Vancouver freelancers, mark your calendars for a series of workshops that will help you get a handle on your taxes and finances. The Urban Worker Project has teamed up with Vancity Credit Union to offer a series of hands-on workshops this month called “Freelance Contracting 101: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy.”

New and veteran freelancers alike will be able to sharpen their understanding of freelance business best practices during this series of workshops, which will cover subjects such as setting rates, getting paid on time, taxes and business planning.

WHEN: October 16, 18 and 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm + Freelancer social at Central City Brewing following the last workshop
WHERE: ArtStarts, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
TICKETS: Sliding scale – $15/workshop or Pay What You Can
LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/FxiGid

The October 16 workshop “Everything You Need to Know about Finance and Taxes” will feature Tania Lo from Tandem Accounting offering tips and tricks on managing your finances and filing your taxes. This workshop will focus on how CRA typically deals with self-employed income, how to calculate income and taxes originating from a variety of sources, how to distinguish between eligible and ineligible expenses, strategies to manage cash flow, and more. It will conclude with an overview of free DIY tax filing tools and an opportunity to ask specific questions.

The October 18 workshop “Systems for the Small Shop” will feature technology and operations consultant Rachel Flood teaching participants how to identify and improve inefficient business processes and choosing software to support your business.

The October 19 workshop “State Your Worth — How to Ask for What You Really Want from New and Existing Clients” will feature Annika Reinhardt from Talent Collective discussing freelance pricing models and negotiation techniques.

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