DesignCast 53: Designer Deductions

By: Wes McDowell | January 13th, 2014 | 1 comment

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We’ll bet you hate thinking about taxes. We also bet you love saving your hard earned money! While paying taxes is the burden of just about every person on this planet, it can be especially hard on freelance graphic designers. Luckily, we have many expenses that can be deducted from our tax burden, resulting in more money in our pockets.

In this episode, the gang discusses many of the biggest deductions we as designers can take, including a few that you may have not been aware of.

As we say in the show, we are NOT tax professionals, and any advice we give should be run past your accountant first. We want you to keep as much money as you can, but we don’t want you crossing any lines that could get you flagged by the IRS.

We also answer a few new listener questions about how to handle client web hosting, and what the pros/cons of hiring a business manager.

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One Response to DesignCast 53: Designer Deductions

  1. Simon Toyne says:

    Hi Wes,

    Awesome podcast as always and great advice. You’d be surprised how much of your content applies to designers around the world. Our tax laws maybe slightly different but the fundamentals seem to remain the same.

    One thing… can you ask Mikelle not to bang the desk when she’s emphasising a point. The boom through my headphones can be quite uncomfortable!

    Also, I must say I disagree with your points regarding designers offering hosting services. Your last points about client confusion being my main reason. Clients don’t understand the difference between domain registration and hosting. Often, domains are registered through one service provider and web hosting is set up with another.

    They also don’t take into account the requirement for email hosting attached to the same domain.

    As the contracted consultant to the client, tracking down login details for hosting accounts, DNS settings and WP Admin accounts can be a nightmare and extremely time consuming.

    If the domain, hosting and site build are all with me, I can ensure the whole process is seamless and, if my service is good enough and my approach to providing the client with information is transparent, why would they go elsewhere?

    I provide all of my clients with a document containing all of their hosting URLs and login details and even include their domain password so they can easily change service provider as and when they want. Plus, I don’t specify minimum terms so, if they want to move, they can… at any time.

    Poor designers with questionable ethics give those of us trying to work honestly and ethically a bad name.

    Keep up the good work with the Podcast. It’s great listening to other designers all over the world who are going through the same experiences :-)


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