Join Petrula Vrontikis for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding an accountant and a bookkeeper, part of Running a Design Business: Freelancing.
My accountant once said that designers never have to cheat on their taxes.…Tax laws enable us to deduct so many legitimate business expenses that…there's no reason to cheat.…My advice is that you find a good accountant, keep good records, and establish…streamlined bookkeeping systems that require the minimum amount of your time.…Get this business stuff out of the way so you can do what you love to do; design.…The best way to find an accountant is to ask your respected colleagues…for recommendations.…
When I've done this, I have found that my colleagues say things like, I love my accountant.…This is a good sign.…You want to look for someone who has experience with designers, artists,…architects, or other people in the creative service fields.…This ensures that they are aware of the specific laws that pertain to our situation.…I don't recommend using an accountant from a generic tax preparation franchise.…If you're freelancing long term, it's more than just preparing and filing once a year.…
- What is a freelancer?
- Tracking expenses
- Paying taxes
- Understanding business licenses
- Creating contracts and invoices
- Preparing, transferring, and storing files
- Tracking billing and payments
- Managing your work-life balance
Skill Level Beginner
Running a Design Business: Designer-Client Agreementswith Terry Lee Stone1h 10m Appropriate for all
Running a Design Business: Starting Smallwith Petrula Vrontikis1h 33m Appropriate for all
1. What Is a Freelancer?
3. Agreements and Contracts
4. Professional Practice
5. Organization and Getting Paid
Creating past-due notices2m 47s
6. Long-Term Success Strategies
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