Category Archives: Your Back Office

Sample Pay Rates For Freelance Writers

Here’s a nifty piece about freelancing by Noah Davis, sent to me by my friend and colleague Judy Messina. You can check out some of Judy’s work here. He offers some good insights about the media business, including this nugget … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself from Nonpaying Clients

There’s nothing more draining than chasing down payments for projects you delivered on time, months ago. The best way to avoiding doing so is vetting clients carefully from the get-go, to make sure they can actually pay you. But, as … Continue reading

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The Secret of Saving For Retirement for Freelancers

The 200kfreelancer’s latest post on the AARP’s Work Reimagined site is live. The post includes five tips for keeping your retirement savings on track when you are self-employed. Among them: Take advantage of the tax breaks for saving through a … Continue reading

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What’s Your Escape Hatch from Disaster?

Hurricane Sandy gave me an unwanted crash course in the importance of having a disaster plan for a home-based business. Although we live in a part of New Jersey that got slammed, my family was lucky and only experienced a … Continue reading

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2 Tips for a Productive Freelancer’s Home Office

Guest post by Gary Lim, founder of Action Pronto, an advisory and coaching firm based in Manlius, N.Y.  If you’re freelancing, you’re likely working out of an office in your home. That’s the beauty and the curse of being a … Continue reading

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DoNanza Sees Growth In Freelance Jobs, But Not Necessarily In Compensation

A survey by freelance website DoNanza found that while the number of freelance jobs has been rising, compensation for some kinds of jobs, especially those in marketing, is declining. DoNanza found that the number of jobs rose from 1.3 million … Continue reading

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Retirement Plans For The Self-Employed

I found this video by CNN/Money’s Walter Updegrave a short, sweet summary of the two kinds of retirement plans designed for self-employed people. • One is called a SEP IRA. You can sock away 25% of your net self-employment income, … Continue reading

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How Will Freelancers Fare in the Health Reform?

When I started freelancing five years ago, my family’s health insurance premiums were approximately $19,200 per year. Starting in November, they will be $36,000 a year, thanks to two straight years where we saw increases of $600 a month. It’s … Continue reading

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A Great Site To Help Freelancers Find Health Insurance

I’ve been covering the health insurance market on-and-off for almost 20 years now and have reported on many different efforts by local chambers of commerce, city administrations and state departments of health and insurance to give people who aren’t covered … Continue reading

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