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It takes some doing to really get a self-sustaining business up and running, but thousands of people use this site to make a living each day. Illustrator Lorraine Yow is one of them. Here are her top tips for finding and keeping great clients.



The post Upwork Tips From a Freelance Illustrator Who’s Making Her Mark appeared first on Upwork Blog.

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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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Julie Ewald was hoping to augment her income when she first started freelancing. Today, she's a digital marketing strategist on Upwork and the sole owner of Impressa Solutions, a marketing agency. Here's a look at how she's created and grown her business—from a great profile to an agile distributed team.



The post How Freelancer Julie Ewald Turned Being Broke into a Business Opportunity appeared first on Upwork Blog.

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Here are three proven marketing strategies that you can implement in your job search to land more jobs (and better jobs) consistently and reliably – even if you’re up against 20 or 30 other freelancers.



The post 3 Proven Marketing Strategies to Land Better Projects as a Freelancer appeared first on Upwork Blog.

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The post 264: How One Blogger Builds Engagement and Makes a Difference with Online Community Events appeared first on ProBlogger.



How One Blogger is Using Online Events to Build Engagement and Make a Difference We continue our Blogger Breakthroughs series with a story from Trixi Symonds, whose Coloured Buttons blog teaches kids how to sew. She also created Sew a Softie Day. Trixi started her blog in 2009 to post

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The return of volatility to the U.S. stock market in October serves as a timely reminder that bull markets don't last forever. Every investor must rebalance occasionally to shield portfolios from downside risk. But rather than just shifting your allocations in U.S. stocks and bonds, investors may want to go outside the box ... and into some high-yield alternative strategies.



However, American investors face a stock market that's already richly valued, and a bond market that produces only modest yields and returns.



Fortunately, other options are available for invest

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ors who want to capture big dividends and hold risk to a minimum. For instance, preferred stocks generally provide lower volatility than common stocks and yield close to 6% right now. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) provide diversification and yields often between 3% and 5%. Still other pockets of the market are specifically designed to counter market volatility.



If you're looking to hide out somewhere other than traditional American stock and bond strategies, here are 12 alternatives that tend to deliver higher yields, extra-stable performance or both.





SEE ALSO: 53 Best Dividend Stocks for 2018 and Beyond
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How to Buy & Sell Websites Like Some Kind of Mogulby Perrin Carrell You probably know this by now, especially if you’re in our Pro community, but on the off chance you've been living under an internet marketing rock… ...I sold my site. HerePup, the site I’ve blogged about for the last few years and the asset that […]



Check out the full post here : How to Buy & Sell Websites Like You’re Warren Buffet

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What happens when a half dozen money nerds spend 48 hours together in Clearwater, Florida? Do they romp on the beach? Swim in the ocean? Cook dinner together? Drink copious quantities of alcohol? Stay up until three in the morning, laughing and telling stories? Yes. Yes, they do all of these things. But they also […]


The post How would you spend $100,000? appeared first on Get Rich Slowly.

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Do you think parents should help pay for their children’s college education? Do you think parents should be required to pay for their children’s college education? These are tough questions to ask and to answer, but they are very important when thinking about the ever increasing cost of higher education. These kinds of questions are […]


The post Parents Paying For College – Is This A Good Idea? appeared first on

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A few years ago, I was approached to edit a book by Chicago voiceover legend Jeff Lupetin. The project was still in progress at the time and while there are some book editors who won’t touch a manuscript until it has been declared more or less finished in some form, I accepted the project for a variety of reasons including the fact that I have a background in broadcast and understood where the book was going.


That’s something a book editor shouldn’t take lightly-if you aren’t as experienced in a certain kind of subject matter and don’t know where the project might go, you are potentially at a serious disadvantage when it comes to avoiding task creep.


How did I help this project and what can a freelance editor do to help YOUR book project?


For starters, I asked the author some very direct questions. Who is the intended audience? For this book, that seems like a no-brainer. People who want to become voice artists and do voiceover work. But is that all?


We managed to refine the audience type by asking ourselves as author and editor what kinds of people would be interested in this book. We came up with two basic types (not that our discussions were limited to that, mind you) including those who are gear savvy and those who are not.


So we needed to reach people who didn’t know one end of a microphone from the other, and the people who know the difference between a cardioid mic, a shotgun microphone, and a large-diaphragm condenser mic.


Knowing the business the way I do, it wasn’t hard to make suggestions about how to reach people who don’t know the technical side of things. And it was easy to suggest changes to make the book more “evergreen” so that technological advances didn’t render whole portions of the text obsolete in a few years.


But the real work was the author’s-he had to organize his thoughts in such a way that the progression of information from the introduction to the closing chapter makes sense and can help the reader make a step-by-step journey through the craft and realities of working in the voiceover industry.


What a good editor can do for your book project, especially non-fiction, is to provide the outsider’s perspective. When you write a book and devote enough time to it, it’s easy to miss some obvious things along the way. Everything from perspective on the subject to the basic ability to understand the progression of facts and information between the introduction and “about the author” can be tainted by being too close to your subject or the mechanics of writing about it.


Hire A Freelance Editor To Get A Second Opinion Or Outsider’s Perspective On Your Project


A freelance editor can be hired to do several things. One is nothing but a technical review of the book-is the grammar good? Punctuation and spelling? Does the book make sense to read or does it need formatting changes to make it easier to follow? These are all critical technical issues.


But you can also hire an editor to give you more detailed feedback. Does the book make sense in terms of its’ overall presentation of content, the structure of the information, and the narrative? This is a more subjective process and an author who hires an editor to do this needs to be ready to hear real and constructive feedback. Don’t shy away from the hard things your editor might say-if the goal is to make your book as good as it can be, the advice you get is worth considering even if you wind up disagreeing.


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A good editor will be tactful but will tell you what you need to know about getting  your book into shape for publication.


If you need to hire an editor to help you format an eBook, understand that this is a completely separate process from editing the actual content of the book. Some editors refuse to touch eBook formatting and others love doing it. But the electronic book formatting process is totally different than working on the material itself.


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