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17 Steps to Set Up Your Freelance Business


After getting your first client, the business and finance side of setting up your freelance work can be tricky. As I began my self-employment journey I had a lot of questions. Questions about finances, and how to set up my business, like: Did I need to be a LLC? What should I do about insurance? Are there any business checking accounts that are free? Why do state and federal government make simple things so difficult and convoluted? And so much more! So here are a few things I’ve learned in the last month if you’re getting ready to go freelance, Read more…

Public Speaking + Beer Cycling + Apple Festival = Weekly Love

The past week has been a bit of a blur because of planning for Meet, Plan, Go Portland. Smashing success and here’s what else I’ve been up to lately. -Tasty n Sons – It’d been a year since I’d had breakfast at Tasty n Sons. I should really go here more often. The cast iron frittata [with roasted squash, caramelized onions, piment d-espelette (of course we all know that is variety of chili pepper that is cultivated in the French commune of Espelette. Hmmm…), feta, and fried sage] is fantastic. I also love the sweet biscuits with berry topping. -Nuestra Read more…

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#6: Update My Personal Resume/Portfolio .com Site


It had been a few years since I updated my portfolio/resume website.  I had let the hosting expire, only keeping the domain.  So I’ve now changed the DNS and pointed it at a blogger site to keep things simple (and cheaper).  Most of the free templates were either too simple, but not clean design or really detailed.  I finally found a free Blogger template that was customizable enough for my liking: Elegance.  The logo in the header template is a png file, so while it doesn’t include a .psd file to edit, it was pretty easy to figure out what Read more…

5 Ways To Streamline Your Job Search


It’s been over a year since I quit my job to travel.  Now that I’ve been back on the job hunt for a month, I’ve assembled a list of ways to streamline your job search. Set up RSS feeds. Just because you’re unemployed doesn’t mean that you want to spend hours every day combing through the same websites.  First, create a list of sites that you frequent for your job search.  Then, using iGoogle (personalized home) or Netvibes, create an extra tab and start adding RSS feeds and/or bookmarks (if RSS isn’t available).  I use,,,, and Read more…

#3: Max out my 401k Contribution


Here’s one I didn’t complete this year. 2007 401k Contribution Limit: $15,500 My Contribution: $10,573 I’ll be working on this one a little bit harder next year. :) In the meantime, here’s a few savings tips. How To Not Be Poor When You’re Old: Start saving NOW, yes, seriously, NOW. Check out this 401k Calculator to see how big of a deal starting NOW is. Sign up for your 401k plan at work. You don’t have to know anything about stocks and bonds and trading etc. Just sign up, the confusing part is someone else’s job. :) If your employer Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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