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Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Gig Workers of All Types Paperback – February 24, 2014
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“As an independent contractor, you are your boss. This is why Fishman’s book is so important.” New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Covers everything independent contractors need to know."Business Life
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The book is well-organized, nicely laid out, and has self-contained chapters such that it's easy to read the book in pieces, when you reach the point of dealing with that particular part of establishing the business. For example, I started with the sections on business structures, taxes and licensing and permits. Then I moved on to the sections on home office vs. outside office. Now I'm moving into the sections on pricing my services, developing client agreements and how to help make sure your clients pay. Shortly I'll be moving into record-keeping and accounting. And soon thereafter I'll be looking at the sections on insuring the business and paying estimated taxes.
Each business owner will hit these issues in slightly different order, and this book makes it really easy to get the answers you need quickly. If I have a specific question, I can look at the table of contents and figure out immediately which of one or two sections should have the answer I need right now. The book is written to be digestible to anyone; while it doesn't "dumb down" the subject matter, it also doesn't discuss things in a way that is over your head.
I've picked this book up at least twice a week for the last twelve weeks. Invaluable.
NOTE: this edition is for independent contractors, freelancers and consultants - mainly people whose primary purpose is to provide a SERVICE (where goods/materials are incidental.) If you're primarily looking to provide GOODS (in other words, sell tangible products) then please be aware that Nolo makes a different guide for that, and this is not the best version for you.
The information on paying estimated taxes also turned out to be spot-on. What could have been a worry and anxiety producing matter turned out to be routine the first time I did it. When I already knew what to do but just wanted verification and source support, this book helped and easily justified the purchase.
Covers everything from pricing, contracts, and taxes. If you have done your own research there might not be much new info here, but it will still serve you well as a reference and reminder of the things you should be doing. It also clarifies some issues (i.e., Employee vs. Independent Contractors relationships) that some people (even small business owners) don't know or don't understand.
Oh, and the rest of the book is great too! The suggestions for record-keeping, documenting expenses, samples of contracts and legal forms, copyright and trademark advice -- it's all exactly what I needed. I wish I had found this book first, it would have saved me a lot of time and money. Highly recommended as the all-in-one resource it claims to be.
I've used this book and all of Fishman's other books to understand tax and copyright laws. All of his titles allow you to empower yourself
with legal knowledge written in easy to understand laymen's terms. I won my copyright dispute because of books like this.
It saved me thousands in legal fees! His intellect is a wonderful gift to those who need to know but can't afford high priced attorneys.
An Excellent Read!