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How Often Do Freelancers Get Paid Late?

In addition to irregular income streams and projects, freelancers have to deal with clients that don’t pay on time. We looked at data from 100,000 freelancers.

12 Essential Skills for a Freelance Social Media Manager

This fast-paced career is in high demand by companies big and small. Anyone with a Facebook page or Twitter account will likely hire a social media manager. Those who haven't yet – probably will. Are you up to the challenge?

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How Often Do Freelancers Get Paid Late?

In addition to irregular income streams and projects, freelancers have to deal with clients that don’t pay on time. We looked at data from 100,000 freelancers.

Matthew Brown
12 Essential Skills for a Freelance Social Media Manager

This fast-paced career is in high demand by companies big and small. Anyone with a Facebook page or Twitter account will likely hire a social media manager. Those who haven't yet – probably will. Are you up to the challenge?

Linsey Knerl
How to Become a Freelance Marketing Consultant

Living the freelance life is becoming more and more common. More job categories than ever before are available to work as a freelancer, and among the most exciting – and good-paying – is marketing!2

Linsey Knerl
How to Plan for Retirement on a Freelance Income

If you’ve been freelancing for a longer amount of time, the topic of a retirement plan has probably crossed your mind at some point. Discover your options are.

Josh Pratt
The Basics of the Form 1099-MISC for Independent Contractors

Before you can file your taxes, you must ensure you have all of your forms and records. One of the most essential forms to include in your tax calculations and filing is the Form 1099-MISC. Discover why Independent contractors need it.

Linsey Knerl
20 Best Sketch Plugins That You Should Be Using

If you’re a freelance designer or developer, you’re probably already familiar with the powerful and popular Sketch app. Find out what are our top 20 best Sketch Plugins to use.

Linsey Knerl
What are the Highest Paid Freelance Jobs?

The flexibility of working for yourself is one of the reasons people leave their day jobs to become independent contractors. But what are the highest paid freelance jobs out there?

Linsey Knerl
Best Tax and Accounting Software for Self-Employed & Freelancers

It takes both pieces – accounting and tax filing – to ensure a stable financial footing for independent contractors. But what are the best tax and accounting software for Self-Employed and Freelancers?

Linsey Knerl
How Much Do I Charge for a Website?

What's a fair price for a website? How much is too much? Is it okay to be competitive? Discover how much you should charge for a website!

Linsey Knerl
How to Become a UX Designer

Do you have the creativity, business sense, and customer empathy needed to be a UX Designer? Discover what it takes to become a UX Designer in 2018.

Linsey Knerl
10 Best Project Management Tools for Freelancers

Many successful freelancers depend on at least one project management tool to keep everything sorted. Discover the best project management tools for freelancers.

Linsey Knerl
Freelance Bookkeeping: Follow The Experts Tips

Discover Linsey's best bookkeeping tips for freelancers of all industries, experience levels, and worth.

Linsey Knerl
Form 1040 Instructions for Freelancers

As it's getting close to the time most freelancers dread -- tax time. If it's your first season filing as an independent contractor, you may have lots of questions. Discover the instruction for filling out your Form 1040.

Linsey Knerl
10 Tips for Freelancers Using Subcontractors Agreements

Drafting your first subcontractor agreement can be a little nerve-wracking. Discover our top 10 tips that will help you draft your first one.

Linsey Knerl
10 Places to Find Your Next Photography Job

Here are some of the most popular – and promising – destinations for finding your next photography job from all over the world.

Linsey Knerl
Sole Proprietorship vs. LLC - How to Structure Your Freelance Business

Sole proprietorship vs LLC? Most freelancers need a little time to figure out the best structure for them, and that’s OK. Discover some insights on what might work best for you!

Linsey Knerl
Do I Need an EIN when Freelancing?

An EIN is becoming industry standard for freelancers and is a secure way to share your tax info for reporting purposes. Discover why you do need an EIN.

Linsey Knerl
How to Create The Perfect Design Portfolio

Everything you should know about putting your freelance design portfolio together for the first time, as well as polishing up your existing portfolio for the best possible presentation!

Linsey Knerl
Form 8829 Instructions: Your Guide to Using This Form

The home office deduction is just one of many money-saving tools available to help you keep more of your income and avoid overpaying on taxes. Discover our form 8829 instructions.

Linsey Knerl
Stripe vs PayPal, Which One Should I Use as a Freelancer?

While PayPal is the more widely recognized option, that doesn’t mean you can’t educate clients on the benefits of Stripe. PayPal vs Stripe, discover which one to use for your freelance business.

Linsey Knerl
How To Write a Freelance Business Plan to Grow Your Business

Starting a freelance business can be daunting, but having the right mindset and attitude, coupled with the right freelance business plan, will certainly lessen the chances of treading on rocky road.

Helena Rodriguez
The Freelancer’s Guide to Retainer Agreements

As a general rule, freelancers love retainers. Having your guaranteed attention keeps clients feeling valuable and ensures many months of work ahead!

Linsey Knerl
PayPal Fees for Receiving Money: Are They Worth It?

PayPal may be the best option for those looking for quick payments from any source, discover the PayPal fees for receiving money through it.

Linsey Knerl
Get the Facts about the Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction

The self-employment health insurance deduction can take hundreds of even thousands off of your tax bill, making it a good investment for many.

Linsey Knerl
What's a 2017 W9 Tax Form & How To Fill It Out

For those who have traditionally earned most income as an employee, you may not have much of an idea what it is for or how to fill out a 2017 W9 form. Follow our tips.

Linsey Knerl
Learn to Write the Perfect Freelance Design Proposals

Writing a perfect freelance design proposals are the heart and soul of getting new business. Follow Linsey's expert tips on the subject.

Linsey Knerl
Top Self Employed Tax Deductions That You Should Know

By working for yourself many of your expenses can help you save on your taxes. Discover the top self employed tax deductions that you should know!

Linsey Knerl
Discover How to Charge Late Fees as a Freelancer

Here are the basics to pursuing collections and how late fees can assist freelancers in the process.

Linsey Knerl
How Webflow Helps Freelance Designers and Developers Earn More

Most freelancers can agree that doing more with less time and effort is a constant pursuit. Is Webflow the tool you’ve been waiting for to make it happen?

Linsey Knerl
How to Become a Successful Freelancer

No specific strategy will work for everyone, but getting the right advice will help you become a successful freelancer.

Linsey Knerl
50 Top Sites to Find Work as a Freelancer

Finding work as a freelancer can be a painful experience... Discover Linsey's top 50 websites to help you find your next freelance gigs!

Linsey Knerl
How to Scale Your Freelance Agency?

Skyrocketing business? Here are some simple ways to quickly scale your freelance agency and support your growth.

Jenn Marie
Employees or 1099 Independent Contractors?

All you need to know when hiring writers: Should you hire full timers or freelancers?

Jenn Marie
How to find new clients for your freelance business

6 critical tips to help you secure more clients for your freelance business.

Linsey Knerl
6 Tips That Every New Freelancer Should Know

Are you making the plunge as a new freelancer? Here are our 6 top tips to help you get started.

Chad Eschman
How to Build your Freelance Reputation

Getting to a steady stream of clients will always start with a good track record of successful projects. Learn how to build your freelance reputation!

Niraj Ranjan Rout
How to Decide If Freelancing Is Right For You

Currently pondering whether to swap your regular job for a life of freedom and self-sufficiency? here are some points to bear in mind.

Matt Nishiguchi
What To Include in Your Freelance Contracts

The biggest points of confusion are always surrounding money. How to buff up your contract to protect you from late, or non-paying clients.

Matthew Brown
Should You Start Your Own Freelance Agency?

Finding yourself with more work than you can handle? Here are the key questions to ask yourself before starting your own freelance agency.

Matthew Brown
What's a Freelance Management System (FMS)?

Managing freelancers shouldn’t be a full-time job. New solutions called Freelance Management Systems are emerging among content teams.

Chad Eschman
Why You Need a Freelance Agreement

There are many excuses for not using an agreement with clients, but none of them are good. Here is why it's important to always get one.

Matt Nishiguchi
The 6-Step Guide to Manage Remote Freelancers

For most online content and marketing managers, taking their existing methods of management to manage remote freelancers is not not enough.

Linsey Knerl
The 6-Step Process to Build a Stellar Content Team

Looking to push your content strategy? 6 proven steps to build your dream content team and create content at scale.

Linsey Knerl
3 Ways to Manage Your Time as a Freelancer

Our brief look at three of the most popular time management techniques, explaining how they work and why they might be suitable for you.

Matthew Brown
How to Manage Your Budget as a Freelancer

Going on a budget rollercoaster? Here are some of the ways Bonsai freelancers use to reach a little more stable financial situation.

Matt Nishiguchi
Avoiding Isolation as a Freelancer

Often thinking about how you could make your work less isolating? The flexibility of your freelancing status might actually be an asset.

Matt Nishiguchi
Should Freelancers Ever Work for Free?

Have you ever wondered if working for free would actually help you more than a paid gig? Here a few elements to help you chose.

Matt Nishiguchi
5 Ways to Find More Work as a Freelancer

Looking for new gigs? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get back on track. Here are five of the ways we’ve found work over the years.

Matthew Brown
The Complete Guide to Build Your Editorial Calendar on Trello

Looking for an easy way to build your next editorial calendar? Trello could be a solid pick and a great addition to your Freelance system.

Linsey Knerl
10 Best Practices for Managing Freelance Writers

Managing a freelance team of writers requires planning, consistency, and communication These tips will help you manage freelancers with ease.

Chad Eschman
5 Personal Finance Tips for Freelancers

Here are 5 financial tips to help you keep your freelance career running smoothly while avoiding common financial hurdles.

Matthew Brown
How to Find the Best Freelance Writers

Struggling to find good freelance writers? Here are a few questions to ask yourself and a guided approach to get the perfect one.

Shannon C Pritchard
How to Build and Deploy a Winning Content Strategy

Building or rethinking your content strategy? Here is a 4-plan framework for a winning content strategy your audience and writers will love.

Chad Eschman
Differences between Freelance and Vendor Management Systems

Does your team need a vendor management system or a freelance management system? Bonsai explains the differences so you can decide.

Chad Eschman
Freelancers, do you know your market rates?

Get to know the rates of more than 30,000 freelancers and use that data as an asset when negotiating new contracts.

Matthew Brown
5 Things You Must Have in Your Design Portfolio

Having a complete, clean, and descriptive online portfolio is key to getting inbound work requests. Here is what to build a stellar one.

Matthew Brown
How to Pay Your Freelance Writers

Building a freelance writing team, and managing your budget with several different pricing and be challenging. Here is quick pricing guide.

Jenn Marie
12 Essential Skills for a Freelance Social Media Manager

This fast-paced career is in high demand by companies big and small. Anyone with a Facebook page or Twitter account will likely hire a social media manager. Those who haven't yet – probably will. Are you up to the challenge?

What are the Highest Paid Freelance Jobs?

The flexibility of working for yourself is one of the reasons people leave their day jobs to become independent contractors. But what are the highest paid freelance jobs out there?

10 Places to Find Your Next Photography Job

Here are some of the most popular – and promising – destinations for finding your next photography job from all over the world.

How To Write a Freelance Business Plan to Grow Your Business

Starting a freelance business can be daunting, but having the right mindset and attitude, coupled with the right freelance business plan, will certainly lessen the chances of treading on rocky road.

Learn to Write the Perfect Freelance Design Proposals

Writing a perfect freelance design proposals are the heart and soul of getting new business. Follow Linsey's expert tips on the subject.

50 Top Sites to Find Work as a Freelancer

Finding work as a freelancer can be a painful experience... Discover Linsey's top 50 websites to help you find your next freelance gigs!

How to find new clients for your freelance business

6 critical tips to help you secure more clients for your freelance business.

Should You Start Your Own Freelance Agency?

Finding yourself with more work than you can handle? Here are the key questions to ask yourself before starting your own freelance agency.

How Much Do I Charge for a Website?

What's a fair price for a website? How much is too much? Is it okay to be competitive? Discover how much you should charge for a website!

How to Create The Perfect Design Portfolio

Everything you should know about putting your freelance design portfolio together for the first time, as well as polishing up your existing portfolio for the best possible presentation!

How to Become a Successful Freelancer

No specific strategy will work for everyone, but getting the right advice will help you become a successful freelancer.

How to Build your Reputation as a Freelancer

Getting to a steady stream of clients will always start with a good track record of successful projects. Learn how to build your freelance reputation!

Should Freelancers Ever Work for Free?

Have you ever wondered if working for free would actually help you more than a paid gig? Here a few elements to help you chose.

Freelancers, do you know your market rates?

Get to know the rates of more than 30,000 freelancers and use that data as an asset when negotiating new contracts.

5 Things You Must Have in Your Design Portfolio

Having a complete, clean, and descriptive online portfolio is key to getting inbound work requests. Here is what to build a stellar one.

How Often Do Freelancers Get Paid Late? It Depends If You’re a Woman or Man.

In addition to irregular income streams and projects, freelancers have to deal with clients that don’t pay on time. We looked at data from 100,000 freelancers.

How to Plan for Retirement on a Freelance Income

If you’ve been freelancing for a longer amount of time, the topic of a retirement plan has probably crossed your mind at some point. Discover your options are.

Best Tax and Accounting Software for Self-Employed & Freelancers

It takes both pieces – accounting and tax filing – to ensure a stable financial footing for independent contractors. But what are the best tax and accounting software for Self-Employed and Freelancers?

Freelance Bookkeeping: Follow The Experts Tips

Discover Linsey's best bookkeeping tips for freelancers of all industries, experience levels, and worth.

Form 1040 Instructions for Freelancers

As it's getting close to the time most freelancers dread -- tax time. If it's your first season filing as an independent contractor, you may have lots of questions. Discover the instruction for filling out your Form 1040.

Sole Proprietorship vs. LLC - How to Structure Your Freelance Business

Sole proprietorship vs LLC? Most freelancers need a little time to figure out the best structure for them, and that’s OK. Discover some insights on what might work best for you!

Form 8829 Instructions: Your Guide to Using This Form

The home office deduction is just one of many money-saving tools available to help you keep more of your income and avoid overpaying on taxes. Discover our form 8829 instructions.

PayPal Fees for Receiving Money: Are They Worth It?

PayPal may be the best option for those looking for quick payments from any source, discover the PayPal fees for receiving money through it.

Get the Facts about the Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction

The self-employment health insurance deduction can take hundreds of even thousands off of your tax bill, making it a good investment for many.

What's a 2017 W9 Tax Form & How To Fill It Out

For those who have traditionally earned most income as an employee, you may not have much of an idea what it is for or how to fill out a 2017 W9 form. Follow our tips.

Top Self Employed Tax Deductions That You Should Know

By working for yourself many of your expenses can help you save on your taxes. Discover the top self employed tax deductions that you should know!

How to Manage Your Budget as a Freelancer

Going on a budget rollercoaster? Here are some of the ways Bonsai freelancers use to reach a little more stable financial situation.

5 Personal Finance Tips for Freelancers

Here are 5 financial tips to help you keep your freelance career running smoothly while avoiding common financial hurdles.

The Freelancer’s Guide to Retainer Agreements

As a general rule, freelancers love retainers. Having your guaranteed attention keeps clients feeling valuable and ensures many months of work ahead!

Discover How to Charge Late Fees as a Freelancer

Here are the basics to pursuing collections and how late fees can assist freelancers in the process.

What To Include in Your Freelance Contracts

The biggest points of confusion are always surrounding money. How to buff up your contract to protect you from late, or non-paying clients.

Why You Need a Freelance Agreement

There are many excuses for not using an agreement with clients, but none of them are good. Here is why it's important to always get one.

5 Ways to Find More Work as a Freelancer

Looking for new gigs? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get back on track. Here are five of the ways we’ve found work over the years.

10 Tips for Freelancers Using Subcontractors Agreements

Drafting your first subcontractor agreement can be a little nerve-wracking. Discover our top 10 tips that will help you draft your first one.

How to Scale Your Freelance Agency?

Skyrocketing business? Here are some simple ways to quickly scale your freelance agency and support your growth.

Employees or 1099 Independent Contractors?

All you need to know when hiring writers: Should you hire full timers or freelancers?

What's a Freelance Management System (FMS)?

Managing freelancers shouldn’t be a full-time job. New solutions called Freelance Management Systems are emerging among content teams.

The 6-Step Guide to Manage Remote Freelancers

For most online content and marketing managers, taking their existing methods of management to manage remote freelancers is not not enough.

The 6-Step Process to Build a Stellar Content Team

Looking to push your content strategy? 6 proven steps to build your dream content team and create content at scale.

The Complete Guide to Build Your Editorial Calendar on Trello

Looking for an easy way to build your next editorial calendar? Trello could be a solid pick and a great addition to your Freelance system.

10 Best Practices for Managing Freelance Writers

Managing a freelance team of writers requires planning, consistency, and communication These tips will help you manage freelancers with ease.

How to Find the Best Freelance Writers

Struggling to find good freelance writers? Here are a few questions to ask yourself and a guided approach to get the perfect one.

How to Build and Deploy a Winning Content Strategy

Building or rethinking your content strategy? Here is a 4-plan framework for a winning content strategy your audience and writers will love.

Differences between Freelance and Vendor Management Systems

Does your team need a vendor management system or a freelance management system? Bonsai explains the differences so you can decide.

How to Pay Your Freelance Writers

Building a freelance writing team, and managing your budget with several different pricing and be challenging. Here is quick pricing guide.

How to Become a Freelance Marketing Consultant

Living the freelance life is becoming more and more common. More job categories than ever before are available to work as a freelancer, and among the most exciting – and good-paying – is marketing!2

The Basics of the Form 1099-MISC for Independent Contractors

Before you can file your taxes, you must ensure you have all of your forms and records. One of the most essential forms to include in your tax calculations and filing is the Form 1099-MISC. Discover why Independent contractors need it.

20 Best Sketch Plugins That You Should Be Using

If you’re a freelance designer or developer, you’re probably already familiar with the powerful and popular Sketch app. Find out what are our top 20 best Sketch Plugins to use.

How to Become a UX Designer

Do you have the creativity, business sense, and customer empathy needed to be a UX Designer? Discover what it takes to become a UX Designer in 2018.

10 Best Project Management Tools for Freelancers

Many successful freelancers depend on at least one project management tool to keep everything sorted. Discover the best project management tools for freelancers.

Do I Need an EIN when Freelancing?

An EIN is becoming industry standard for freelancers and is a secure way to share your tax info for reporting purposes. Discover why you do need an EIN.

Stripe vs PayPal, Which One Should I Use as a Freelancer?

While PayPal is the more widely recognized option, that doesn’t mean you can’t educate clients on the benefits of Stripe. PayPal vs Stripe, discover which one to use for your freelance business.

How Webflow Helps Freelance Designers and Developers Earn More

Most freelancers can agree that doing more with less time and effort is a constant pursuit. Is Webflow the tool you’ve been waiting for to make it happen?

6 Tips That Every New Freelancer Should Know

Are you making the plunge as a new freelancer? Here are our 6 top tips to help you get started.

How to Decide If Freelancing Is Right For You

Currently pondering whether to swap your regular job for a life of freedom and self-sufficiency? here are some points to bear in mind.

3 Ways to Manage Your Time as a Freelancer

Our brief look at three of the most popular time management techniques, explaining how they work and why they might be suitable for you.

Avoiding Isolation as a Freelancer

Often thinking about how you could make your work less isolating? The flexibility of your freelancing status might actually be an asset.

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