My absolute least favorite part about being a freelancer is dealing with taxes. Most people never even see the money that employers set aside for their employees taxes – but freelancers not only pay a higher rate (income tax as well as the self-employment tax) but have to pay 100% of their own taxes. This can be so overwhelming and stressful even just to think about, much less actually deal with. (Being a libertarian I take issue with the system, but that’s another subject!)
Despite these difficulties, there IS a way that freelancers can make tax day not only less stressful, but easy to handle. Here are five key ways to make tax day easy for you!
I never used to be a fan of Gmail – I always preferred to use the native Mail app on my Mac. But a while ago I started rethinking my whole client onboarding process, and I knew I needed to simplify my email system. As it was, I had three main email inboxes. (One for work, one for personal communication, and an old one that needs to be checked every once in a while) I would mark all emails that needed to be answered as unread, and use that as a to-do list for everything that needed to be dealt with. The problem was that I always had to copy and paste my email templates. Emails could also get lost pretty easily in my inbox if they failed to be marked as unread, or if I simply forgot to make them that way.
Then I read Breanna’s post on keeping your email in check and I started to realize that Gmail might be the way to go. In the process of looking at my options I came across Inbox for Gmail (get it here) and I knew that was the direction I needed to go in, for the following reasons!
So many of us love Pinterest and use it on a daily basis. We use it to pin beautiful photos, memes, and recipes we want to make. Because it’s such a huge platform, it’s definitely something you should be utilizing on a regular basis in order to grow and promote your business. And here’s why!
Instagram is a powerful marketing tool, and using it as a way to promote your business is an awesome thing to do. Most people are on Instagram, and are hungry for lots of quality content. One of most difficult parts of using Instagram, however, is curating a beautiful feed! It’s so easy to post content that is beautiful on its own, but doesn’t fit with the rest of your images. This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time, and recently I’ve discovered some essential tips for how to create your own beautiful Instagram feed.
One of the hardest things for me as a freelancer to handle is organization – simply because there is so much that needs to be organized! There are basic things to organize, like invoicing and tax documents. There are social media posts to create and schedule on a regular basis. And there is the entire client process to set up and organize. I’ve found a program called Todoist that makes all of that organization so much easier to handle! Here is how it’s helped me, and how it can help you as well!