Freelancers and Small Business Need a Budget

Written by Rachel Goldstein

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For people with a salaried job, budgeting their income and expenses is an easy task. A regular paycheck comes in for them every two weeks with taxes and benefits already taken out. For them it is easy to predict how much income will come in and what expenses will go out. But when you leave your full-time job for a freelance career, you also leave behind your stable paycheck. So how do you make sure that you have enough money to pay your rent? You need to learn how to create a budget. This article will explain to yourepparttar basics of budgeting for your freelance business.


The first step in creating a budget is to add up your monthly expenses. If you are new at freelancing, then calculating your expensesrepparttar 117423 first few months is going to be tough for you, but stick with it. Below, I have provided you a chart to fill out. Forrepparttar 117424 personal expenses listed, take a look back on last year's checks, bills, and credit card statements to see what you paid out last year. Figure out whatrepparttar 117425 average month was for each expense by writing down all twelve month's expenses and then dividing this number by 12.

For example:

January --------------- 112

February --------------- 84

March ----------------- 96

April ------------------ 130

May -------------------- 65

June ------------------- 98

July ------------------- 101

August ----------------- 59

September --------------- 75

October ----------------- 84

November ---------------- 96

December ---------------- 115


TOTAL ------------------ 1115


Divide Total by 12


$92.92 = Average Monthly Phone Bill

Inrepparttar 117426 above example, you would use $92.92 as your monthly phone expense on your budget.

MONTHLY EXPENSES ==========================================

Utilities (Telephone, Electric, Gas, etc.)


Mortgage / Rent












Freelancers - Avoid That Audit

Written by Rachel Goldstein

Article submitted by - 1000s of freelance jobs, articles, and resources.

You probably aren't too concerned about being selected for an audit. Well, if you're a freelancer, avoiding an audit should always be on your mind as you file your taxes. Why? Because, no matter how straight you play it, freelancers get audited much more than salaried employees do. No -repparttar United States IRS doesn't have it in for independents, butrepparttar 117422 numerous deductions that we file set us apart from other taxpayers.

So what can you do to keeprepparttar 117423 IRS from noticing your return? Below find hints and suggestions to keeprepparttar 117424 IRS away! These tips are particularly relevant to those inrepparttar 117425 US, though other tax systems may be similar -- check with your accountant for details. And please note thatrepparttar 117426 information provided here should by no means be used as a guide to filing your taxes! These are merely suggested tips and hints. Be sure to seek professional advice in taxation, as in all business matters.

Six Steps to an Audit-Free Tax Return

1. Be Careful With Deductions

The IRS's favorite target isrepparttar 117427 home office deduction. In order to qualify for a home office deduction, your office needs to be your "principal place of business" and used "regularly and exclusively" for business. In plain language, this means that your home office needs to berepparttar 117428 place where you spend most of your time and makerepparttar 117429 majority of your income.

You'll also need to keep your personal life out of your home office. For example: a trick that I heardrepparttar 117430 IRS sometimes uses is to askrepparttar 117431 taxpayer being audited "Do you use your computer for 50% personal and 50% business or 5% personal and 95% business?" If you answer 95% business, you have flunkedrepparttar 117432 test --repparttar 117433 answer needs to be 100% business. This example demonstratesrepparttar 117434 strict enforcement ofrepparttar 117435 guidelines forrepparttar 117436 home office deduction. We'll talk about this more in Home Office Deductions for Freelancers.

You also need to keep other deductions that you want to take to a reasonable level. Keep a receipt for all deductible expenses, especially food, entertainment, travel, and automobile costs. These are oftenrepparttar 117437 deductibles that are most scrutinized byrepparttar 117438 IRS. You should also keep expenses in a log, alongrepparttar 117439 following information:

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