Newsletter - October 2022
October is cyber security month and we explore how to keep your online data safe. We announce the results of of our lead generation survey and share some of the best content for freelancers from around the web.
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If we've learned anything from the Optus hack, it's this:
Any business, big or small, can fall victim to cybercrime. That includes your freelance operation. Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do to protect your data. We cover cybersecurity tips and tools for freelancers in this write up:
Finance tip of the month
Our accountant in residence, Lauren Thiel, Founder of The Real Thiel - Accounting for creatives shares Octobers finance tip of the month:
Put money aside for tax! There are so many ways to go about this. Some people bury their head in the sand and ignore it until tax time (this is not our recommended approach).
Others look at last year's bill and assume something similar. Some people put away a percentage of their income each time (but don't forget, you are taxed on profit, not business income).
We recommend doing a forecast (it can be just an estimate), and using an online calculator - or chatting to your accountant - to figure out a more accurate picture of your likely tax bill, then divide by 52, and put that amount aside each week.
Survey Results: September
In the September newsletter we asked "Which social media network is the best for finding new leads?". Here's how you voted:
LinkedIn was the clear leader in our survey last month. In fact, it's such a good lead generator for freelancers, we've created a number of blog articles to help you start using it to grow your business:
October Freelance Legend
Peter Hawke on the Power of Digitising Your Finances
"For the first few years running my business, I took care of bookkeeping, invoicing, and quoting in Excel sheets. Then I found Rounded, which did everything my Excel sheets did, but better - and all in one place. It was basically a seamless transition, and as a result, I've saved myself a lot of time and stress. I recommend all freelancers start using accounting software as soon as they can!"
Peter Hawke is a freelance photographer and owner of PhotographerPete.com.au.
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Did you know Rounded could do that?
Data security is front of mind in Australia at the moment. 2 Factor Authentication (aka 2FA or MFA) is an easy way to add another layer of security to your account. We strongly recommend you make use of this feature to help ensure your financial data is secure. Click here for more information and setup instructions.
New to Rounded? Curious to learn how it works?
Come join our weekly Rounded 101 Webinars, free to anyone who wants to discover how Rounded helps make managing business finances quick and easy.
Rounded@ the AUSIT conference
Rounded is proud to be partnering with AUSIT (The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators) to sponsor their national conference taking place in Brisbane next month. This is the premier conference for translators and interpreters, the majority of whom work as Freelancers. If you’re a translator or an interpreter you should be there either online or in person. Click here for details.
The Rounded Roundup
Our Fave Stuff From Around the Web
Podcast Recommendation: The Content Byte
Check out he content byte podcast. Put together each week by the amazing Rachel Smith, Founder of Rachel’s List and Lynne Testoni the content byte serves up great guests, topical discussion and valuable advice for those who make their living as freelance content writers.
Listen on Apple | Stitcher | Spotify
Blogs from Rounded's Friends
Learn how to maximise the potential of your freelance case study to win work, answer questions and promote your style now.
Setting KPIs help you mark the finish line for your current business goals. Learn more here.
Instagram: Freelance Boundaries
YouTube: Sweatpants forever!
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