Money & Taxes

Watch out for this hidden 2017 tax increase

Perhaps you’ve heard from the older folks you know that the government is feeling generous when it comes to Social Security recipients this year—giving them a whopping 0.…


Clients & Gigs

The simple secret to getting more word-of-mouth referrals

OK. Put your donut down for a minute and pay attention. I have some questions for you: Can you recommend a career coach for my cousin who’s thinking of…


Advocacy

Uncovering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s lost Labor legacy

This past week has been a time of reflection and service. Like many Americans, I paused to think about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I…


Advocacy

Do unions need to evolve to survive the next 4 years?

Since the 1980's, private sector unions have been on a steep decline: For every private-sector union member, there are five more workers who have no legal right to representation. In…


Clients & Gigs Creativity

The 6 most effective marketing tools for creative professionals in 2017

Have you noticed that there are way too many marketing tools to promote yourself? Maybe you’re even using them and feeling totally overwhelmed. It’s a huge problem. Worse,…


Money & Taxes

8 ways to wise up on your retirement savings as a freelancer

Honest Dollar is passionate about making saving for retirement simple and flexible for freelancers. To help you save for retirement we offer Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Below are some responses…


Creativity

How to make your BIG ideas happen

Being an entrepreneur or freelancer means you’re different from most people. You know have something valuable to add to the world and you’re prepared to do what it…


Creativity

Why the power of creative women can't (and won't) be ignored

We are living in one of the most paradoxical moments in American history. Days from now, Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States of America.…


Advocacy

Freelancing and the next 4 years

Freelancing under the Trump presidency may mean more opportunities, but fewer protections. In his Fast Company article, freelance journalist Jared Lindzon cites the possibility that conservative policies favoring lower taxes,…


Clients & Gigs

How "Key Convincer Phrases" can land you the gig every time

Key Convincer Phrases are terms that arrest our attention. Great copywriters know hundreds of them. Have you ever read a sales letter and find yourself nodding along in agreement with…


Clients & Gigs

4 reasons job boards are still worth your time

The truth is I’ve written many articles telling freelancers that job boards don’t work. That you’re better off going out and finding your own clients on your…


Clients & Gigs

The secret to building a steady income as a freelancer

Let me ask you a question… What’s the best thing about having a job? Not the worst thing (this is a newsletter, not a 12-part miniseries). The best thing.…


Money & Taxes

Finland becomes first European country to trial Basic Income system

After Switzerland passed on a motion for Universal Basic Income last year, Finland has taken the lead to become the first country in Europe to pilot paying citizens an unconditional…


Creativity

How to stop feeling like a fraud

I worked in corporate sales for 12 years peddling data to Fortune 500 companies. My parents never could quite grasp what I did for a living and neither could my…


Community

Grit, Grind, Grow: Freelancing in Memphis

From FedEx and AutoZone to Elvis and Justin Timberlake, Memphis isn’t a stranger to business and creativity. But the freelance scene is only just beginning to boom in the…


Clients & Gigs

How to kick-off your year with annual review

Being a freelancer is a beautiful thing. It means never having to say “I’ll be back 15 minutes late from lunch, Todd. Hope that’s okay. I have a…


Clients & Gigs

Working from home: 3 amazing secrets to boost productivity

Everyone I have asked either seems to love or hate working from home. The people who love it enjoy the freedom that comes with working unsupervised. The people who hate…


Creativity

How to plan for a glorious finish to 2017 – right from the start

Happy New Year! If you are like most people, you have probably set goals, made resolutions, or created a vision board for the upcoming year. Many of us want 2017…


Money & Taxes

The simple system that can keep your cash-flow consistent

Getting paid is one of the biggest legal issues (if not the biggest) for small business owners. And yes, we freelancers are small business owners. And, either you deal with…