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Always Ready To Walk
How can you be committed to your clients, perhaps even obsessed with your work, and yet still be truly free? And what does this have to do with wasting your life? San peers into his mirror, broods, and flouts conventional wisdom about how to market yourself. Full story

Even in the complex productions of Hollywood, the vision of a single independent professional can be crucial. Well-known film producer John Daly works for himself now, and 1099 interviews him. Full story

NewWorkOldColleaguesBeating The Night Terrors
No work coming in? Living in your own private horror movie? We feel your pain... no, actually, that's baloney. Only you feel your pain. But we do have some advice.   Full story     Tips
The Hairy Arm
You would never manipulate your clients, would you? What's that... oh, you would? Never mind. Anyway the psychology of client revisions can get a little... hairy.
Museum CuratorSurely you knew that museum curators can be independent professionals. It's an interesting life, complete with mother goddesses, problem clients (sound familiar?), and a diabetic male cat named... Susan? Don't ask; just read. Naming Your BusinessYou can invent a name for your solo business, or simply use the one you were born with. We found that IPs disagree on this issue. Full story

A Day in the Life of an IP: When it's hot in the Hamptons, superstar summer residents hire IP landscape designer Elizabeth Lear.
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Classified ads for IPs? The Great Scott, a magician, is used to stunning children and adults by making things appear and disappear. But not even smoke and mirrors can conjure up new clients... Full story    Tips

At least once every year -- usually in April -- IPs have a first hand experience of film noir. We found an IP lawyer/accountant who divides his time between murder, bombs, and... tax preparation. Call it IRS noir. Full story

Should you do your own taxes, or have a professional tax preparer do it? 1099 speaks with three professionals about the pros and cons of each method. Full story

April's long gone, and if you were a good little girl or boy and filed your taxes on time, you can ignore this. But if you screwed up and are still having IRS nightmares, here are our picks of Key Web Sites for Tax Panic.

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inSANity Column
This week: San
practices his walking skills
New every Friday

Taxation Column
You call yourself "self-employed," but what will the IRS call you? June Walker explains in her trademark clear style.

Doing Work Column
Client relations and
project management
(We're looking for a permanent columnist for this slot)

Getting Work Column
(Yep, we're still looking for a marketing columnist. Recommendations?

Email from our readers: Our columnist accused of irresponsibly disturbing the peace... tax status affected by how you're paid... and much more...

Books of Interest to Independent Professionals
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