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Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this commentary are the author’s alone. Chris Brown is the founder of Venture Legal where he represents startups, freelancers, and small businesses. This column — originally published by Venture Legal and part of a limited series on freelance entrepreneurism — is intended to be general in detail and does not constitute legal advice.
Chris Brown, Venture Legal
A record 57 million Americans freelanced last year, according to Freelancers Union. In fact, freelancers will make up more than half of the American workforce within the next seven years. Moreover, the current economic crisis is likely to accelerate that growth.
Freelancing offers many benefits, including greater flexibility and the ability to increase your income. And on a personal note, I can say that after six years of being a freelance lawyer, it was the best career move I’ve ever made. Regardless if you are already freelancing, or are just starting out, this three-part series of articles can help you.
In this first article, we’ll focus on how to start a freelance business entity and set up your financial accounts. In the coming weeks, we will cover how to create your brand and market your services; …
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