1) PC $199 and High-Speed Internet (varies and is usually part of your cable plan)
2) Printer Scanner $63.01
HP DeskJet 3755 Compact All-in-One Wireless Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink ready – Stone Accent (J9V91A)
3) G Suite aka Google Apps (free or $10 a month for the unlimited version)
4) Military Grade Data Encryption Folder Lock – Data Security & Encryption $39.99
5) Internet Security Kaspersky 20171 Device 1 Year $28.97
6) Basic Small Business Liability Insurance (Errors and Omissions) $500 annually
7) Software or Database Access Specific to Your Profession (varies) $500 annually
8) Incorporation (varies by state) $250
Forming an LLC will cost $149 plus filing fees via Legalzoom.com. Filing fees for an LLC in the State of Virginia will cost $100.
9) WordPress Blog Site, Hosting, Domain Name *$96, $36, $15
*Current Go Daddy pricing.
10) Business Cards *$9.99
*Vista Print will get you started with a new customer deal for $9.99 for 500 business cards.
I also found the following article on Entrepreneur.com which lists the 15 best sites where freelancers can find quality side gigs to get started.
The 15 Best Freelance Websites to Find Jobs
There are plenty of guides for striking out on your own, but as a freelancer, getting higher-paying gigs isn’t just a matter of signing up on popular platforms. You’ll have to branch out, establish a great portfolio of past work and maybe even prove yourself through tests that showcase your skills. Here’s a list of the 15 best sites to find work as a freelancer.
With over 1.5 million clients, Upwork (previously oDesk) offers something for every type of freelancer. It accommodates both short- and long-term projects, hourly or per-project work and expert-level and entry-level engagements. Regardless of where you are in your career, Upwork is likely to have something for you.
With a distinctly different approach than the other services on this list, Toptal is for seasoned, talented freelancers. Passing Toptal’s screening process gives you unparalleled access to meaningful projects with great clients (JPMorgan, Zendesk, Airbnb, etc.) and fair compensation (no low-bid contests). You’ll also be able to join the Toptal community for frequent meetups and tech events.
Elance removes a lot of the hassle that comes with freelancing. You’ll be able to make a profile right away without jumping through any hoops, enjoy payment protection to ensure you’re always paid for the hours you work and more.
Editor’s note: Elance has joined Upwork since the publish date of this article.
Unlike most other platforms, in addition to offering millions of projects, Freelancer allows you to compete with other freelancers in contests to prove your skills. If you’re competitive and confident in your expertise, it’s a great way to showcase your abilities and attract more clients.Click here for reuse options!
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