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Book or Website Suggestions?
Posted - 8/13/2013 9:44:53 PM | show profile | flag this post
I've recently become a full-time freelance writer and was wondering if anyone had any book or website suggestions that would be helpful on the business end of things? Thanks in advance.
Posted - 8/13/2013 9:57:03 PM | show profile | flag this post
Would you please amplify what you mean by "the business end of things"? It would make it easier to be helpful.
Posted - 8/13/2013 10:01:04 PM | show profile | flag this post
Taxes, health insurance, a website, etc. I guess I'm looking for something that gives a clear overview of how to sustain a steady stream of income as a freelancer. I've been freelancing for the past three years, without putting much effort into it. I now have an opportunity to do things the right way and want to treat it more like a business.
Posted - 8/14/2013 12:29:27 PM | show profile | flag this post
I remember your screen name from the past.
You should treat it entirely like a business, whether you do it part time or full time.
Sustaining a steady income is really up to the individual, as there are so many variables involved. A helpful book is "Six-Figure Freelancing" by Kelly James-Enger. A new edition just came out. There is, unfortunately, no way to kick back and make money with little effort. If there were, everybody would do it.
A business start-up book can help with most things. You don't need one specific to a writing business. There are so many business start-up books available, it's hard to know where to begin to point you. In general, a book on starting a business and one on business planning can get you started. We have a lot in common with service businesses.
To learn what to put on a website, visit other writers' websites. Take notes on what you like, including the appearance. Many of those sites are Wordpress themes with a regular URL, which can be set up through Wordpress.
For taxes: Pay quarterly.
For health insurance: Try ehealthinsurance.com for comparison shopping.
Every freelance business is unique. I've freelanced since the 1980s and have yet to find anyone who does exactly what I do, or to find two freelancers who do exactly the same thing. It helps quite a bit to stay current with economic news so that your writing doesn't wind up concentrated on a declining facet of the marketplace.
Posted - 8/15/2013 5:32:39 PM | show profile | flag this post
This is wonderful! Thank you so much for the help.
Posted - 8/15/2013 7:09:28 PM | show profile | flag this post
All great advice. Kelly also writes a very helpful blog about freelancing, as does Linda Formichelli and I like Freelance Folder.
The most useful advice/help I get comes from fellow freelance writers I know and trust. I suspect every established freelancer would find this as well.