How Not To Get Tricked By Your Employer: Make Sure Your Freelance Writing Job Is Legit


If you are a freelance writer, you have to work with many clients. Sometimes, freelancers get tricked by employers, so it is important to ensure that your writing job is legit. However, there are many questions involved, especially when it comes to regulatory paperwork. You offer writing services, so you must have all the required permits and licenses, make the required tax payments, report your income level, prepare contracts and agreements for clients, and so on.

You should take heed of several must-dos in order to make your freelance job legit and optimize your paperwork:

  • Learn about what permits or licenses you need.
  • You should learn about what permits or rights licenses you need in your state or town. It makes sense to visit your local government’s website. Usually, you will have to get a general business license and a home occupancy permit. However, check out whether any other conditions and requirements apply.

  • Consider registering your business name.
  • If you do not want to use your own name as your business name, you should register the company’s name with your local government.

  • Pay your taxes.
  • Your taxes should not be withheld by a client. As a freelancer, you are responsible for paying estimated taxes. You can also file your annual return if you expect to earn more than one thousand dollars. If you have any questions, you should read about how to calculate and make such tax payments on the tax agency’s website.

  • Ask your clients for a W-9 form.
  • Usually, a new client will ask you to fill in this form, or you can ask them for it as well. The W-9 form is easy to complete. The most important information includes your name, social security number, business name, and whether you are subject to backup withholdings.

  • Create templates for project quotes.
  • You can save your time and give your business a professional touch by creating basic graphics and documents. If you do not want to hire a professional, you can use numerous free online templates and do them by yourself.

  • Get familiar with standard contract documents.
  • Usually, companies offer their own contracts for freelance writers. You should read such documents carefully and point out whether something is irrelevant, get familiar with a non-disclosure agreement, and prepare your own contract in case your client does not have his or her own.

  • Prepare a statement of work.
  • This simple document should include the scope of your work, main terms, and conditions. A typical statement of work also sets expectations, important details, needed resources, and prices. It should clearly and specifically demonstrate a mutual agreement between the freelancer and his or her client.

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