Freelancing Links: Week of April 6

Posted: April 10th, 2009

A happy Good Friday, Passover and Easter to all. Here are this week’s happenings in freelance to much on with those Cadbury eggs (or martian-mallow Peeps, if you can stand those).

Bizzia: For the U.S. freelancers, the clock is ticking… five days left to do taxes. Hopefully you paid your estimated taxes throughout 2008, otherwise you may be in for a surprise with the IRS. Allison Boyer has a very helpful tutorial on estimated taxes that is a must-read for freelancers. The tax bill come April 15 could bankrupt you if you don’t learn it.

Freelance Folder: Usually when we obtain new clients, we get some sort of interview so they know who they are dealing with. Really, we should also be asking the question so we know who we are dealing with. Believe it or not, sometimes a client can be a real dud or more trouble than it’s worth.

Freelance Switch: I’ve seen several top ten lists of freelancing “myths” but here are a good list of objections one might have in becoming a freelancer. One good point they touch on: If I started freelancing I’d never be able to get clients.

Freelance Switch: In this economy, it helps to take a cue from retailers and offer discounts on your services which can help you retain those light-pocketed clients.

Flying Solo: Email can eat up a huge chunk of time in your daily routine. Knowing the seven deadly sins of email can be the first step in helping you manage it.

India On Rent: Proof that being nice to others will help you out in the long run.

Rubiqube: Ouch! Read how a teeny weeny mistake concerning his website contact form cost freelancer Adrian Diaconescu some major clients.

Self Employed Blog: Making money online is not easy and won’t happen overnight, no matter what you hear. On the plus side the investment required can be as little as zero.

Wake Up Later: Sometimes we have a little downtime between freelance projects. You could rest and watch a little more TV, or you might want to tackle some useful tasks during this period.

Web Worker Daily: Have a problem with procrastination? You can put an end to that in a few steps.

Zen Happens: Do you really enjoy what you do as a freelancer? Surely we are passionate about our careers but we sometimes find ourselves trudging through our normal work and not liking what we are doing. The simple remedy: find your amazing work.

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Johnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.

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  • Allison

    April 11th, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Thanks so much for linking me! I’m no accountant, but I really tried to research and explain things well. I know that it was really confusing for me my first few years as a freelancer.

  • Johnny

    April 11th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I didn’t even know about estimated taxes until not too long ago and I know many other freelancers probably do not either. I’d be doing us all an injustice if I didn’t mention it.

    Thanks for the very helpful article and hope to read more of your work in the future.