The Business Side of Self Employment
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What is the EntreCourier?
When you agreed to be an independent contractor, you agreed you were providing services as a business, not as an employee.
EntreCourier exists to help you embrace your role as a business owner. We look at the business side of self-employment and how to be the boss of your own business.
We're here to help you be the boss of your own business.
Topics in the EntreCourier
You're Running a Business
Legally and contractually, you provide services as a business, not as an employee. We discuss what that means and how to take advantage of your role as a business owner.
Money and Taxes for Gig Workers
Understanding how profit and loss works, what you are really making as an independent contractor, and how taxes work for self-employed individuals
Tools of the
Identifying tools you can utilize to make your business more profitable
- Using your car and other forms of transportation for gig work
- Apps and software for self-employed independent contractors
- Essential tools and supplies for gig workers
Platforms and Opportunities
Examining the gig companies and other earnings opportunities
- Uber Eats
- Other platforms and opportunities for self-employment
Doordash Taxes: How Taxes Work for Dashers
We examine nine important concepts to help Dashers understand how taxes work when you're an independent contractor with Doordash. This overview is the first in a series of articles that examine various aspects of income and tax deductions for Doordash delivery contractors.
How Much Does Uber Eats Pay? Your Guide to Driver Pay (2023)
We examine the Uber Eats pay model, what people can earn as an independent contractor with Uber Eats, and the factors that impact an Uber Eats driver's earnings.
Accepting and Declining Doordash Orders: Does Acceptance Rate Matter?
What does it mean to accept or reject delivery offers with Doordash? Is it okay to reject offers with Doordash? What are the best strategies for determining if a delivery offered by Doordash makes sense?
Accepting and Rejecting Uber Eats Offers (How it Works, What to Accept)
What's the best way to decide if it makes sense to accept a delivery offer from Uber Eats? We examine how to accept or reject offers, what acceptance rate means, and things to examine when deciding if it makes sense to accept an offer.
Doordash Top Dasher: What are the Requirements and Does Top Dasher Matter?
We look at how the Top Dasher program for Doordash works. We examine the requirements and the benefits of being Top Dasher. We look at factors to help determine whether pursuing Top Dasher status makes sense as a delivery contractor.
How to Get Your Doordash Pay Stubs and Earnings Statement (Employment Verification)
How can you use your Doordash earnings in a loan application or for employment verification if you're looking for an apartment? As an independent contractor, there are no pay stubs. We examine how to present your Doordash (and other gig company) earnings in a way that supports your loan or income verification requirements.
- Money, Finances and Insurance for Gig WorkersIn the articles below, we look at the different financial tools and needs for independent contractors in the gig economy. We discuss how insurance works and how contractors can handle their money.
- Independent Contractor TaxesTaxes are different for independent contractors in the gig economy than they are for an employee with a W2. There's too much about gig worker taxes to cover in a single article adequately. For that reason, we've assembled several articles about the many aspects of how taxes work for self-employed gig workers, particularly in the …
- Understanding Profit and Loss in the Gig EconomyToo many independent contractors, especially in delivery and rideshare, evaluate their earnings in terms of the money that comes in. You must understand that as a business owner, your earnings are your profits, or what's left over after expenses. We look at how that works for independent contractors. The following articles discuss what it is …
- Using Business Strategies to Make More MoneyOne of the most important differences between working as an independent contractor and an employee is your control over your work. You have more opportunities to let your business decisions influence your profitability. With a business mindset, you can decide what makes the most sense for you. You can think in terms of strategies that …
- Independent Contractor or Employee?What does it mean to be an independent contractor? How is that different than employment? When you agree to be an independent contractor, you agree that you are providing services as a business instead of as an employee. You file taxes as a sole proprietor or small business owner. Why do companies use independent contractors …