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This guide includes everything you know to grow a freelance writing (or other freelance business), eg, Independent Contractor's agreement, info on taxes, how to decide what to pay outsourcers, where to find them - -and so much more.
Like most of ebooks I write, this one was written because I receive a lot of questions from freelance writers about the subject matter; in this case, outsourcing.
I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993 and am accustomed to receiving questions from other freelancers about every aspect of freelance writing --- from marketing, to rate setting, to website design.
It’s one of the reasons I started InkwellEditorial.com, a niche site for freelancers about how to start a successful freelance writing career.
How/Why I Started to Receive So Many Questions about Outsourcing
The questions about outsourcing really started in earnest though when I started doing SEO writing back in 2007.
I wrote an ebook about my successful foray into this niche of freelance writing (How to Make $250+/Day Writing Simple, 500-Word Articles (http://bit.ly/akL7HZ)). In this ebook, I detailed how I got so busy within the first couple of months that I had to outsource work to other freelancers.
The questions poured in – about every aspect of SEO writing, so I started a separate blog catering to those who wanted to do this type of freelance writing – http://SeoWritingJobs.com.
Initially, the questions were about the mechanics of this type of writing, eg, what are keywords, how to write an SEO article, what is anchor text, etc.
But as the years went on – and more and more found success in this niche -- I started to receive questions from freelancers about how to operate/run/expand their freelance SEO writing business.
This signaled a couple of things to me: i) that many are not only finding success as freelance writers, they’re taking it to the next level and hiring employees; and ii) there’s tons of work out there for freelance writers (especially web/SEO writers) and many are finding it – and outsourcing it.
Hence, the need for info on outsourcing more than ever!
Questions about Outsourcing from Freelance Writers
Following are some questions I’ve received from fellow freelance writers about outsourcing. One freelancer wrote:
I . . . want to ask you a question about outsourcing. It seems I can hit my 6 figure goal by going that route. If I outsource, I don’t see how I can make a profit when i am offering bulk rates and outsource the work.
Do you have any suggestions on how to go about that?
Where can I find your newsletters on outsourcing? . . . I just need to refresh on where to find people to outsource articles to. I was thinking of elance but I heard their bidding takes 10 days before deciding on a winner - too long. Thanks for your help.
And yet another wrote:
My point in contacting you - I have come to the realization that even when I'm swamped with work there is obviously only so much I can accomplish as an individual.
I would like to look into outsourcing my work. The main concern I have is how to have faith that a person will do the job with flying colors. I have placed a few craigslist ads in the past looking for some great people (I received an overwhelming response) so I do have some people I'd like to try.
When you first went about hiring people to represent your hard work, did you draw up a contract with them? If so, what kind of issues do you feel is a MUST?
The last question I have is how to decide what kind of pay rate for the people I'd be outsourcing to? I can't offer the moon & the stars right off the bat & I don't want to lowball anyone.
And on and on and on.
Never Look for a Job Again – Ever!
This last question in particular really planted the seed for this ebook because it was so detailed.
This ebook will answer all of these questions . . . and a whole lot more, helping you to build a thriving freelance writing business that ensures you’ll never have to look for a job again – ever.
Because, the best way to build a successful business is to grow it to the point where you work on it, not in it, a concept we’ll discuss in detail within.
Following is a complete Table of Contents so you can see exactly what’s covered.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACE, Page 2
How/Why I Started to Receive So Many Questions about Outsourcing, Page 2
Questions about Outsourcing from Freelance Writers, Page 3
Never Look for a Job Again – Ever! Page 4
PART I: WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU OUTSOURCE, Page 9
4 Things I Did That Helped Me Grow My Freelance Writing Business via Outsourcing, Page 9
How to Project Earnings Before You Start to Outsource: An Example, Page 10
How to Figure Out How Many Articles You Need to Write to Cover Monthly Expenses, Page 11
How to Figure Out How Many Articles You Need to Write to Earn $75,000/Year, Page 12
Freelance Taxes: Some Things You Should Know When Outsourcing, Page 12
Freelance Taxes: How to Pay Your Self-Employment Taxes Quarterly, Page 13
What Exactly Does It Mean to Work On Your Business Instead of In It? Page 13
3 Ways to Work On Your Business Instead of In It? Page 14
Planning Pays Off!, Page 15
Lessons to Take from This Section, Page 15
Two Benefits of Raising Your Rates before You Outsource, Page 16
PART II: HOW TO MEET & BEAT INCOME PROJECTIONS WHEN OUTSOURCING, Page 17
How to Create a Marketing Plan to Meet Your Income Projections, Page 17
I. Start with a Concrete Financial Goal, Page 17
II. Work the Numbers, Page 17
III. Write Out a Schedule, Page 18
Sample Marketing Schedule that Can Get You to $100K/Year, Page 18
Monthly Marketing Tip, Page 19
Where to Find Prospects to Contact, Page 19
Marketing Plan Success: One Freelance SEO Writer’s Story – On the Way to $100K in Less Than One Year, Page 20
Earning Six Figures in One Year as a Freelance Writer: The Key? Page 20
Section Conclusion, Page 21
PART III: HOW TO HIRE QUALIFIED OUTSOURCERS, Page 23
Checklist of What to Look for In Freelancers You Outsource To, Page 23
Freelance Writer’s Outsource Checklist, Page 24
The Advantages of Creating a Sign-Off Checklist, Page 25
Why It's Important to Trust Your Gut When Outsourcing, Page 26
8 Outsourcing Tips I’ve Learned the Hard Way, Page 27
How to Determine When to Pay Freelancers: Don’t Make This Mistake, Page 28
3 Advantages of Assigning Accounts to Individual Outsourcers, Page 28
How to Determine What Deadlines to Give Freelancers, Page 29
Where to Advertise to Find Reliable Outsourcers, Page 30
The Difference between Placing Ads on Freelance Writing Sites and on Sites like Craisglist, Page 30
How to Write an Effective Freelance Job Ad, Page 30
Sample Job Ad, Page 31
PART IV: HOW TO DETERMINE WHAT TO PAY WHEN YOU OUTSOURCE, Page 33
Hiring Other Freelance Writers Tip, Page 33
Freelance Writers: How I Determine What to Pay Outsourcers I Contract With, Page 34
Freelance Writers: Why Having a Long-Range Plan Impacts What You Charge, Page 35
Freelance Business Owners: Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty about What You Pay Other Freelance Writers, Page 35
Why You Should Be Proud of the Rates You Pay, Page 36
PART V: NON-COMPETE / NON-DISCLOSURE & INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR’S AGREEMENT, Page 37
How to Handle Writing for Clients Who May Be Competitors, Page 37
Confidentiality, Non-Compete & Work-for-Hire Agreement, Page 38
PART VI: 1099ING FREELANCERS, Page 43
What’s the Difference between an Employee and an Independent Contractor (1099er), Page 43
How to Determine If You Need to Issue a 1099-MISC (aka 1099) to a Freelancer, Page 43
What a 1099 Looks Like, Page 43
What a Filled Out 1099 Form Looks Like, Page 44
Documents to Get from Freelancers to Properly Prepare 1099 Tax Forms, Page 44
When to Send 1099s to Freelancers You’ve Used the Previous Tax Year, Page 45
What Is Form 1096 and Why You Must Know About It When You Outsource, Page 45
What Form 1096 Looks Like, Page 45
Where to Get Free Tax Forms You Need When You Outsource, Page 46
Why I Advise Hiring an Accountant When You First Start to Outsource, Page 46
How to Find a Reputable Accountant, Page 46
PART VII: CONCLUSION, Page 47