Glance PayMe’s guide to starting your freelance business the smarter, simpler way

Dec 5, 2018

Freelance life is calling. Are you ready to answer?

Freelancing really can set you free — free from the rigid 9-to-5, free from ends that don’t quite meet, free from a passionless professional life — but so much depends on beginning the journey on the right foot.

First, savour all this excitement. You’re standing on the edge of an opportunity that could boost your income, push your career forward, and help you experience first-hand a working life that is fresh and fulfilling — so be sure to enjoy it.

Freelancing really can set you free — but so much depends on beginning the journey on the right foot.

Second, fight the urge to rush in headfirst. Diving in blindly can get you burned, but, as all entrepreneurs soon find out, planning and preparation pay huge dividends.

Your friends at Glance want to help you get started — because lending a hand to hard-working entrepreneurs, freelancers and side hustlers is what we do.

It’s why we made the Glance PayMe mobile POS, the flexible, affordable solution for accepting all kinds of credit and debit cards without all the hardware and risks that usually come with it.

It’s also why we put together this checklist, so you have a step-by-step guide for making sure the first steps of your new freelancing life are the beginning of a beautiful (and profitable) professional journey.

1. Make a plan

Literally. Business plans aren’t just for grad students or the corporate corner office. Your business plan has to paint a full picture of what your business will do, and how. What will set you apart from your competitors? What equipment or expenses will you need to support your operations? How will you make money? Once you have some concrete answers to these and other questions, your path to success will become way more clear.

2. Define success

You can’t be everything to everyone, and neither can your business. A successful business needs to do one (or two) things very well. Try to juggle too many balls and the odds are you’ll drop them all.

Keeping a laser-like focus on what you do better than anyone else, and what you need to do to make money, is a great way to set yourself up for success.

3. Prepare for payday

Getting paid is awesome, but it’s not easy. You can’t count on cash and cheque anymore to be easy, affordable, and appealing to your customers. Paying by card is popular, but for you it means more costs and questions: hardware to buy, hardware failures to prepare for, and important regulations to follow. And what about all the other expenses and obstacles that come with credit card transactions, like additional accounts, fees, and industry security standards? Getting paid takes a plan and likely some upfront investment — the big question is picking a process that’s efficient and cost-effective enough to fit your business.

4. Don’t forget the taxman

Being a freelancer means you don’t have a finance department backing you up. You have to take care of the company ledgers yourself, and when tax season rolls around, this means a lot of work, but also loads of opportunity. As an independent worker, you’re likely eligible for a wide variety of tax deductions, which can give a meaningful boost to your take-home income.

In order to make your tax filing as painless and profitable as possible, you’ll need to stay organized all year long. Carefully documenting your earnings, your expenses, and even your operating losses is the only way to fully enjoy the freelancer advantage while also avoiding audits and other pitfalls. Keep tax season in mind when you are setting up your payment processes too.

The right payments platform should make record-keeping easy, but the wrong one will leave you scrambling at one of the most stressful times of year.

5. Put an end to payment friction

The right payments platform should make record-keeping easy, and be a boost — not a burden — to your bottom line. The wrong one will create extra work, come with extra costs, and leave you scrambling at the worst possible times. The old-fashioned ways of getting paid tend to come with built-in delays and obstacles between you and the money you earned. Glance PayMe was made to fix that.

Glance PayMe provides your business with an affordable way to fight off payday frictions. With a full suite of digital ways to get paid and Glance’s proven security technology, you can confidently manage all your business’ payment needs from your iOS device of choice.

There are no monthly fees, low transaction rates, and no need to pay for extra hardware. Setup is fast and easy and, instead of hanging in limbo, your earnings get to your bank account by next business day.

All it takes to get started is a free download, so why not see for yourself?

Happy hustling,

Geoff & Marion, The Glance PayMe Blog Team

Freelance life is calling. Are you ready to answer?

Freelancing really can set you free — free from the rigid 9-to-5, free from ends that don’t quite meet, free from a passionless professional life — but so much depends on beginning the journey on the right foot.

First, savour all this excitement. You’re standing on the edge of an opportunity that could boost your income, push your career forward, and help you experience first-hand a working life that is fresh and fulfilling — so be sure to enjoy it.

Freelancing really can set you free — but so much depends on beginning the journey on the right foot.

Second, fight the urge to rush in headfirst. Diving in blindly can get you burned, but, as all entrepreneurs soon find out, planning and preparation pay huge dividends.

Your friends at Glance want to help you get started — because lending a hand to hard-working entrepreneurs, freelancers and side hustlers is what we do.

It’s why we made the Glance PayMe mobile POS, the flexible, affordable solution for accepting all kinds of credit and debit cards without all the hardware and risks that usually come with it.

It’s also why we put together this checklist, so you have a step-by-step guide for making sure the first steps of your new freelancing life are the beginning of a beautiful (and profitable) professional journey.

1. Make a plan

Literally. Business plans aren’t just for grad students or the corporate corner office. Your business plan has to paint a full picture of what your business will do, and how. What will set you apart from your competitors? What equipment or expenses will you need to support your operations? How will you make money? Once you have some concrete answers to these and other questions, your path to success will become way more clear.

2. Define success

You can’t be everything to everyone, and neither can your business. A successful business needs to do one (or two) things very well. Try to juggle too many balls and the odds are you’ll drop them all.

Keeping a laser-like focus on what you do better than anyone else, and what you need to do to make money, is a great way to set yourself up for success.

3. Prepare for payday

Getting paid is awesome, but it’s not easy. You can’t count on cash and cheque anymore to be easy, affordable, and appealing to your customers. Paying by card is popular, but for you it means more costs and questions: hardware to buy, hardware failures to prepare for, and important regulations to follow. And what about all the other expenses and obstacles that come with credit card transactions, like additional accounts, fees, and industry security standards? Getting paid takes a plan and likely some upfront investment — the big question is picking a process that’s efficient and cost-effective enough to fit your business.

4. Don’t forget the taxman

Being a freelancer means you don’t have a finance department backing you up. You have to take care of the company ledgers yourself, and when tax season rolls around, this means a lot of work, but also loads of opportunity. As an independent worker, you’re likely eligible for a wide variety of tax deductions, which can give a meaningful boost to your take-home income.

In order to make your tax filing as painless and profitable as possible, you’ll need to stay organized all year long. Carefully documenting your earnings, your expenses, and even your operating losses is the only way to fully enjoy the freelancer advantage while also avoiding audits and other pitfalls. Keep tax season in mind when you are setting up your payment processes too.

The right payments platform should make record-keeping easy, but the wrong one will leave you scrambling at one of the most stressful times of year.

5. Put an end to payment friction

The right payments platform should make record-keeping easy, and be a boost — not a burden — to your bottom line. The wrong one will create extra work, come with extra costs, and leave you scrambling at the worst possible times. The old-fashioned ways of getting paid tend to come with built-in delays and obstacles between you and the money you earned. Glance PayMe was made to fix that.

Glance PayMe provides your business with an affordable way to fight off payday frictions. With a full suite of digital ways to get paid and Glance’s proven security technology, you can confidently manage all your business’ payment needs from your iOS device of choice.

There are no monthly fees, low transaction rates, and no need to pay for extra hardware. Setup is fast and easy and, instead of hanging in limbo, your earnings get to your bank account by next business day.

All it takes to get started is a free download, so why not see for yourself?

Happy hustling,

Geoff & Marion, The Glance PayMe Blog Team

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