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Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers Perfect Paperback – June 30, 2009
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Writers everywhere will be so happy to find this book! I am a writer, not a bookkeeper, but bookkeeping is a big part of being a writer. Unfortunately, many writers do not have bookkeeping or business skills. This book can help you tremendously with forming your business, setting up what you need to do legally, choosing a name, and documenting your income for the IRS. The forms included in this book are invaluable and make the process much easier and stremlined, including a freelance contract and subcontractor agreement. Save yourself much time and aggravation and use this book and the forms included to begin your successful writing career today! ----Michelle Dunn, columnist and author of eight books in the collecting money series
A practical manual that covers far more than its title not just bookkeeping but many other business aspects of running a freelance writing business in the U.S. I had to find all this out from trial and error this book will give you a great head start. ----Shel Horowitz, author of Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers
Becoming a freelance writer is really exciting, and it can be easy to get caught up in getting your business off the ground. But many creative types do their bookkeeping basics on the fly, or not at all. Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers explains how to track your expenses, file for taxes, and organize your business in an easy-to-understand way. More importantly, it helps freelancers understand that keeping the financial aspect of their business organized is just as critical to success as that first big article published in a national magazine. ----Amy Forstadt, Freelance Communications and Marketing Specialist
About the Author
Brigitte A. Thompson is the President of Datamaster Accounting Services, LLC and author of numerous recordkeeping and tax books. She has been active in the field of accounting since 1986 and is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and Vermont Tax Practitioners Association. Thompson is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared nationally in print and online publications. Her new blog, Writers In Business, has become a popular page for writers throughout the United States. You can visit at WritersInBusiness.blogspot.com
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They pull out their well worn copy of Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers by Brigitte Thompson and let out a sigh of relief.
Thompson shares her expertise, knowledge and skills with you, the writer on how you can choose a business name for your writing business, deal with your income, track your income, how to deal with business deductions, expenses of all kinds, home office deductions and setting up a realistic and BASIC (it's in the title!) business entity and everything that goes along with it. She also includes a chapter of blank forms you can use that make it SO easy.
You can be a freelance writer without this book but in my opinion you can be a much more successful freelance writer with this book.
As the director of the Writer's Business Academy, I've added this book to the recommended reading list and Resource list for our students - and if you're a freelance writer or author, I highly recommend that you read it too.
Since this book is written for a specific target - writers - ALL of the information is relevant and useful for those in this chosen profession. The book covers everything from figuring out what travel expenses are deductible, to determining taxable writing income and knowing how to claim home office deductions plus so much more. "Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers" needs to be on every writer's shelf right next to "Writer's Market" as a must have resource for writing success.
I fancy myself a pretty smart gal, but the first time around even I stumbled across a couple areas that I had to read a couple times over to understadn fully. But on a whole Ms. Thompson does a lovely job of making the tedious and often complicated process of bookeeping seem simple in a "Ohhhh, so that's how you do it!" kind of way. As a budding freelancer, it's been added to my shelf of resources and filed under "read again".