What Tax Deductions Can You Take as a Freelance Writer?

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As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to turn your thoughts toward taxes. More specifically, you need to have an idea of what tax deductions you can take. As a freelance writer, my expenses are fairly low, but there are still some tax deductions that I take each year. As you begin toting […]

Create a Home Business Schedule that Works for You

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One of the hardest things about running your own business, or working from home in any capacity, is figuring out a schedule that works for you. While it seems like it should be easy — work whenever you want! — the reality is that putting together a home business schedule requires some thought. And maintaining […]

How Should You Pay Your Freelance Writer?

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When you hire a freelance writer, you will have to figure out how to compensate him or her. Setting up your relationship with a freelance writer is, in part, about how you plan to pay. There are a number of different arrangements that you can use to get started. Here are some of the options […]

What is Fiverr? A scam, a steal, or a little of both?

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So is it Fiver, Fiverr, or 5’er?  It doesn’t matter what you call it, it has the potential to impress you, disappoint you, and most of all entertain you.  But is Fiverr a legit freelancing site that can help your business? Well, let’s be honest, Fiverr is like a giant flea market.  You have to sift through […]

How to Coordinate Staff Writers

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As you build your successful blog, and as you establish relationships with staff writers, you will need to coordinate their efforts. A lot of the time, this means putting together some sort of editorial calendar. At the very least, it might mean discussing topic ideas ahead of time. You also need to figure out a […]

How to Set Up Your Relationship with a Staff Writer

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Please welcome Miranda, an accomplished author and friend who I’m thrilled to have landed as a staff writer on the Don’t Do It Yourself blog. It’s only fitting for both her and my blog that in her first post she talks about how to setup a relationship with a freelance staff writer! At some point, many […]

Marketing a Plugin for Big Bucks: Interview with Travis Ketchum

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Have you ever considered building a WordPress plugin and selling it?  If you do it right you can make a killing.  And if you set it up properly, it could be the closest thing to “passive income” you’ll find these days. Today I’m going to interview Travis Ketchum, the creator of Contest Domination.  Contest Domination is a […]

A Simple Formula to Keep Your Staff Writers Pumping Out Fresh Content

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This is a guest post from Brett Lindenberg of 500aMonth.com. If you want to guest post, check out my guidelines here. Like many other web-based entrepreneurs that have come before me, in the beginning I struggled with keeping my virtual employees busy week after week. I’d send out a wish list of “things to do” […]

$100 giveaway: Share your experience with Elance, 99designs, or Fiverr to qualify

Have you ever hired a freelance graphic designer, programmer, or virtual assistant?  Or have you ever bought a crazy gig on Fiverr? Well, if you want to share your experience and rate the freelance website you used, you can win $50 in cash.  I’m giving away $50 (via PayPal) to two lucky people this Labor […]

My Unpursued Start-up Ideas

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Inspired by a post from my friend Yasmine, I’ve decided to share some of my start-up ideas that I never had the time or will to execute.  It’s taken a lot of courage to share these babies publicly (and a small dose of shame), but this is a therapeutic exercise for me. You’ll notice a […]