I received a Form 1099-NEC — what should I do?

This post was originally published on Feb. 5, 2015, and was updated on April 2, 2018, March 27, 2019, Feb. 5, 2020 and Jan 29, 2021.

The above content should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

If you’ve worked as an independent contractor during 2020, a Form 1099-NEC should have landed in your mailbox or inbox around the end of January. The 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Income, is an informational form that U.S. businesses are required to send to people they paid more than $600 for services during the last calendar year.

According to the IRS:

  • You do not necessarily have to have a business for payments for your services to be reported on Form 1099-NEC. You may simply perform services as a non-employee.
  • The payer has determined that an employer-employee relationship does not exist
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Emaad Paracha: From website design to AI

Emaad Paracha operates Abstract Hub, a digital agency with offices in Toronto and Karachi that handles everything from web design to AI. You can catch up with him on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The who:

Given a business name is so central to a brand, we tend to put a lot of importance on it. How did you arrive at a name, and how do you feel about it now that you’ve been in business a while?

This was probably one of the hardest parts of the initial setup of the business. We needed to pick a name that can resonate well with clients and us alike, not be too restrictive, and remain future proof to changes in the business. After considerable thought, we went with Abstract Hub, a name that, as the name suggests itself, can be abstracted to multiple domains. It isn’t too short or … Read more

Free email templates for getting content

There’s nothing sadder than a great website design just sitting there with lorem ipsum text and placeholder images.

Hello, client… where’s that content you were gonna send? 

Often, a strategically timed message can help get things moving again. And so we present to you these free email templates for getting content from your clients.

Use these free email templates for getting content

It’s usually a good idea to set expectations in the contract. Note that if the client doesn’t send content by a certain date, the project can be put on hold. You don’t want to be caught waiting for a client and unable to take on new work.

Many times, clients are just forgetful or overwhelmed with their responsibilities. A little expert advice from their web pro (you) can give them the confidence to take their best shot.

And finally let you get back to work!


General email template

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HubQuest: Score critical time-saving points with the Hub by GoDaddy Pro

If website freelance life were an RPG, the Hub by GoDaddy Pro would be a +3 flaming sword infused with magic. Users wielding the Hub report that it saves them an average of three hours each month for every site they manage for clients.  

Talk about a baby orc dilemma. Do you use that saved time to chill, or ride the momentum and slay the rest of your day?  

Whatever you choose, it starts with mastering the Hub. We’ve broken this —  um HubQuest? — into digestible episodes. Each one concludes with a challenge from the level boss who, for the nimble-fingered Makers of the Web, should be laughably easy to vanquish.  

Thanks for playing our game. 

Prologue: Embarking on the HubQuest 

Embark on the HubQuest by signing in to your intuitive dashboard of the Hub. You’re ready to start saving time with your web dev Read more

4 emotive marketing campaigns that cut through the noise

In these uncertain times, standing out in your niche should be a top priority as an online business owner.

COVID-19 has disrupted the way we work and live on a global scale, and while the threat of the pandemic isn’t showing any signs of slowing down yet, shoppers are still willing to spend.

In fact, retail studies predicted that online shopping and ecommerce would skyrocket during the holiday season, with a growth of 18.5{2a3e680f1439d15db2efa1f6e7ed882a5847e72ec9baddde754e69dd847cc2fd} expected across North America alone. And, on a global scale, eCommerce sales are likely to reach the $4.9 trillion mark by the end of 2021.

To get your hands on a healthy slice of the online shopping sales pie and ensure your business thrives in the long term, embracing the power of emotive marketing campaigns is the way forward.

Emotive marketing is a potent promotional force that will engage your audience in a way that inspires … Read more