FAQ

FAQS For Freelancers

Freelance FAQ helps you get all your questions about being freelance answered.

How To Choose A Business Name?

A name is a rope with which your business draws from water from the well. It is the cornerstone in your path to building a successful brand. If the cornerstone is poorly placed, it affects not just the look but the structural integrity of the whole building.

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Can I ask my client for a testimonial of my work?

As a freelancer your customer is rightly enthroned as king. What your clients think goes a long way in determining how well you flourish. Or how fast you fall!! Have you ever come across that freelancer that nobody likes? Well, me neither!!

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I am new to Freelancing, how do I create a business name, do I need a logo?

The freelancing business is a extremely competitive one. Every day new talents come aboard while established names maintain or increase market share. For newbies starting as a fresh one you will be faced with several dilemmas, the biggest of which is what name to use for your freelancing business.

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Do I need a website as a freelancer?

Undoubtedly, freelancing is a lucrative job but that does not in any way make it an easy feat. without clearly defined, easily measurable goals, it’s likely to face a very difficult time getting by as a freelancer.

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How can I market myself as a freelancer?

Marketing yourself as a freelancer is not very different from job hunting. It is crucial to market yourself properly as you will be in a consistent pursuit of gigs to assure you that your income remains steady.

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If I have an international client do I invoice them in their currency or my currency?

Having international client is actually very common these days especially if you are a go getting tech savvy, digital nomad entrepreneur then no doubt you are attracting clients all over the world!!

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Tips for spreading the word on my biz?

So you have decided to go solo and start your own freelance business!! Now you want to let the world now about what it is that you can offer them and get some clients onboard! Not to mention make some Mula $$$!!

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What are the benefits of being a freelancer?

There’s a popular saying, “if you don’t build your dreams, another person will hire you to build theirs”. This is the reality of many people, but things are changing, more people are choosing to freelance over working for an established organization.

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What To Do When A Client Cancels A Project?

Freelancing is a world of freedom but with freedom comes a lot of trials and responsibilities. As a freelancer once in awhile or probably twice, clients will reject your work or terminate your contract whether it was a good or bad decision to have contracted you.

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How do I establish my niche and my services as a freelancer?

The nature of the freelancing business makes it a highly saturated market. Establishing a niche and marketing your services in such a saturated market is no easy feat, but that does not mean that it is unachievable. There are two major areas you must focus on in order to achieve the end goal of establishing your niche and effectively marketing your services to clients.

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Do I need a resume as a freelancer?

You are doing a great job working as a freelancer!! You are getting a whole lot of freelance gigs and you are working consistently up until now, nobody has requested your resume. This is awesome at the initial stages but on becoming a creative professional, you tend to drop out of that job hunting mindset.

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What is the difference between a proposal and a contract?

Proposals are for selling and negotiating a sale!!
Most proposals are written in order to propose a sale to a potential client and a proposal generally outlines a solution of services to the requirements set out by the client.

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Are there any resources for someone who is trying to build their freelance business?

Fiverr Workspace has put together a book, Welcome to Your Independence, written both for individuals new to the freelancing world and old-timers looking to spruce things up.

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How to collaborating with another freelancer on a project?

A well drafted and thought out collaboration contract is the way to go when working with other freelancers on the same project. This will ensure that each freelance member of the collaboration team is aware of what he or she is getting into and the work they are required to do on their part. There are no misunderstandings or confusion on anyone’s part! If there is , then they can refer to the contract!!!

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How do I determine my rates?

The most important thing to remember when thinking about determining your rates is knowing what you are really worth!!

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How do I raise my rates?

Web design encompasses many different skills and disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites.

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What are deductible expenses?

Deductible Business expenses are the cost of running and operating a business. These expenses are generally deductible if the business operates to make a profit.

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When does a 1099 need to be filled out?

Basically the rule is that you must file a 1099-MISC whenever you pay an unincorporated independent contractor-that is, an independent contractor who is a sole proprietor or member of a partnership or LLC-$600 or more in a year for work done in the course of your trade or business.

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Do I have to pay quarterly taxes? Is there a penalty not to?

If you didn’t pay enough tax throughout the year, either through withholding or by making estimated tax payments, unfortunately you may have to pay a penalty for underpayment of estimated tax.

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Do I fill out/send 1099s or do my clients?

Your clients should complete and send you all of their 1099s for the year by the end of January. However, if they do not you are still responsible for reporting your income to the IRS!

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What is self employment tax?

The self employment tax which is also officially known as the SECA tax (Self Employment Contributions Act tax) This tax you would never have had to pay as an employee and is the self employed version of the tax which is generally paid by employers and employees for social security and medicare.

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When do I pay quarterly taxes?

To calculate your federal quarterly estimated tax payments, you must estimate your adjusted gross income, taxable income, taxes, deductions, and credits for the calendar year 2017. Form 1040-ES includes an Estimated Tax Worksheet to help you calculate your federal estimated tax payments.

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How do I calculate mileage as a business expense?

It is important to keep a small notebook in your car or use a mileage tracking app to track mileage, travel to clients, customers, business meetings, traveling to a temporary workplace.

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Can I deduct meals?

You Betchya! Although you can’t just claim all meals!!

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Can I deduct mileage?

Of Course, if you use your car in your business, you can deduct car expenses and you may deduct its entire cost of operations!!

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How do I calculate my home office deduction?

he most important first step in being able to calculate your home office deductions is record keeping!!

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Can I deduct my home office for taxes?

You absolutely can deduct a portion of your home office for taxes!

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Is my health insurance considered a deductible expense?

Most definitely, especially if you are one of the millions of self employed hustlers, freelancers, digital nomads and sole proprietors that have to pay for Insurance yourself then the IRS absolutely want you to know about this deduction!

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