Dear Ms. Wayman:
I’m a freelance writer based in Connecticut and I’ve been a subscriber to your “About Freelance Writing” for some time now. The resources and advice you provide are invaluable. I’m so glad you do what you do.
Although I’m certainly not new to writing, I am slow in developing a web presence. Short of getting a dedicated domain name, for the time being I’m working up a website on “Google Sites” as Goggle calls it.
One question I have, though, about hanging out a shingle like that is whether I should establish as an LLC (Limited Liability Company).
I’m wondering if you have this designation and whether you might have any advice to offer concerning it. I know Legalzoom.com, among others, offers this.
Thank you, Ms. Wayman, in advance for any reply you can offer. Again, I really appreciate all you do.
Glad you find the site helpful.
I have not incorporated my freelance writing business for the simple reason that they guy who does my taxes tells me I don’t need to. He’s an Enrolled Agent and I’ve found his advice works well for me.
Which says nothing about what you should do! I don’t know a thing about your freelance writing business and even if I did I don’t have the knowledge of law or taxes to do anything but suggest you talk with your accountant or lawyer.
What I can tell you though is if you plan to stay in the freelance writing game for any length of time you need to buy your own domain name and build a website or blog that will let clients find you easily.
You included your google site url and it’s awful! You couldn’t fit it on a business card and even if you could I’d have a horrid time typing it in. You can’t say it easily on the phone and again, your listener probably wouldn’t get it right even if they tried.
It’s simply not that expensive or difficult to buy a domain name and some hosting. I’m quite please with BlueHost and their one button WordPress install is great. They also sell domain names but you get one free when you sign up – something like $60 a year – dirt cheap. Way less that it would cost you to incorporate I think. There are other hosts that are good too.
Find a domain name using your name or initials that’s easy to say and easy to spell and go for it.
Do you have questions about freelance writing? Email me with Q&A in the subject line and I’ll do my best to answer it here.