#20: Taxes, Accounting, and Business Structures for Freelancers

We must start this episode with two important notes:

1 – We are not accountants, nor attorneys. What we discuss in this episode should not serve as actionable legal or accounting advice. You should always consult your lawyer and accountant for that.

2 – We’re both based in the US, so what we talk about here probably won’t apply to our International audience. But maybe some general ideas might carry over to your neck of the woods.

That being said, in this episode we give our take on questions like:

  • How do you run a freelance business that is compliant in the eyes of the IRS?
  • What is your legal business structure: LLC, sole proprietorship, or corporation?
  • How do you handle paying taxes? Quarterly estimates… etc.
  • Do you have a system for setting aside money for taxes?
  • What types of expenses do you write off as tax deductions?
  • How do you keep track of business expenses?

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  1. Where can I download an MP3 of the episode? I only see the embedded video and audio players.

    I’ve found your podcast extremely useful as I transition to the freelance life, and taxes and accounting are topics I’m currently interested in. Keep it up!

    • Brian

      Just updated the site with the “Download MP3” link, just below the audio player.

      Thanks for the suggestion Chad!

  2. Outright.com at all? I don’t use it, but wondering if you guys or other listeners do at all?

    • Brian

      Haven’t used Outright.com. I still rely on Freshbooks and a simple google spreadsheet.

  3. One note for viewers- be very careful with the home office deduction. It is the number 1 reason freelance types get audited!

    • Brian

      Good note! As I understand it, the home office deduction is calculated based on % square footage.

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