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In My Corner

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Can’t believe I’ve been blogging at The Kentucky Gent for almost four years now – two of which have been full-time. CRAZY how time flies. I’ve learned a lot over the years, but I’m humble enough to admit that there’s still a lot left to learn. Actually, it’s one of my least/most favorite things about this industry. It’s literally changing each and every day and learning to roll with the punches has never been more important. 

Something that hasn’t changed though is the industry here in Louisville. There’s still only a handful of bloggers in the city. And you can count the amount of those of us doing it full time on one hand. Meaning it gets lonely, and while I love my friends and family – the vast majority of them don’t full understand what this job entails. In the past I’ve shared posts on What I Do and Bloggers vs. Blogging but never dove into how I make money and who helps me do that. 

But when Collectively reached about helping launch their new site I knew this was the perfect chance to do just that. If you’re in the industry and haven’t heard of them, you’re missing out. Because they’re hands down my favorite Influencer Agency to work with.  The majority of my revenue comes from sponsored content. Meaning I create content (photos, videos, copy) for brands by including their product in my every day life. In the most organic way possible. 

I’ve been lucky enough to create content directly for brands over the years, but Collectively makes my life SO much easier. They’re constantly in my corner, considering me for opportunities, and handling all the nitty-gritty that I’m not a fan of. Like contracts and billing. Which means I have more time to do what I love, taking photos and writing. 

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I’ve been fortunate enough to meet several of the Collectively team members over the years, even though I live in Kentucky, and consider them good friends. Which, for me, as a the ONLY guy doing what I do within a 100 mile radius is needed. They’ve been in my corner since day one. Advocating for my brand. Helping me build my business. And making it easier than ever to do all of the above. 

As I said before, I love my friends and family locally, but at the end of the day they don’t get it. While I love what I do it does get incredibly lonely. Especially when living in a smaller town like Louisville. But because of the relationships I’ve built with the Collectively team I know that I’m able to reach out to their Community team at any time. They have become invaluable assets to me and my brand, and I know without a doubt I would not be where I am today without their help and guidance. 

Because at the end of the day I know that even though I’m a one man show (for now) in Kentucky. There’s a dedicated team going to bat for me day after day at Collectively HQ. And that’s invaluable. I literally don’t have the time or the energy to do it all and now I don’t have to. If you’re in the industry or just want to learn more about what they do now’s the perfect time. Their new site is beyond gorgeous, and you may just see a familiar face!

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Self-Employed
Accounting Solutions

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Last week was a doozy. I presented at my first ever conference and worried myself into a tizzy preparing for my presentation. But in typical Josh fashion I waited until the night before to put together the actual presentation. When I say I’m a pro at procrastinating, it’s not an exaggeration. I’m the worst. I’ll admit it.

Talking about social media for an hour and a half seemed like a stretch. But about an hour into it I realized I could’ve used more time. Because it was barely enough to cover the basics. The sheer bulk of information to cover coupled with the abundance of questions from attendees meant I was rushing through my last couple of slides. Learn something new every day, right?

Speaking of learning things, I’ve learned a lot over the years, including things I don’t necessarily enjoy. Like keeping my books and paying taxes. I’ve teamed up with QuickBooks Self-Employed today to help y’all take control of your taxes. Because their self-employed accounting solutions make my life so much easier. And I honestly would have a few more grey hairs if it weren’t for them. 

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TurboTax Self-Employed incorporates seamlessly with QuickBooks Self-Employed  for a one of a kind tax preparation and expense tracking solution. This integration is the first and only year-round solution of its kind designed to meet the unique needs of the more than 55 million self-employed taxpayers. 

QuickBooks Self-Employed’s app comes loaded with handy features like receipt snap, mileage tracker, and effortless invoicing to name a few. My personal favorite? Expense tracking. Why? Because it integrates with my all bank accounts and credit cards. Aggregates my spending into an easy to digest format. And then allows me to denote each transaction as personal or business with just the swipe of a finger. 

 

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Filling taxes as a self-employed person can be daunting. But when you use TurboTax Self-Employed rest assured that you’re not alone. Because credentialed tax experts, who specialize in self-employed taxes, are there to answer all your questions. At no additional cost. Meaning you can focus on what you do best, running your business. Not driving yourself crazy trying to do it all.

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Crystal Ludwick Photography | Edits: Josh Johnson