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The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed: The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-So-Regular Jobs Paperback – March 2, 2010
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“‘The Money Book’ lays out the key issues for workers who don't have benefits. It hits on the major themes of saving regularly, planning for retirement, and managing your taxes when you, the worker, are ultimately responsible. Its conversational tone makes it easily accessible for readers who aren't inclined to read about how to crunch numbers and budget.”
"The Money Book" is an indispensable survival guide that belongs on the desk of every independent worker who is willing do whatever it takes to achieve success.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Through trial and error, veteran freelancers D'Agnese and Kiernan worked out a money-management system that allowed them to save for emergencies and retirement, pay off debt, buy benefits, cover their taxes and survive the droughts in business that seem an inevitable part of working for yourself.
They convey all this in a book that's irreverent and hugely entertaining.”
“Developed from the personal experiences of the authors, this book is fun and relevant, with no other recent work quite comparable. Recommended for anyone who is self-employed now or is facing a new work-life situation.”
About the Author
Joseph D'Agnese is a freelance writer who has written forThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, This Old House, and many other magazines and newspapers. He has been published extensively in Discover, and also in Seedand Wired, and was twice named to the annual anthology,Best American Science Writing. He's the author of a children's picture book, Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci.
Denise Kiernan has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Saveur, Discover, Ms., New York Daily News, and many other publications. She was head writer of ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" during its Emmy award-winning first season, and is the author of a number of books for adults and children.
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The book is in a very conversational and easy to understand format, not full of jargon and eye-glazing financial terms that other self-help books use, making this perfect for folks like me who want to better their situation without spending a lot of time on it.
Being freelancers themselves, the authors understand how mind-numbing a lot of these subjects can be, but offer simple solutions that are easy to begin TODAY so you can be on your path to financial stability with an unstable paycheck, no waiting. You can start the process as you read the book and develop better habits without radical life changes.
Would recommend for anyone in the freelancing world, from novices to pros who might just need a few reminders of how to manage their time and money for a better future.
I was hoping for an advanced level book - one that really helps you make REAL calculations around tax liabilities, how to evaluate insurance plans, etc. The best advice this book offers is to consult a professional CPA, financial adviser, and attorney. I agree with that advice, I was just hoping to learn a few more helpful tactics from other successful freelancers along the way. Instead, I ended up with very generic and overly simplistic advice (save 10% of every check, or 20 or 30% if you can).
My biggest fear is that too many people will listen to this advice, and assume that 10% is going to cover their tax liabilities. The book did nothing to break down the realities of self employment taxes, or address some of the critical ways you can reduce your liabilities.
If you're new to responsible management of your own finances, this book may be a good start, though there are TONS of great books on that topic and I'm not sure I would start with this one. If you are looking for a heavyweight book on managing finances as a freelancer, I'm sorry, but this one isn't it.
This is a good read, a good approach and something for those that want a tangible book in their hands. I didn't want an ebook or to read a ton of blog posts, and therefore I got this one. It's worth it, but not perfect.
I much preferred "Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants" by Nolo. It is much better organized and packed with info written in a straightforward manner.
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