March 4, 2019

An enterprising editorial freelancer, having come to potential clients’ attention, stands to profit from helping to enhance their efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Being enterprising may not come naturally to those in this field. But it is important, in the interests of obtaining steady income, to develop a good sense of how one’s business is t...

February 22, 2019

In the experience of U.S. colleagues who have not incorporated their

businesses, it is common to receive 1099-MISC copies bearing on

their work, and not that uncommon to see overstated amounts

recorded in those forms. (I know of a colleague for whom a certain

such form should never have been issued at all.) Here are some

thoughts on getting the problem resolve...

August 14, 2018

Thoughts about my own active participation in some

professional associations have inspired these comments

on how one can effectively market one’s professional

services, including using resources made available by

such associations. (It is important to note that no group

should ever be viewed as one’s only marketing resource,

or be expected to fulfill a role eve...

April 8, 2018

One of the odder freelancing-related myths that I have seen floated is

that 1099 forms, and even 1099-MISC forms in particular, are meant

to document payment for services only. (They are rumored to be meant

to document payment yet more narrowly: for services when it will make

the payee subject to self-employment taxes but not otherwise, this despite

the explic...

September 24, 2017

Is there a place in this field for getting paid through bank wire?

My experience suggests that there is one, particularly for those

doing business internationally.

I have documentation for 16 wire transfers received in the past

dozen years, from clients in the USA, France, Spain, Great

Britain, and Australia. (Amounts have ranged from $ 250 on up.)

For the late...

August 16, 2017

Colleagues of mine from all over the world regularly comment on

their tax-related interactions (particularly the early ones) with

U.S.-based clients. It seems that such interactions tend not to go

very smoothly. Here are some observations on what seems most

worth knowing in advance on the subject.

If tax form W-8BEN is not submitted by you to a U.S. client, th...

August 9, 2017

Suppose that the IRS receives a form stating that someone, a client of yours, paid some stated amount to you last year. Does the IRS learn from this that the payment was made to you for services in particular, and was demonstrably in the amount cited on the form? Probably and not necessarily, respectively.

It is true that the instructions for form 1099-MIS...

August 6, 2017

For a business user regularly dealing with international currencies, PayPal can be a particularly attractive payment intermediary. True, its main menu is suggestive of potential problems on the user-friendliness front (the options “Summary Money Activity Reports Tools More Help” displayed along the top left half being arguably more confusing than clear),...

August 6, 2017

True or false: that if you receive non-wage income this year, then also this year you will be called on to make estimated tax payments pegged to this year’s income, and will even be liable for penalties if your estimated tax payments fall short of this level? False, of course. Yet I regularly see people new to freelancing getting “informed” that it is tru...

August 6, 2017

Although the change-tracking features of Microsoft Word are usually at top of mind for the typical working editor, reliance on these features (and indeed the use of Word) may not be indispensable in every case. The client may possibly be fine with reviewing and either accepting or rejecting any tracked changes (or may not care to see any tracking) while w...

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