Working for Yourself

Author: Stephen Fishman
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 9781413323696
Release Date: 2017-02-27
Genre: Business & Economics

This one-of-a-kind book includes all the legal and tax information an independent contractor need to start and run a successful freelance or consulting business.

Working for Yourself

Author: Stephen Fishman
Publisher: NOLO
ISBN: PSU:000049201574
Release Date: 2001-01
Genre: Independent contractors

For the more than twenty million Americans who are self-employed and offer their services on a contract basis, "Wage Slave No More" is the book to have. This second edition tells the reader how to successfully meet business start-up requirements, comply with strict IRS rules, draft solid consulting and independent contract agreements and get paid in full and on time. It includes complete coverage of the major changes brought about the the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Please see "Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements" for all the legal forms and agreements necessary either to work as an independent contractor of consultant or to run a home-based business.

Consultant Independent Contractor Agreements

Author: Stephen Fishman
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 9781413324365
Release Date: 2017-09-27
Genre: Business & Economics

Get your contract in writing Whether you're an independent contractor or a business hiring independent contractors to work for you, it's important to get your deal in writing. A written agreement will help to protect your rights, define expectations, and prove that there's no employer-employee relationship. Here you'll find specific agreements for many types of independent contractors and freelancers, including salespeople, accountants, software consultants, and construction contractors. You'll learn how to: draft a binding agreement define a project's scope preserve confidentiality avoid disputes and lawsuits protect your intellectual property amend your agreement, and satisfy IRS requirements. Each chapter has two agreements--one geared towards the independent contractor and one geared towards the business hiring an independent contractor. The 9th edition--completely updated to provide the latest rules and regulations--includes a new chapter on agreements for gig economy workers.

The Complete Guide to Working for Yourself

Author: Beth Williams
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781601380487
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Business & Economics

Book & CD-ROM. You will learn all about business operations: selecting a business structure, licensing and permits, employer identification number (EIN), business taxes, record keeping, self-employment taxes, paying estimated taxes (and calculating how much to pay), dealing with independent contractors and 1099-miscellaneous forms, client agreements, insurance, workers' compensation insurance, rights and intellectual property law, accounting periods, selecting an accounting method, checklist for starting a business plan, choosing a name, business plans, forms of business structures, financing, location, marketing and advertising. In addition, new entrepreneurs will appreciate this valuable resource and reference in their daily activities and as a source of ready-to-use forms, Web sites, operating and cost cutting ideas, and mathematical formulas to apply to their operations. The Companion CD-ROM contains all the forms in the book as well as a sample business plan you can adapt for your own use.

Freelance Nation

Author: J. Melissa Cooper
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
ISBN: 9781599325316
Release Date: 2015-05-19
Genre: Business & Economics

Thrive As A Freelancer. Your Guide To Self-Directing Your Career. Gone are the days when college graduates sought lifetime careers with blue chip corporations. By 2020, almost half of the American workforce will be doing some type of freelance work. Technology has overhauled the job market into a self-serve entity, and in doing so, has given birth to the Freelance Nation. Its members – independent contractors, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and contingent workers – build businesses, communicate with customers and sell goods. They do so from home, shared workspaces, or even the beach. This book is for you if: • You’ve always wanted to escape the corporate life but don’t know how. • You’re already a freelancer, but want to take your business to the next level. Having been a solo freelancer and also a manager of over 400 freelancers, J. Melissa Cooper opens up her world to share with you the secrets of working for yourself.

Raw Deal

Author: Steven Hill
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781466882720
Release Date: 2015-10-20
Genre: Business & Economics

"What's going to happen to my job?" That's what an increasing number of anxious Americans are asking themselves. The US workforce, which has been one of the most productive and wealthiest in the world, is undergoing an alarming transformation. Increasing numbers of workers find themselves on shaky ground, turned into freelancers, temps and contractors. Even many full-time and professional jobs are experiencing this precarious shift. Within a decade, a near-majority of the 145 million employed Americans will be impacted. Add to that the steamroller of automation, robots and artificial intelligence already replacing millions of workers and projected to "obsolesce" millions more, and the jobs picture starts looking grim. Now a weird yet historic mash-up of Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed is thrusting upon us the latest economic fraud: the so-called "sharing economy," with companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit allegedly "liberating workers" to become "independent" and "their own CEOs," hiring themselves out for ever-smaller jobs and wages while the companies profit. But this "share the crumbs" economy is just the tip of a looming iceberg that the middle class is drifting toward. Raw Deal: How the "Uber Economy" and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers,by veteran journalist Steven Hill, is an exposé that challenges conventional thinking, and the hype celebrating this new economy, by showing why the vision of the "techno sapien" leaders and their Ayn Rand libertarianism is a dead end. In Raw Deal, Steven Hill proposes pragmatic policy solutions to transform the US economy and its safety net and social contract, launching a new kind of deal to restore power back into the hands of American workers.

Free Agent

Author: Katy Tynan
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781482258820
Release Date: 2015-02-12
Genre: Business & Economics

There is a seismic shift underway in the employer/employee relationship that is redefining the nature of jobs and careers. Sole proprietors and independent contractors now represent more than 20 percent of the workforce, and that number is expected to reach nearly 50 percent within the next 10 years. Despite the proliferation of people engaging in freelance and contract work, however, the path to success is not always easy. Free Agent: The Independent Professional's Roadmap to Self-Employment Success details a pragmatic action plan to help you succeed in this new skills marketplace. Supplying practical strategies to help you get ahead of the change and become an in-demand resource with a steady stream of income, the book describes how work is changing and what is driving the growth of freelancing. Next, it explains how to get your new independent venture off the ground, how to find your first client, and what you need to know to avoid common pitfalls. To transition successfully from employee to free agent, you must have a plan to avoid the pitfalls and a support team to give you the expertise on complicated topics such as business structure, contracts, and accounting. This book is your guide to successfully navigating the transition. Detailing the tools and practices that will enable you to succeed as a free agent, the book includes case studies and interviews with those who have already made the transition. The book concludes by describing how to optimize your new freelance work style to make the most of your time and energy, so you can focus on doing more of what you love.

The Money Book for Freelancers Part Timers and the Self Employed

Author: Joseph D'Agnese
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 0307453677
Release Date: 2010-03-02
Genre: Business & Economics

This is a book for people like us, and we all know who we are. We make our own hours, keep our own profits, chart our own way. We have things like gigs, contracts, clients, and assignments. All of us are working toward our dreams: doing our own work, on our own time, on our own terms. We have no real boss, no corporate nameplate, no cubicle of our very own. Unfortunately, we also have no 401(k)s and no one matching them, no benefits package, and no one collecting our taxes until April 15th. It’s time to take stock of where you are and where you want to be. Ask yourself: Who is planning for your retirement? Who covers your expenses when clients flake out and checks are late? Who is setting money aside for your taxes? Who is responsible for your health insurance? Take a good look in the mirror: You are. The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed describes a completely new, comprehensive system for earning, spending, saving, and surviving as an independent worker. From interviews with financial experts to anecdotes from real-life freelancers, plus handy charts and graphs to help you visualize key concepts, you’ll learn about topics including: • Managing Cash Flow When the Cash Isn’t Flowing Your Way • Getting Real About What You’re Really Earning • Tools for Getting Out of Debt and Into Financial Security • Saving Consistently When You Earn Irregularly • What To Do When a Client’s Check Doesn’t Come In • Health Savings Accounts and How To Use Them • Planning for Retirement, Taxes and Dreams—All On Your Own From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Freelancer s Bible

Author: Sara Horowitz
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 9780761175056
Release Date: 2012-10-23
Genre: Business & Economics

Amazingly, one-third of the American workforce is freelance—that’s 42 million people who have to wrestle with not just doing the work, but finding the work, then getting paid for the work, plus health care, taxes, setting up an office, marketing, and so on. Now help is here, and consultants, independent contractors, the self-employed, “solopreneurs,” and everyone else living a freelancer’s life will never be alone again but instead can be part of a strong and vibrant community. Written by the authority on freelance working, Sara Horowitz, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and founder of the national Freelancers Union and, most recently, the Freelancers Insurance Company, The Freelancer’s Bible will help those new to freelancing learn the ropes, and will help those who’ve been freelancing for a while grow and expand. It’s the one-stop, all-encompassing guide to every practical detail and challenge of being a nimble, flexible, and successful freelancer: the three essentials of getting clients and the three most important ways to keep them happy. Five fee-setting strategies. Thirteen tactics for making it through a prolonged dry spell. Setting up a home office vs. renting space. The one-hour contract. A dozen negotiating dos and don’ts. Building and maintaining your reputation. Dealing with deadbeats. Health Insurance 101. Record-keeping and taxes. Productivity, including a quiz: “What Is Your Ideal Day?” Building a community. Subcontracting and other strategies for taking your freelancing career to the next level. Retirement plans, plans for saving for education, and how to achieve financial freedom.

The Women s Small Business Start Up Kit

Author: Peri Pakroo
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 9781413322767
Release Date: 2016-05-02
Genre: Business & Economics

The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit, written by the author of the bestselling The Small Business Start-Up Kit, gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise—whether you’re an arty creative type, an independent consultant, or a Fortune 500-seeker. In addition to a breakdown of the common issues and concerns facing women entrepreneurs of every stripe, you’ll find information and guidance on: choosing and developing the right business to live the life you want drafting an effective business plan programs that give government contracting preferences to women-owned businesses understanding and choosing a legal structure clearing the bureaucratic start-up hurdles taking your business online financial management and tax basics for small businesses balancing work, children, and family relationships hiring and managing employees The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit retains its focus on women’s business-related issues without devolving into stereotypes and never loses sight of the legal rules and fundamentals of starting and running your business. All forms are available through a special link on Nolo.com GOLD winner, IBPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award, Business & Career category.

Hiring Your First Employee

Author: Fred S. Steingold Attorney
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 9781413315462
Release Date: 2008-05-27
Genre: Business & Economics

The only book that addresses the specific needs of anyone hiring an employee for the first time. Hiring anyone can be intimidating - but this is especially true if you're considering hiring your first employee. A new level of laws and regulations kick in, not to mention all the costs involved. Fortunately, Hiring Your First Employee provides a complete, easy-to-read overview of hiring an employee, as well as legal and practical advice at every step. Written by bestselling business author and attorney Fredrick Steingold, this tightly focused book will help you: figure out if it's the right to time to hire determine the salary or wage consider benefits to offer obtain an employee identification number write a job description find and screen applicants prepare the necessary paperwork maintain employee files deal with health and safety issues deposit payroll taxes deduct employment expenses troubleshoot employee problems Hiring Your First Employee provides 50-state legal summaries in plain English, sample forms and charts that compare the pros and cons when making decisions about hiring someone.

J K Lasser s Guide to Self Employment

Author: Barbara Weltman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118812426
Release Date: 2013-10-11
Genre: Business & Economics

Tax facts and strategies every self-employed person needs to know If you're thinking about starting a business, or have already begun one, you are not alone. There are more than 23 million workers who are already self-employed and file Schedule C to report their income and expenses. As a self-employed person you have to handle many, if not all, of the aspects of running your business. J.K. Lasser's Guide to Self-Employment is intended to help you with some business aspects with which you may not be familiar—but which have a great impact on your bottom line. It skillfully focuses on taxes as well as many legal and financial matters that may pertain to your business. Informative and accessible, J.K. Lasser's Guide to Self-Employment is designed for you, the self-employed person working alone as a service provider, to help pin down all of the tax breaks to which you may be entitled. Divided into three comprehensive parts, this reliable resource will help you: Learn the basics of tax reporting: from what it means to be self-employed and an overview of what you have to report—as well as where and when—to becoming familiar with Schedule C Discover the various types of deductions and credits you can claim to reduce revenue that's taxed Become familiar with an array of planning strategies that you can use to make better business decisions throughout the year as well as other strategies you can employ as your business grows And much more Don't be intimidated by taxes and other responsibilities of being self-employed. Instead, embrace the opportunities that a better understanding of tax, legal, and financial responsibilities can produce. Let J.K. Lasser's Guide to Self-Employment show you how. Don't forget to view the free online supplement to this book at JKLasser.com for late tax changes made by Congress and other up-to-the-minute developments.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Author: Ramit Sethi
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781848944886
Release Date: 2010-01-21
Genre: Business & Economics

I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a practical approach delivered with a non-judgemental style based on the four pillars of personal finance – banking, saving, budgeting and investing – and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship. Witty, entertaining, wise and practical, Ramit Sethi explains how to automate your money flow - i.e. earn while sleeping, why your new best friend should be the taxman and how to beat banks and credit cards at the fee game. How do you negotiate a raise? How can you manage student loans? And can you still enjoy your daily latte and buy that iPhone? Sethi's 6-week plan shows you how: Week 1: Optimise your credit cards and learn exactly what to say to get fees waived Week 2: Set up no-fee, high-interest bank accounts that won't cost you Week 3: Open investment accounts even with a small amount of money Week 4: Figure out how much you’re spending. And then learn how to make your money go where you want it to go! Week 5: Automate your new infrastructure to make your accounts play nicely together Week 6: Why investing isn't the same as picking stocks - how to get the most out of the market with very little work.

Body of Work

Author: Pamela Slim
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101615836
Release Date: 2013-12-31
Genre: Business & Economics

These days it's increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career - and explain it? Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.