The Freelancer's Bible

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Workman Publishing, 2012 - Business & Economics - 486 pages
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Amazingly, one-third of the American workforce is freelanceÑthat'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, Òsolopreneurs,Ó 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 ÒGeniusÓ 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: ÒWhat Is Your Ideal Day?Ó 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.


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Review: The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms

User Review  - Sierra D. - Goodreads

Great book, chock full of tips on making your freelance career a success. Real, funny and highly informative. A must-read! Read full review

Review: The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I checked this book out at the library, then decided it would be worth buying. As I begin a foray into a freelancing career, I found that this book answered many of my questions, or at least pointed ... Read full review


Getting Started
Getting Work
Growing Your Business
Managing Your Business
Your Business and Your Community
The Future is Now And Its Us
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Sara Horowitz founded the organization that became the Freelancers Union in 1995 and then launched the Freelancers Insurance Company in 2008. She is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, one of Forbes' Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs (2011), and a writer whose work appears in the Huffington Post and The Atlantic online. She is Cornell-, Columbia-, Harvard-, and SUNY-educated, and comes from a long line of labor lawyers. Ms. Horowitz lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Toni Sciarra Poynter is an author and editor with more than 25 years experience in publishing. She specializes in psychology, personal improvement, science, and social trends. She lives in New York City.

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