Do Freelancers Need to Have an LLC/Corporate Entity?

Over on the Dr. Freelance Jake Poinier answers a reader’s question about LLC/corporate entities for freelancers. My own view on this is that even if you don’t form an entity (initially or ever), at least acquire an EIN (also known as a Federal Tax ID Number) just for your business activities so you don’t endContinue reading “Do Freelancers Need to Have an LLC/Corporate Entity?”

What are you afraid of?

Alan Weiss writes in the Million Dollar Consulting Mindset newsletter: Too often our personal “driving force” isn’t composed of our strengths and passions but rather of our fears. We are afraid to confront an issue; to start a conversation; to pick up the phone; to try something new. We are “driven” in another direction entirely, toContinue reading “What are you afraid of?”

How one person provides high quality support to 4 million application users

Brian Cervino on how he supports Fog Creek Software’s four million strong user base for Trello: As we pass four million Trello members I thought it would be a good time to share with other small software development teams the fact that providing high quality support doesn’t have to be expensive or impossible.  This includesContinue reading “How one person provides high quality support to 4 million application users”

Optimizing Assistance Efforts in the Developing World

Pippa Biddle, in a very frank post on her personal blog, reflects on her assistance efforts in the developing world, beginning with where she started: Our mission while at the orphanage was to build a library. Turns out that we, a group of highly educated private boarding school students were so bad at the mostContinue reading “Optimizing Assistance Efforts in the Developing World”

How to charge what you’re really worth

A bit back Mike McDerment, the founder of FreshBooks, and Donald Cowper, published a free eBook called Breaking the Time Barrier — How to Unlock Your True Earning Potential. The tagline is “Learn how to charge what you’re really worth. Read this book and find out how you can earn twice as much as you do today.”Continue reading “How to charge what you’re really worth”

Productizing a Freelancing / Consulting Business

Patrick McKenzie recently shared a thought provoking piece entitled Productizing A Freelancing / Consulting Business: If the fundamental unit of value in a consulting business is professional expertise applied to a business problem, then the fundamental unit of value in a product business is capturing one thing learned into an artifact and then reproducing that artifact atContinue reading “Productizing a Freelancing / Consulting Business”