Ah . . . April, the season of rejuvenation. It’s such a wonderful time of year for areas where it’s Spring. I have a sycamore tree right outside my house and it’s full of buds! Along with such a wonderful time of year, I have the pleasure of featuring author Brigitte Thompson.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brigitte, she is the founder and President of Datamaster Accounting Services, LLC. She has been active in the field of accounting since 1986 and is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and the Vermont Tax Practitioners Association.
A prolific writer, Brigitte is the author of several business books, contributing author and freelance writer specializing in accounting topics.
Her business has been featured in best selling book by Paul & Sarah Edwards, The Entrepreneurial Parent, and in Mompreneurs Online by Patricia Cobe & Ellen Parlapiano.
In addition to having a thriving business and being a published author, Brigitte lives in, what sounds to me like an ideal spot, the Green Mountains of Vermont. She lives there with her husband and three children.
But, there's much more to this accomplished woman. Brigitte took her accounting know-how and wrote an invaluable book for writers, Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers.
Check out the synopsis for this must-have writer’s tool:
Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers addresses issues writers face daily such as how to
deduct travel expenses, determine taxable writing income, and claim home office deductions.
Navigating through the recordkeeping required for a small business owner can be difficult. This
book is written exclusively for those of us who earn money by writing. It includes useful
information to help interpret the complexities of our federal tax code and proven techniques to
reduce taxable income.
Throughout the book we have included tips from both new and seasoned writers. In the Tips for
Success feature writers share the wisdom they have acquired over time. In the Writer’s Block
feature you will discover specific questions writers have submitted which, when answered, help
clarify points made about that topic.
You will also find that each part of this book works together to assist you in forming your overall
business plan. Each chapter steps through a comprehensive plan that works as a building block
towards a successful writing business.
Now, as an author and freelance writer I know how many questions cross our minds as we earn a living, or even supplemental income, from writing. Well, Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers will answer all those questions.
But, don’t take my word, here are three amazing reviews:
A practical manual that covers far more than its title not just bookkeeping but many other
business aspects of running a freelance writing business in the U.S. I had to find all this out
from trial and error this book will give you a great head start.
Shel Horowitz, author of Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers
Becoming a freelance writer is really exciting, and it can be easy to get caught up in getting
your business off the ground. But many creative types do their bookkeeping basics on the
fly, or not at all.
Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers explains how to track your expenses, file for
taxes, and organize your business in an easy-to-understand way. More importantly, it helps
freelancers understand that keeping the financial aspect of their business organized is just
as critical to success as that first big article published in a national magazine.
Amy Forstadt, Freelance Communications and Marketing Specialist
Writers everywhere will be so happy to find this book! I am a writer, not a bookkeeper, but
bookkeeping is a big part of being a writer. Unfortunately, many writers do not have
bookkeeping or business skills.
This book can help you tremendously with forming your business, setting up what you need
to do legally, choosing a name, and documenting your income for the IRS. The forms
included in this book are invaluable and make the process much easier and streamlined,
including a freelance contract and subcontractor agreement.
Save yourself much time and aggravation and use this book and the forms included to begin
your successful writing career today!
Michelle Dunn, columnist and author of eight books in the collecting money series
Okay, okay, I know as a writer you’ll want to have this book for your own, so here’s the information to get a copy of Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers:
Amazon Link: http://www.amzn.com/0963212389
Brigitte, I want to say THANK YOU for being my featured guest today.