editor working for them because the freelancer is dedicated specifically to that project and won’t have to attend other company meetings or be sidetracked by additional duties or other projects at that company.


That is not to say that freelancers work for one client exclusively-that is an arrangement that is definitely possible but requires some additional negotiation and compensation discussions. But in general the advantage of the freelancer is that she doesn’t get sidetracked by the other issues and projects of the company hiring her. Her job is to focus on the writing, editing, and/or social media project assigned.


[Hire a Freelance-Zone.com freelance writer, editor, or social media manager by contacting us via e-mail with some basic details about your project. We will get in touch with you to discuss your needs.]


What Do Freelance Writers, Editors, And Social Media Managers Do?


Freelancers write web content, articles, press releases, social media posts, and curate relevant posts from other tastemaker websites while writing original content to go along with that curated media.


Freelance editors edit book projects (especially biographies and works that are intended to be self-published), web content, manage teams of writers, and check over any volume of written content for errors, grammatical goofs, auto-correct problems (and there are many of those!) and much more.


Freelance social media managers write, edit, promote, and network on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and more. The best social media managers understand how to strike a balance between self-serving posts that promote the client and content that is shared as a way of generating and maintaining interest in discussions, sharing, and reposting.


Hire A Freelance Writer, Editor, Or Social Media Manager Today


Freelance-Zone.com has many resources to help. If you need to hire a freelance writer, editor, or social media manager for contract work, short or long-term projects, or an ongoing relationship to produce results over a long period of time, get in touch with us today to hire a Freelance-Zone.com writer, editor, or social media manager.


Contact us today and please use Freelance-Zone.com in the subject line to avoid spam filtering. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Is your income protected?

Episodic income is one of the biggest challenges freelancers face. As freelancers know all too well, when you’re too sick to work, you don’t get paid.



Until now.



Freelancers Union is thrilled to offer freelancers in Georgia exclusive access to Trupo, a brand-new short-term disability insurance product for freelancers. It will be coming soon to freelancers around the country! Enter your zip code to see if Trupo is available in your area:



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Trupo was started by Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz and it represents an important step in building a new safety net that works for freelancers.



Here’s how it works:





You pay a monthly premium depending on your income level and line of work

If you’re ever too sick or injured to work for more than a week, you receive checks for up to half of your income



We’re excited to be partnering with Trupo to offer this exciting new option for freelancers. We hope you’ll sign up and be a part of an innovative solution that helps freelancers thrive. You can also join Trupo’s Facebook group and follow #Trupo on Instagram and Twitter.




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