The collaboration tax in freelance projects

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The price of freelance work goes up as you involve more people from your company in their work. Call it the “collaboration tax.” The best analogy I can give is this: I once hired a carpenter to rebuild the porch on my house. I wanted to see if I could get a better price than … Continued

Freelancers: here’s how to ask to be paid

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If you’re a freelancer, you need to get paid. I’m not talking about how you set up your business or what you actually do. What do you do when it’s time to ask to get paid? Here’s a secret freelancers won’t tell you: some of them are embarrassed to ask for money. I know a … Continued

Labor Day for the self-employed

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I’m working today. A lot of you have today off. But I’d never trade my independent life for a job again. Here’s what it means to be an independent freelancer. It means I get to savor the joy of concentrating on work for a whole day today while the rest of you are at the … Continued