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Thank you for stopping in at the NAIWE Bookstore. We offer a few selected books for freelance writers and editors. All orders are shipped via Priority Mail.

What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants

By NAIWE Pricing Expert Laurie Lewis

What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants

Do your palms get sweaty when a prospective client asks, “How much would you charge for this project?” Learn the techniques Laurie Lewis presents in What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants and you’ll never panic again!

What to Charge shows you how to:

  • Set rates
  • Assess fees dictated by clients
  • Evaluate your pricing experiences
  • Dig for information before quoting a fee
  • Examine pros and cons of various pricing methods
  • How to keep records that help you maximize your profit on future projects
  • How to analyze income retroactively
  • How to raise rates with little effort
You’ll discover the only two rules of pricing and why following them will guarantee you pricing success.

The techniques presented in What to Charge have stood the test of time, remaining valid through the long recession that occurred since the first edition was published in 2000. In fact, because the book presents strategies, rather than simple price lists, it will never go out of date. Whether you’re just launching a freelance writing or editing business or you have many years of consulting under your belt, What to Charge is for you.

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Paper bound, 186 pages, 9×6″
Published by Outskirts Press 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1432767648

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Business Tips and Taxes for Writers

by NAIWE’s Accounting and Taxes for Freelancers Expert Carol Topp

Business Tips and Taxes for Writers by Carol Topp, CPABusiness Tips and Taxes for Writers by NAIWE’s Accounting and Taxes for Freelancers Expert Carol Topp is part of the Information in a Nutshell series. This concise book provides foundational business, accounting and tax information for writers, editors, and other freelancers. Carol’s experience as both accountant and writer is showcased here– she provides enough clear information to get a freelancer started, but doesn’t overwhelm the reader with excessive detail. A bibilography provides links and other resources to consult when you’re ready.

Paperbound, 132 pages, 5.5 x 8.5″
Published by Media Angels, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1-931941-22-8

From the Table of Contents, here’s a list of what the book covers:

Chapter One: Writing As a Hobby

  • Hobby or Business?
  • Hobby Income
  • Hobby Expenses
  • No Hobby Losses Allowed

Chapter Two: Writing as a Ministry

  • Charitable Nonprofit Organizations
  • IRS Qualified Charity
  • Running a Business as a Ministry
  • Can an Author Start a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization?
  • Advantages of Qualified Charity Status for Publishers
  • Disadvantages of 501(c)(3) Status
  • Process to Obtain Qualified Charity Status
  • 501(c)(3) Status for Publishing Companies and the IRS

Chapter Three: Sole Proprietorships

  • Characteristics of a Sole Proprietorship
  • Tax ID Number
  • Business Name
  • Business Checking Account

Chapter Four: Partnerships

  • Taxes for Partnerships
  • Problems with Partnerships
  • Careful Planning
  • Consider Alternatives
  • Publishing Contracts
  • Co-Author Agreements

Chapter Five: Corporations

  • S Corp structure
  • Taxation of S Corps
  • Caution on S Corps
  • Payroll and Tax Preparation on S Corps
  • C Corporations
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Taxes for Corps
  • When to Consider C Corporation Status

Chapter Six: Limited Liability Companies

  • Benefits of LLC Status
  • Disadvantages of LLC Status
  • When to Consider Limited Liability Status

Chapter Seven: Financial Planning for Your Business

  • Business Plan: Financial Section
  • Start-Up Expenses
  • Tax Deduction For Start Up Expenses
  • Initial Production Costs
  • Break-Even Analysis
  • Pricing Your Book
  • Funding Start-Up and Initial Production Costs

Chapter Eight: Organizing Business Records

  • Records of Income and Expenses
  • Banking Records
  • Credit Cards and Paypal Statements.
  • Checkbook Tips
  • Government Correspondence
  • Record Keeping Process

Chapter Nine: A Simple Bookkeeping Method

  • Set Up
  • Recording
  • Summary Spreadsheet

Chapter Ten: Record Keeping Software

  • Personal Money Management Software
  • Accounting Software
  • Several Versions of Software
  • Warning About Software
  • Hiring Help with Bookkeeping
  • Software for Publishers

Chapter Eleven: Inventory

  • Problems with Inventory
  • Alternatives to Shipping Yourself
  • Alternatives to Inventory
  • Electronic Books
  • Importance of Inventory Control
  • Tax Aspects of Inventory
  • Cost of Goods Sold
  • Counting Inventory

Chapter Twelve: Sales Tax

  • How to Keep Sales tax Records
  • Sales Tax Included in the Price or Not?
  • Making Payments to Your State Government
  • File the Form Even if No Tax is Owed
  • Do Not Spend the Sales Tax Collected
  • Exemptions from Sales Tax
  • On-line Sales and Sales Tax

Chapter Thirteen: Income Tax

  • Tax Form for Sole Proprietors: Schedule C
  • Name and Number
  • Method of Accounting
  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Unique Deductions For Authors
  • Be Aware of Self-employment Tax
  • Are Royalties Taxable?
  • Tax Planning

Chapter Fourteen: Working with an accountant

  • What Can a CPA Do for You?
  • How Much Do CPAs Charge?
  • Questions to Ask an Accountant

Chapter Fifteen: Mistakes Authors & Publishers Make

Chapter Sixteen: Expert Advice from Authors

Chapter Seventeen: Resources

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