Working for Yourself by Stephen Fishman
The subject of laws and taxes are not particularly interesting to those who are starting a freelance or consulting business. If you are considering starting a business as a freelancer or consultant, this is an excellent choice.
NOLO press publishes exceptional resources and this book by Stephen Fishman is no exception. These 21 Chapters and 2 Appendices cover everything one would need to know about forming a freelance business and about the legal responsibilities of the self-employed.
Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants by Stephen Fishman (8th edition) provides a vast amount of information for the writer or consultant. This is a gray area for many, especially writers, whose mind are much more oriented to creativity than to the business aspect of their livelihood.
As a paralegal, I was familiar with many of the terms, phrases, and concepts presented in this book which made it easier for me to go directly to specific sections. Even so, if I had not had any legal experience, I would highly recommend it. I plan to use it as a quick reference desk guide.
The ?Forms and Documents? and ?Sample Agreements? included in the Appendices were also very helpful. Sidebars, charts, and other tips as well as special sections labeled ?caution? and ?resources? are included throughout each Chapter.
If you are searching for a resource for the self-employed or if you are considering launching your own freelance or consulting company, I recommend this book (as all NOLO books) highly.
Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project