Incredibly basic question on freelancing, invoices and self-employment
August 17, 2014 8:30 AM Subscribe
This is extremely basic, I know, but I can't seem to find a good answer on this: I'm transitioning out of my full-time job to working on freelance gigs. The only problem: I'm starting to put together invoices, and it seems like you might need a company name to do so. Is that correct? Does one need a registered company/incorporation to freelance?
posted by Ash3000 to Work & Money (16 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
According to wikipedia, invoices can only be issued by "legal entities." Wave, an app recommended by the Freelancers Union, asks for a Company Name. On the other hand, I'm not seeing a lot mentioned about this in places I'd expect to if it's ubiquitous.
Does every single freelancer set up a legal company and I just didn't realize it? How about people that are just doing part-time gigs here and there? If not, how exactly do folks get paid in a legal manner when just contracting themselves out? If so, what's next? To be clear, I'm working as essentially a consultant on digital/online strategy - helping folks doing good work in the world optimize what they do online, start to improve their social media, etc.
In a lot of ways, this is the natural result of my fuck-this-I-simply-can't-do-this-anymore AskMe from a few months back
- it's exciting to start to make an important step to something better, but I'm a little overwhelmed by the inability to quickly find a clear answer.