For the past six years I have worked freelance in the data entry industry. I love everything about what I do, from making my own hours, to not having to deal with a boss. One of the few things that isn’t that great is that I have no way to prove to anyone how much money I make unless I print out my tax forms which can be a real hassle. Recently though I found a great alternative, a check stub maker. I input the required information and they print out my pay stub and it looks just the same as if I were still working a regular job. I was able to use this to show a prospective landlord how much I make per week. It also will help when I apply for my next car loan.
My next tip for other people who do not have traditional jobs is to keep really good records. You never know when you might need to go back and figure out how much you made in a given year. A perfect example is just recently a company I had contracted for got themselves embroiled in a class action lawsuit. They agreed to pay one dollar for every dollar they originally paid out to their workers. Thanks to my exemplary record keeping skills, I was able to figure out exactly what I was owed and wrote to them when the amount they sent me was a little off. Other people who hadn’t done the same as me had no recourse but to just accept whatever that company offered them because they had no way to prove it was incorrect, most just had a gut feeling.
I definitely don’t think that freelance work is for everyone and there are definitely drawbacks but for me it is the perfect fit and I hope to share more of my fabulous tips with you in the future.