zulahni asked: okay but is there a service that does spreadsheets AND documents, and will let me edit them at the same time as my friends?
Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business
What do refund lenders see when they look at poor neighborhoods?
True story: last year when I wanted help with my taxes I typed in “tax centers near [my address]” and found an H&R Block. Which I trusted, because they’re, like, the Fed Ex of tax processing.
They wanted to charge me $400 to help me complete my tax return.
According to this Mother Jones article, that’s one of the tricks tax preparers use in low-income neighborhoods: they assume the individual is going to get a huge refund due to the Earned Income Credit, and so they deliberately charge hundreds of dollars to do tax returns, knowing the person will be more than willing to spend $400 to get $1500 in refunds.
I had no idea. I put off finding a CPA for a year because I assumed “This run-down little H&R Block is charging people $400 for tax help? A full-time CPA must be even more expensive.”
I am way too angry about this.
molly23 asked: Okay but like what if I want like a place where I can store spreadsheets for tours? and maybe put them into a folder with documents about my itinerary and whatnot?
adamsak asked: Your last answer was a little unclear. What's your favorite server-based set of document creation web-applications?
Anonymous asked: How do you archive/track completed work? (I.e., what do you do with the actual files/written words, and how do you remember what you did with them?)
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This Week in Freelancing: Scope Creep
Money Earned This Week: ~$700 (It’s a rare week where I don’t have an exact number for you, but that’s because I won’t know until the very end of the day. As of this writing I have earned $496.90, but I have a lot more work to do before I can call this week over.)
Articles Written This Week: 16
Want to hear me play music? Come to Norwescon at 7 p.m. tonight!
First: the “I wrote an article on sexual consent” thing that I posted on Sunday: It was not a troll. I do know what happened. I don’t have approval to share it publicly. I also pulled my original post on the subject, since the website did not like my publishing assumptions about what had happened.
(That, by the way, is a huge lesson for all of us: when it looks like someone has edited/altered your material, go to your editors first. Don’t go publishing to your Tumblr that something terrible happened.)
The reason why my earnings are so low this week is because I spent a lot of it doing boomerang scope creep stuff: projects I thought were completed/paid came rising up like hungry zombies and demanded more attention.
This type of scope creep is unavoidable. There’s always going to be clients who think they’re satisfied and then change their minds. It just all piled on at once this week and made it difficult to complete new work.
(To pre-empt the question why don’t you ask for more money when they want more revisions?, well: that’s not how copy agencies work. They’re a one-price shop. Once you pay your price, you get revisions until you’re satisfied. 80% of my work is accepted without any revisions. About 15% want one revision. And the rest of them all contacted me this week.)
Anyway, that means I need to get back to work, because I am not done earning money for this week! I would like a bit more money for this week, please. :)
Pretty Ramp Machine
What if disability isn’t a medical condition? What if it’s a consequence of bad design?
A fun read on the possibilities of incorporating building design to include all types of bodies and mobility ranges.
If you actually click through and watch the video:
- The vlogger immediately states he is “barely qualified” to do his job. (He says this in the context of “the anxiety we have about work,” but it is still hilarious.)
- Nothing about the video actually compares the calories consumed eating in vs. eating out.
- Also why are we calorie-shaming?
- The source for this information is Forza Supplements. Totes trustworthy.
- "We know for sure that social isolation and stress take years off of people’s lives." Do we? DO WE?
Gaah I am absolutely being the tool who tears down other people’s work, but I am also starting to believe that actual journalism is a unicorn. Or a dragon. And someday the dragons will return and three people will ride on them and burninate all the clickbaiters.
How to Save Money With Everyday Household Hacks
First of all, clean up the solid debris, like the hairball or the spaghetti strands. Then, grab a washcloth and a shampoo bottle…
I write daily pieces for Coupon Connections (which is a great site if you are looking for coupons for everyday products AND free Kindle books, they have a lot of those), and today I got to write about my favorite household hacks.
YAY SHARING KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SHAMPOOING CARPETS WITH ACTUAL SHAMPOO :)