Hi, fellow freelancer!

It was so great meeting you Friday at Whetstone Workgroup’s event! In case we didn’t get to talk in depth, let me tell you a little more about my story. I’ve built this little blog up over the course of the past five years, sharing money-saving and money-earning tips all the while. Over the past three years, the income I’ve earned from it and freelance writing has grown to a point where it’s the primary support for our family.

My Favorite Freelancing Resources

As promised, I wanted to share some of the tools that helped me get to where I am today. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

  1. Taxes for the self-employed are a major pain. If you make enough money, you don’t qualify for free programs sponsored by the IRS. But because you’ll require so many forms, like Schedule C, to file properly, many places will charge you an arm and a leg just to help you file. One company that doesn’t do that is OnePriceTaxes.com. Their online tax filing software for the self-employed is only $39.95, including all forms and a free state return, with no hidden or surprise fees.
  2. Learning how to write online is as simple as it is nuanced. My friend and experienced freelance writer, Cat, put together this course to help newbs learn the ropes. Highly recommend.
  3. Once you are getting paid for online work, whether it’s writing or something else entirely, some of your clients will want to pay you through PayPal. PayPal charges transaction fees that can eat into your profits. That’s why I use Freshbooks, an accounting service that cuts all fees on domestic transactions down to $0.50 each. The savings has been huge. You can get a free month to try it out here.
  4. The newest rage in online marketing is Pinterest, especially if you’re trying to reach moms. The problem with Pinterest marketing is that it can eat up a whole lot of your time. I’ve started automating a lot of my Pinterest work using a service called BoardBooster, which is both affordable and easy to use.
  5. If you’re working in front of a screen all day, you’re subjecting yourself to digital eyestrain. Some of the symptoms can be migraines, neck pain, blurry vision and terrible sleep patterns. I wrote an entire post on the topic with my own experience, but if you want to cut to the chase, the solution was getting blue-light blocking glasses. They work both to fix existing problems and to prevent them from happening in the first place. If you want fashionable ones, prescription or non, a great Pittsburgh company to get them from is Phonetic Eyewear. You can get a 10% discount by using the code FEMME10 at checkout.
  6. On my blog, a good source of my income comes from affiliate marketing. That means when I write about products I love, I use trackable link through an affiliate program. Then, the person I’m writing about (the affiliate) gives me a kickback for each purchase made through that link. A lot of the links on this page are affiliate links, and I only use them for products I’ve researched and trust. I work with a wide array of networks, but when I first started Shareasale was the easiest to use and get acclimated to.
  7. Whatever kind of business you’re building, it is helpful to build an email list. It allows you to reach your clients’ inboxes when there are things you want them to hear about. I use MailChimp, which is free up to the first 2,000 subscribers.

Femme Frugality Posts You’ll Love

I write about saving and making money. But I find that the process is different depending on which aspect of my life I’m looking at. That’s why I segmented some posts you’re likely to love into categories. Pick and choose the ones that apply to your life, too!

 

 

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Again, it was so wonderful meeting you, and feel free to reach out anytime! My email is femmefrugality {at} gmail {dot} com, or we can connect on Twitter, Pinterest or G+. Looking forward to getting to know you!