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How I Doubled My Freelance Income in Two Years (Part 1)

I made twice as much money last year than I did in 2011. Throughout this week, I'll explain how that happened.

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Kathy Shaidle

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April 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm

bullion-coins-stacked_303x259No one needs a reminder that it’s tax time.

We Canadians don’t have to file until April 30, but that doesn’t lessen the sting for those of us who actually work for a living — especially if, like me, you run your own business.

My accountant just gave me the “good news, bad news”:

The bad news is, I owe a low five-figure amount to the taxman right now. I’ll also have to cough up quarterly payments this year on top of that — something I normally don’t have to do.

That’s because — and this is where the good news comes in — as a freelance writer, I earned more in 2013 than I ever did before, even when I was working at a “normal” cubicle job.

In fact, last year’s revenues were almost double what I earned as a freelancer in 2011.

Throughout this week, I’ll try to explain (to you and myself) how I went from making an average to an above-average income.

Believe me, none of these “lessons” will be terribly earth-shattering.

I certainly can’t promise that they’re universally applicable, either, or will even still work for me in six weeks or six years.

That said, they may still provide some food for thought at a time of year when we’re all forced to review our own individual bottom lines.

So stay tuned…

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(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 14th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).

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Good, I want to read this. Sorry about the taxes, but good job on the income. I've enjoyed your work here.
18 weeks ago
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"I made twice as much money last year than I did in 2011."

That should be "twice as much money last year as I did in...".

18 weeks ago
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You're right! But just think: Without my error, we wouldn't have gotten Walter Hudson's comment, which wins the internet today. VERY nicely done, Walter! :-)
18 weeks ago
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Have either of you no shame? No pride in your profession?

And you wonder why the country is going down the tubes!

18 weeks ago
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Now, on top of her 2013 earnings, she has your two cents.
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