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Common self-employed expenses when...

Own Home Working from home

Home Office Furniture

Light Bill

Water Bill

Rent

Own Car Driving to work

Gas

Car Maintenance

Insurance & Registration

Parking & Tolls

Vehicle Depreciation

Mileage

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Actors & Performance Artists
Actors & Performance Artists
  • Self Promotion Material
  • Costumes
  • Performance Hair & Make-up
  • Manager Fees
  • Union Dues
  • Conferences & Classes
  • Video Equipment
  • Photography Equipment
  • Travel
  • Home Office More Details
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Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Artists
Artists
  • Art Supplies (canvas, brushes, paint)
  • Advertising
  • Photography equipment (lighting, camera, backdrops)
  • Studio Expenses
  • Art Stands
  • Commission Fees
  • Website Development/Maintenance
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Copywriters & Bloggers
Copywriters & Bloggers
  • Computer, Laptop, Tablet
  • Phone Bill
  • Internet Bill
  • Software (computer software, design software)
  • Website Expenses (hosting, design, layout)
  • Memberships & Subscriptions
  • Website Development/Maintenance
  • Travel
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Caregivers & Nannies
Caregivers & Nannies
  • Medical Supplies (PPE)
  • Advertising
  • App Fees
  • Legal Fees
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Commission Fees
  • Mileage
  • Uniform
  • Cleaning Bill
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Construction Contractors
Construction Contractors
  • Trade School
  • Licensing & Fees
  • Uniform & Work Clothes (hard hats, vest, boots, protective gear)
  • Insurance
  • Safety Equipment
  • Car & Truck Expenses
  • Advertising (online or print)
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Travel
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Cosmetic & Personal Care
Cosmetic & Personal Care
  • Advertising
  • Website Development/Maintenance
  • Supply Storage
  • Promotional Giveaways
  • Commission Fees
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Phone Bill
  • Equipment (lighting, backdrops, tripod)
  • Conference/Show Fees
  • Travel
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Package & Food Delivery Drivers
Package & Food Delivery Drivers
  • Phone Bill
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Courier & Hot Bags
  • Commission Fees
  • Uniform & Merchandise
  • Parking & Tolls
  • Gas
  • Car Maintenance
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters
Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters
  • Poop Bags
  • Pet Treats
  • Pet Toys
  • Leashes & Harnesses
  • Phone Bill
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Rain & Snow Gear
  • Walking Shoes
  • Advertising
  • Pet Beds
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Independent Consultants & Freelancers
Independent Consultants & Freelancers
  • Continuing Education
  • Legal Fees
  • Business Cards
  • Software
  • Advertising
  • Marketing Material
  • Website Expenses
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Phone Bill
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Hairdressers, Stylists, & Barbers
Hairdressers, Stylists, & Barbers
  • Rent
  • Supplies
  • Education & Classes
  • Uniform
  • Licensing & Fees
  • Advertising
  • Card & Bank Fees
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Dues & Subscriptions
  • Towels & Smocks
  • Hair Products & Chemicals
  • Hair Tools & Equipment
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Life & Business Coaches
Life & Business Coaches
  • Conferences & Classes
  • Office Supplies
  • Office Furniture
  • Phone Bill
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Education & Classes
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Website Maintenance
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Make-up Artists
Make-up Artists
  • Make-up Kit Supplies
  • Membership Fees
  • Make-up Products, Brushes, & Sponges
  • Promotional Goodies
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Education & Classes
  • Licenses & Fees
  • Card & Bank Fees
  • Web Development/Maintenance
  • Conference Expenses
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Massage Therapists
Massage Therapists
  • Training & Certification
  • Oils & Lotions
  • Spa or Studio Rent
  • Massage Furniture
  • Music Streaming App
  • Website Expenses
  • Legal Fees
  • Advertising
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Models
Models
  • Self Promotion Material
  • Agency Commissions
  • Make-up Products, Brushes, & Sponges
  • Coaching & Classes
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Phone Bill
  • Portfolio Expenses
  • Casting Site Fees
  • Manager Fees
  • Travel
  • Union Dues
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Musicians & Bands
Musicians & Bands
  • Musical Instrument & Carrying Case
  • Editing Software
  • Microphone
  • Advertising
  • Streaming Services Fee
  • Commission Fees
  • Subscriptions & Memberships
  • Recording Studio Fees
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Nail Technicians & Manicurists
Nail Technicians & Manicurists
  • Licensing & Fees
  • Advertising
  • Uniform
  • Supplies (nail polish, decor, nail clippers, nail filers, carrying case)
  • Education & Classes
  • Rent
  • Card & Bank Fees
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Dues & Subscriptions
  • Web Development/Maintenance
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Online Merchants (e.g. Ebay, Etsy, Amazon)
Online Merchants (e.g. Ebay, Etsy, Amazon)
  • Advertising
  • Shipping & Packaging
  • Merchant Services Fees
  • Website Expenses
  • Commissions Paid
  • Email Software
  • Materials & Supplies
  • Photography Expenses
  • Electronics
  • Equipment (scanners, scales, shipping labels)
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Personal Trainers (PTs) & Fitness Consultants
Personal Trainers (PTs) & Fitness Consultants
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Advertising
  • Certification & Education
  • Conferences, Workshops, & Classes
  • Professional Fees
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Memberships
  • Marketing
  • Supplements & Shakes for Clients
  • Website Development/Maintenance
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Photographers & Videographers
Photographers & Videographers
  • Photography equipment (Lights, Backdrops, Tripods, Stands, Carrying Cases)
  • Editing Software
  • Advertising
  • Electronics (computer, laptops, tablets)
  • Studio Expenses
  • Data Storage
  • Business Cards
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Video Equipment
  • Stock Photo/Video Platforms
  • Travel
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Production Assistants
Production Assistants
  • Equipment
  • Production Materials
  • Travel Expenses
  • Production Costs
  • Decor & Staging Furniture
  • Commission Fees
  • Website Development/Maintenance
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Realtors & Real Estate Brokers
Realtors & Real Estate Brokers
  • Licensing & Membership Fees
  • Education & Training
  • Property Marketing
  • Commissions Paid
  • Desk Fees
  • Office Supplies
  • Phone Bill
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Home Staging & Decor Fees
  • Client Gifts
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Rideshare Drivers (e.g. Uber, Lyft)
Rideshare Drivers (e.g. Uber, Lyft)
  • Car Wash & Cleaning
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Passenger Goodies
  • Car Maintenance
  • Insurance & Registration
  • Parking & Tolls
  • Gas
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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Electricians
Electricians
  • Electrical Classes
  • Licensing & Fees
  • Uniform & Work Clothes (Hard hats, vest, boots, protective gear)
  • Insurance
  • Safety Equipment
  • Car & Truck Expenses
  • Advertising (online or print)
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Plumbers & Handymen
Plumbers & Handymen
  • Plumbing Classes
  • Licensing & Fees
  • Uniform & Work Clothes (Hard hats, vest, boots, protective gear)
  • Insurance
  • Safety Equipment
  • Car & Truck Expenses
  • Advertising (online or print)
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Roofers & Roofing Repair
Roofers & Roofing Repair
  • Roofing Classes
  • Licensing & Fees
  • Uniform & Work Clothes (Hard hats, vest, boots, protective gear)
  • Insurance
  • Safety Equipment
  • Car & Truck Expenses
  • Advertising (online or print)
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Private Tutors
Private Tutors
  • Electronics (computer, keyboard, mouse, moniter etc)
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Phone Bill
  • Education Supplies
  • Student Rewards
  • Internet Bill
  • Chalk or White Boards
  • PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Web & Graphic Designers
Web & Graphic Designers
  • Software (computer software, design software)
  • Advertising
  • Marketing Material
  • Electronics (computer, laptop, tablet)
  • Data Storage
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Classes/Conferences
  • Website Development/Maintenance
  • Travel
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Wedding & Event Planners
Wedding & Event Planners
  • Phone & Accessories
  • Event Location Costs
  • Website Expenses
  • Advertising
  • Marketing Materials
  • Contracted Labor, Employees, & Services (florists, balloon artist, servers, bartenders)
  • Subscriptions & Memberships
  • Wedding Expos & Conferences
  • Event Rental Equipment (decor, furniture, tables, plates, chairs)
  • Travel & Meals Related to Your Business
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

Here are common self-employment expenses for:

Yoga & Wellness Instructors
Yoga & Wellness Instructors
  • Rent
  • Studio Supplies
  • Certification Fees
  • Professional Memberships
  • Music & Music Subscriptions
  • Insurance
  • Aromatheraphy, Oils & Supplements
  • Classes & Workshops
  • Advertising
  • Home Office More Details
  • Mileage/Car Expenses More Details

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