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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076116488X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761164883
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“We live in a gig economy today and there’s no better guide to making your way in that world than The Freelancer’s Bible. It will help you be savvier about building your brand and getting work.”
—Tina Brown, Editor, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

(Tina Brown, Editor, Newsweek & The Daily Beast)

About the Author

Sara Horowitz founded the organization that became the Freelancers Union in 1995 and then launched the Freelancers Insurance Company in 2008. She is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, one of Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs (2011), and a writer whose work appears
in the Huffington Post and The Atlantic online. She is Cornell-, Columbia-, Harvard-, and SUNY-educated, and comes from a long line of labor lawyers. Ms. Horowitz lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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I admit I am only halfway through but love it.
Deb Marvin
Full of good advice and information covering all aspects of the business of freelancing.
Laura L. Crawford
Sara has great tips, this volume is very readable and well referenced and resourced.
Beverly A. Ramsey

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Heusser on January 26, 2013
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This is a fine book for someone new to freelancing, looking to break into the business, or a recent college graduate struggling to find regular employment, but seasoned freelancers won't find much here.

Here's why: By trying to go broad and timeless, Horowitz doesn't really have the opportunity to go very deep. As a result, you get the same standard advice about LLC vs C Corp vs S Corp vs DBA, on paying estimated quarterly taxes, on how to set up an IRA. On all of these legal matters, though, Horowitz is careful to end with "consult your attorney" or "check with your accountant" - the advice isn't quite actionable. (Or, it is actionable, it's the kind of thing you can find in a few minutes with a google search.)

The benefit, then, of the book is for the new person is the collecting of all of it in one handy reference ... but then you run into the second problem, that it is not very deep. For example, when it comes to sales, Horowitz's advice is the classic networking stuff: Go to coffee shops, go to user's group meeting, go to anywhere people will be (conferences etc) and "get out there."

In today's age, though, there are a whole number of different techniques you can use to "get out there", from Linkedin to Twitter and Facebook -- for example, building a warm prospecting client list or even an optional "keep in touch" email group, then finding appropriate, valuable, relevant information to send to that group. (Blogging is another way to provide real value ... and get people to come back to your website.)

The coverage of these is spotty at best, arguably because they change so much. Yet the retirement advice is specific, and that will go out of date, as, say, the government changes retirement ages and contribution limits. I don't get it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly JamesEnger on February 18, 2013
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The Freelancer's Bible is aimed at readers new to self-employment and walks them through everything they need to consider, including what type of business to choose, creating their initial freelance portfolio and setting up their office. It's got some great tips on marketing your business, including a chapter on online marketing (a skill I admit I'm weak on), and a whole section on running your business. While geared more to those starting out than seasoned freelancers, it's a comprehensive resource for anyone considering self-employment for the first time.

Kelly James-Enger, author of Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MicheleFM on November 27, 2012
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With some trepidation, I took a job as a contractor this year after an entire career as an employee. The Freelancers' Bible is just what I need to know which takes the fear out of making the leap. It helps me weigh the pros and cons about important decisions such as insurance, taxes, and retirement. The descriptions are easy to understand and allowed me to recognize myself putting me at ease about my decisions. This is the wave of the future so all working people have to know about it AND it's good to know I'm not alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wayne Selznick on February 24, 2013
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As someone driven to the freelance life before I was "ready" due to a layoff, I've often struggled to find my way. I discovered the Freelancer's Union several months ago, and learned of The Freelancer's Bible through that site.

The Freelancer's Bible is loaded with good advice, best practices, and resources. As a one-volume overview, it doesn't go deep on some of the more practical aspects of the freelance life (taxes, for example) but one shouldn't expect it to. Rather, Horowitz does an excellent job of getting you pointed in the right direction and provides good references so you can find out more.

As a freelancer, you have to do it yourself, but as we're fond of saying at MWS Media, "Doing it yourself means never going it alone." The Freelancer's Bible is written in that spirit, and it's a very good volume to have at hand for that reason. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K HAGANS on March 26, 2013
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Very well research, thought out manual. Tries to give you all the info you will need, but of course cannot cover everything. Good for the beginner or intermediary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cal Bingham on April 3, 2013
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This is the greatest book I've read about freelancing. It's amazingly descriptive and is simply the ebst guide to the freelance life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Donlen on April 1, 2013
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Although my freelancing is in a different field than the author's, this book helped me rethink some things. Good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lena Warren on February 17, 2013
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This book was a great buy with tons of information. Shipped quick and has been a great resource and I am just starting.
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