The surprising cost of working freelance
Managing your freelance expenses
Working freelance is an appealing idea if you're unemployed or unhappy with your job. You can be your own boss, do what you love and set your own hours.
But before you give two weeks' notice or stop your job search, be aware that freelancers have a variety of expenses that employees don't.
"I think that sometimes people get so caught up in the excitement of being their own boss that they forget these kinds of things," says Lisa Kanarek, founder of WorkingNaked.com, a website that gives advice to home-based business owners; Kanarek is also the author of the book "Working Naked."
You'll need to make more than you did in your salaried position to cover these new freelance expenses and have the same level of financial stability, according to Michelle Goodman, author of "My So-Called Freelance Life."
Following are some freelance expenses you'll need to account for and tips on how to manage them.