Must-see resources for the self-employed

Learn from trusted partners and get tools to elevate your business, find more gigs, and customers.

Congratulations on your decision to follow your own path! This page is designed to help you through every phase of the self-employed business process.

 

A growing many find working independently a far better way to earn their daily bread. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2015 that 15 million people were self-employed. And Upwork, a leading source for freelancers, recently called freelancing the “Future of Work“. Whatever stage of self-employment you are in, we have partners who can help. Click on the links below to learn more about making your gig official, growing your business, or continuing to build your network.

• Make it official

• Set up shop

• On-demand/gig work

• Professional skills

• Direct Selling

• Professional Associations

• Resources

Getting Started

You’ve taken the plunge and decided to turn your side hustle into your full-time gig—now what? Starting a business can feel daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. We’ve compiled some great resources, including links to our partner companies, to get your business off the ground while avoiding some of the common mistakes freelancers make.

 

Make it Official

One of the first steps you’ll take as a freelancer is to formalize your business—and protect your personal liability. At this point, you have a couple options for how to proceed, but the most common ways freelancers choose to structure their business is to create a DBA (“doing business as”) or to establish an LLC. Each offers a measure of protection for yourself. Also, you’ll likely want to think about separating your personal and business finances to make life easy come tax time. If you need additional help, check out these partner experts.

Don’t let work expenses get in the way of your projects. Find out how we can help you manage project expenses and receipts.
Work smarter, not harder. At incorporate.com you can establish your Corporation, Non-profit or LLC in three easy steps.
Where life meets legal. A one-stop destination for any legal question regarding your business.
Get onto the professional tier. Incorporate to increase your profit and reduce risks. Only $50 per year with Pro-Tier.
Easily stay on top of your expenses and keep more of what you earn with this must-have finance app.

Set Up Shop

Now that you’re officially official, it’s time to spread the word. There are a number of affordable tools available to help you broadcast your new business to the world. Things you might consider immediatley are a professional logo, business cards, a professional phone line, and a website. If you meet with clients often, a professional office space might make sense.

Grow your brand and attract more work with these resources from our partners.

Turn the world into your office. Grasshopper lets you run your business using your cell phone.
The business phone service with no contracts. Get a virtual receptionist, conference line, a mobile app and more!
Get work numbers for your business. Sideline is the phone system that works on the smartphone you already own.
Everything to market your business.
Whether you need a desk or office suite, we create environments that increase productivity, innovation, and collaboration.
Marketing tools to grow your business. Create an Email signature, website & more. No technical knowledge needed.

Find More Work

One of the biggest pain points for freelancers is finding more work. However, there are a number of companies and marketplaces designed to match skilled workers with available opportunities. Follow these partners to learn how you can find more work and diversify how you earn.

 

On-Demand & Skilled Work

Are you involved in skill-based work like driving, medical care, or restaurant work? Luckily, there is a robust and vibrant community ready to help you grow, network, and maximize opportunities. Check out these partner resources to find more work.

Turn miles into money. Sign up to drive with Lyft.
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Deliv is a leading crowdsourced, last mile logistics company that powers scheduled, same-day delivery and returns.
Iggbo uses on demand technology and a flexible workforce to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare.

 

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Have hospitality experience? Apply for Pared and access to gigs at hundreds of restaurants looking just for you.
TaskRabbit allows you to work when and where you want, setting your own hourly rate! Become a Tasker at: qsbtasker.tr.co

 

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Drive with Uber and earn great money as an independent contractor.
YourMechanic is a marketplace that enables vehicle owners to find mechanics for home or office car repair services.

Professional Skills

There are many instances where companies don’t want the overhead of a full-time employee. A freelancer then becomes a great solution. Highly skilled professionals, such as writers, designers, and coders, are sought after to complete work. These partner resources will help you easily market your services and get you connected to companies looking for someone like you. Or, if you have more work than you can handle, and hiring a freelancer is something you need, these reources will help you grow your business by finding help to complete work you already have.

Find a better way to work! With FlexJobs you can find professional-level remote, part-time, freelance or other flexible jobs.
Catalant connects the world’s leading companies to a network of over 35,000 business experts for on-demand needs.

 

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Fiverr® is one of the world’s largest marketplaces for creative and digital services for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

 

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Liveops connects you to work in customer service as an at-home virtual call center agent.

 

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KellyOCG – Connecting Talent to the World of Work
LinkedIn ProFinder is a freelance marketplace that provides the expertise you need from experts you can count on.
Moonlighting marketplace is the fastest way to find and hire freelancers. Simply post a job, it’s fast, easy, and free!

 

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Upwork is a freelancing website that makes it easier to get work done anytime, anywhere.

 

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We are building the modern work market, a frictionless exchange of businesses and freelancers.

 

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Sell More

When it all comes down to it, selling makes—or breaks—a business. Whether a large corporation or self-employed, attracting new customers and maintaining existing relationships is vital to the success of your enterprise. Increase your odds of higher profits with increased visibility. These companies have done the work to corral millions of shoppers, so selling you products is easier than ever.

Start a successful Etsy shop this year. Join our free online program to learn how to jumpstart your business on Etsy.
Stella & Dot is a social-selling accessories company offering flexible entrepreneurship for women.
Zibbet helps creative entrepreneurs to sell more of their products and turn their passion into a thriving business.

Build Your network

Developing and growing your network is a long-term endeavor. It should always stay of focus for your success. Especially when your business is selling yourself. While there are many ways to cultivate your network, you might consider attending to your social media, subscribing to blogs, becoming active in your local chamber of commerce, or seeking out professional organizations in your specialty.

 

Associations

Professional Associations are a great resource for tracking industry trends, monitoring demographic shifts, and discovering advancements in technology related to your field. They also provide access to education, networking, and other benefits. These associations are tailored specifically for freelancers and self-employed.

Increase your business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program.

 

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Inman Select connects you to the latest news, powerful insights, and a community of real estate leaders.

 

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A purpose-driven, real estate trade association with a mission to increase sustainable Hispanic homeownership.

 

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The NASE offers small business owners a wide range of resources and tools to help you run your business successfully.

 

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Resources

There are a number of online resources available to help you continue learning and growing your business with tips from industry pros.

The Rideshare Guy is the ultimate resource for everything you need to know about becoming a rideshare driver, including how you can maximize your earnings for every mile you drive.
1 Million for Work Flexibility is helping to raise awareness about the benefits of flexible work options and to promote positive change around the “workplace norm” across the country.

 

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Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.

 

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