Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Gig Workers of All Types

Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Gig Workers of All Types

by Stephen Fishman J.D.

Paperback(Eleventh Edition)

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Overview

The all-in-one legal and tax resource every independent contractor and gig worker needs

Whether you’re starting a full-scale consulting business or booking gigs on the side, Working for Yourself provides all the legal and tax information you need in one place. This eleventh edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect all the changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—changes that are largely beneficial to the self-employed. This excellent, well-organized reference will also show you how to:

  • decide the best form for your business (sole proprietor, LLC, or other)
  • make sure you’re paid in full and on time
  • pay estimated taxes and avoid trouble with the IRS
  • take advantage of all available tax deductions, including the 20% pass-through tax deduction for business owners
  • choose health, property, and other kinds of insurance
  • keep accurate records in case you get audited, and
  • write legally binding contracts and letter agreements.


If you’re tired of doing endless web searches for the information you need to start and run your business, this easy-to-use and authoritative resource is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413325812
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 12/28/2018
Edition description: Eleventh Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 524,097
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, including Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide and Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn —plus many other legal and business books. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California and after time in government and private practice, became a full-time legal writer.

Table of Contents

1. Working for Yourself: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
2. Choosing the Legal Form for Your Business
3. Choosing and Protecting Your Business Name
4. Home Alone or Outside Office?
5. Obtaining Licenses, Permits, and Identification Numbers
6. Insuring Your Business and Yourself
7. Pricing Your Services and Getting Paid
8. Taxes and the Self-Employed
9. Reducing Your Income Taxes
10. The Bane of Self-Employment Taxes
11. Paying Estimated Taxes
12. Rules for Salespeople, Drivers, and Clothing Producers
13. Taxes for Workers You Hire
14. Record Keeping and Accounting Made Easy
15. Safeguarding Your Self-Employed Status
16. Special Concerns for Gig Workers
17. Copyrights, Patents, and Trade Secrets
18. Using Written Client Agreements
19. Drafting Your Own Client Agreement
20. Reviewing a Client’s Agreement
21. Help Beyond This Book
Appendix
Index

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