Chapter 4Finances for Freelancers

When I set out to write this book, I knew it would have to include a chapter on financial matters. After all, once you are earning money, you have to properly document and retain what comes in—and what goes out.

Luckily for creative professionals, we have accountants, tax preparers, enrolled agents, and tax software to help us make sense of the numbers. You can certainly hire a financial professional to offer advice and even tabulate your taxes, but you still have to know the financial basics of how a business runs.

Keep in mind as you read this chapter that I have broken everything down so it is easy to read, understand, and apply. That said, it’s a general overview. I cannot provide too many specifics, but ...

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