Do you run your consulting business
like a real business?
Sean's tax bill last year was $20,342.
In April Sean's group of self-employed freelancers and consultants were swapping stories about their previous year. One thing that many of them shared: huge tax bills. None of them knew the IRS rules until it was too late.
There are lots of details to pay attention to when you run a small freelance or consulting business:
- You have to pay taxes. When? To whom? How much?
- You need health and business insurance. What kind? Where do you get it?
- You should set aside some money for rainy days and retirement. How? Where?
- You need a contract. What does that look like? What needs to be in it?
Could you find out all of this on your own? I spent weeks reading thousands of blog posts and hundreds of pages of IRS documents to learn how to set up and run my consulting practice. Handle Your Business distills all of that research into a compact, easy to read 57 page guide.
Your time is your product. Handle Your Business will show you the basics so you can ask your trusted advisors the right questions without wasting time and money.
Learn the basics for effectively running your business
Organizing gets you off on the right foot, explaining the different types of business entities you can choose, along with their tax implications.
Banking will teach you why you need a separate bank account, what your options are, and guides you into the best choice for you.
Contracts shows you what a contract looks like and how to structure yours to save the most money and time.
Invoicing is all about invoices: what to include and when to send them.
Bookkeeping walks you through a simple do-it-yourself bookkeeping example and then gives recommendations for services that do it for you.
Insurance shows you how to protect yourself from lawsuits by buying the right coverage.
Getting Paid gives a selection of options for how your clients can pay you, the ones you should allow, and the ones you shouldn't.
Tax Planning and Retiring goes through an overview of tax planning topics, including how to save money on your taxes by saving for your retirement.
Want an even bigger jumpstart?
The Contract Package gives you everything in the book, plus a proven contract template. This is the exact contract template I use with my own clients.
This set of templates would cost over $1,000 if you were to get it written from scratch. By starting with my templates, you'll shave hundreds off of your attorney bill.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this just for US freelancers?
Right now, yes. The advice in Handle Your Business is targeted at US-based businesses.
Does this apply to non-software consultants?
Yep! Anyone with a small business without much capital needs (i.e. the only equipment you need is a laptop) will get value out of this book.
What if I don't get any value out of the book?
Before buying, browse around on my website and read some of my work. If you like what you see there, you'll like Handle Your Business. That said, I stand behind my work. If you're unsatisified with the book just email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a refund within 30 days of purchase.
Who are you, anyway?
Hi! I'm Pete Keen. I've been writing software since I was ten years old and dreaming up business ideas for almost as long. My consulting business has been wildly profitable since the very beginning.
I have another question!
Just email me,
email@example.com. I reply to almost everything.