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Accounting for Service Fees

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As you know I am laser focused on building my virtual assistant consulting business. Today I am here with a question for the BAD community about the service fees I incur.

Little Background

When I began twelve years ago, I was able to build my business using to primary methods.

First, I advertised in local business focused magazines and newspapers. My first client found me through a newspaper that came to his wife’s law office. He ended up hiring me as customer service for one company and tech support for another.

Second, I applied for project based jobs on Guru.com. This is how my longest running client found me. I started as a part time marketing assistant and moved up to customer service and product manager over 10 years with them.

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Now Today

I thought as I began to focus on rebuilding my consulting business that I could go about things in a similar manner. But time has changed things a bit. Virtual Assistant is now a common term. And I am competing with a worldwide workforce.

Tim Ferris’ book Four Hour Work Week brought using an international workforce to the forefront. Highlighting the opportunity to hire a quality, low cost support staff. It made competition in the virtual assistant world fierce.

My Question: Service Fees

As a result of all of this, I am changing direction. Or at least the platform and proposals I am using.

I am now focusing on Upwork.com and taking advantage of their detailed filter options for finding work. I specifically like the option to limit your search results to projects seeking US Based Workers only. This is huge for my particular industry.

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In addition to the standard price, time frame and keywords, you can limit search results by skill level sought and number of proposals already submitted and more.

Here’s my question: each of these platforms charges a service fee to the contractor.

The service fee comes out of the contractors pay depending on what level of membership the contractor has. I am charged 8.95% of any pay on Guru and 20% for the first $500 earned per client and 10% up to $10,000 with a client on Upwork.

How do you account for the service fee when it comes to tax time?

 


W-2 Question

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It has been a long time since I worked as an employee. Recently, I received my W-2 for the corporate job I had until recently.  Now I have a question for the BAD Community.

W-2 Question

Why is the amount listed in Box #1 labeled Wgs, tips, other compn different than the amount listed in Box #3 labeled Social security wages? Box #1 lists $49,072.10 and Box #3 lists $51,818.26, I don’t understand why the amounts are different.

Can someone please advise?  I looked back thru my old W-2s and I don’t have any where these amounts are different.  (Granted the last one was some years back; I’m not sure what has changed since then.)

Unemployment Benefits Update

My application for unemployment benefits has now been escalated to the tax department (or something like that.) I’ve had to submit a 10 page questionnaire, copies of my W-2, paystubs from this year, copy of my bank records with deposits from them and so much more. It was a beast to get it altogether. As far as I can tell, they are evaluating whether the company was in the wrong.

I have no idea how it will turn out. But it does give me some satisfaction that they are being scrutinized a bit. I’m hopeful that the benefits will kick in, the money would be very helpful as I look for work.

Some Other News

I have not heard back from Home Depot. It makes me very sad that I may not get the part time job. I’m really interested in working there.  I called and left a message for the hiring manager today.

History Buff has decided to move down to GA. We are working out the details now. I’m afraid he’s learned that adulting is not all it’s cut out to be. He is ready to get back to his education.

Book Club will officially start Monday…are you ready?