Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants

Overview

Start your business off on the right foot

Ready to be your own boss? Congratulations! This book provides all the legal and tax information you need.

Whether you need to draft a contract, price your services, maximize your tax deductions, or sort out your benefits options, we?ve got you covered. Find out how to:

  • ? determine how much to charge your clients
  • ? write legally binding contracts and letter agreements
  • ? qualify for independent ...
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Overview

Start your business off on the right foot

Ready to be your own boss? Congratulations! This book provides all the legal and tax information you need.

Whether you need to draft a contract, price your services, maximize your tax deductions, or sort out your benefits options, we’ve got you covered. Find out how to:

  • • determine how much to charge your clients
  • • write legally binding contracts and letter agreements
  • • qualify for independent contractor tax treatment
  • • make the most of your tax deductions
  • • get benefits (including health coverage)
  • • keep accurate records in case you get audited
  • • make sure you’re paid in full and on time

The 9th edition is completely revised to provide the up-to-date information you need, including recent changes in tax law and new benefit options available through Obamacare.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This thorough and well-organized volume will guide individuals through the legal and tax issues that come with the territory. From deciding on legal structures to drafting contracts to collecting payment from deadbeat clients, this is excellent information." Library Journal

“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

Des Moines Register
Whether you already work for yourself or are thinking about making the move, Working for Yourself will help make sure it's done right.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
As an independent contractor, you are your boss. This is why Fishman's book is so important.
Leonard Charla
Could well have been called The Independent Contractor Bible... Don't contract independently without it.
Small Press Magazine
Accounting Today
If everything goes well with that new freelance business... then Nolo's Working for Yourself is the only book you'll need.
Des Moines Register
Whether you already work for yourself or are thinking about making the move, Working for Yourself will help make sure it's done right.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Walks the reader through the basics of choosing a business form and then deals with start-up concerns, the myriad tax-paying and reporting issues and introductory information on recordkeeping, intellectual property and agreements.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
As an independent contractor, you are your boss. This is why Fishman's book is so important.
Orange County Register
A comprehensive guide to meeting the requirements for starting as an independent contractor.
Small Press Magazine
Could well have been called The Independent Contractor Bible... Don't contract independently without it.
— Leonard Charla
US News & World Report
A clearly presented, all-around resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413319811
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 377,299
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, most recently Tax Deductions for Professionals. Other titles include Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide and Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn—plus many other legal and business books. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California and after time in government and private practice, became a full-time legal writer.
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Table of Contents


1. Working for Yourself: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
2. Choosing the Legal Form for Your Business
3. Choosing and Protecting Your Business Name
4. Home Alone or Outside Office?
5. Obtaining Licenses, Permits, and Identification Numbers
6. Insuring Your Business and Yourself
7. Pricing Your Services and Getting Paid
8. Taxes and the Self-Employed
9. Reducing Your Income Taxes
10. The Bane of Self-Employment Taxes
11. Paying Estimated Taxes
12. Rules for Salespeople, Drivers, and Clothing Producers
13. Taxes for Workers You Hire
14. Record Keeping and Accounting Made Easy
15. Safeguarding Your Self-Employed Status
16. Retirement Options for the Self-Employed
17. Copyrights, Patents, and Trade Secrets
18. Using Written Client Agreements
19. Drafting Your Own Client Agreement
20. Reviewing a Client’s Agreement
21. Help Beyond This Book
Appendixes
A. Forms and Documents
B. Sample Agreements
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Just setting up a part time consulting business and this book answered many of my questions. Wuick read. Not too detailed but just the correct amount of information

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Excellent resource for independent consultants

    I can't even count how many times I have recommended this book to new business owners and those thinking of going out on their own. Filled with practical and easy to understand advice.

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