This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to colleagues, clients or customers, use the Reprints tool at the top of any article or visit: www.mbreprints.com.
All the delights of fall are in full swing, but before you know it 2012 will be here. What can freelancers do to make sure their business is ready for the end of the year? Plenty, in fact.
Angie Mohr, author of Tax Preparation & Planning for Freelance Writers and Managing a Freelance Writing Business, says a good first step is to gather up your receipts. "Many freelancers end up paying more tax than they have to, because they can't find expense receipts when they're doing their taxes," she notes.
Rather than making a mad 1040 dash in March, adhere to these seven tips to get your affairs in order -- now. Your wallet (and portfolio) will thank you later....
The How to Pitch series is worth its weight in gold. In just the first month I'd already benefited enough to consider the cost of joining well worth it. -- Gaen Murphree
AvantGuild benefits give you access to:
Premium content, including our How to Pitch Guides, an indispensable tool for freelance writers. view sample >
Savings of up to $35 per class on mediabistro.com courses and seminars.
Insurance discounts for freelancers and small businesses, including medical, dental, auto and home.
Lots of other professional discounts, including ZipCar (a $50 value) and your choice of magazine subscriptions (a $10 value).