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Freelancers Union weekly wrap-up (5/12-5/16)

First, Solange attacked Jay-Z...and then a cat saved a small child.

With all of this happening in the world, you may have missed all of the important information in freelance-land this past week.

Freelancers Union to the rescue! Here’s what happened this week:

Finding Gigs and getting paid:
How to find hot startup jobs: If you’re tired of working for the sleepy, risk-averse corporate world, try to transfer your skills to a gig at a startup company.

Hourly rate or project fee: What makes freelancers more money?: We’re not going to come down on a side, but we do want to tell you which solution is best for your type of work and project.

How to work less (and not lose income): It’s the dream of most freelancers: more time for personal projects, for family, and for going to the beach this summer instead of spending our Saturdays in front of a computer in the basement.

Don't get stiffed: How to ask for milestone payments: If you’ve ever had trouble getting paid, give yourself more security with milestone payments.

Clients, Contracts, and Freelance Life:
How do you live & work? Take our survey!: Freelancers Union is trying to really understand how freelancers are changing the definition of success, and we need your insight to do it. Take our brief survey and you could win $250!

"I will do this, not that": How to set boundaries with your clients: Going above and beyond for your clients doesn’t mean answering their phone call at 6AM on a Sunday morning.

What every freelancer needs to know about contracts: Confused about what to put in your contract? Join us this week for a free webinar!

A step-by-step guide to project proposals: So your client asks you for a proposal, or perhaps you just think that writing a proposal would be a good idea. What do you need to include?

What your clients are secretly thinking (but won't say): Understanding what your client really means -- and then delivering on what they’re looking for -- can make the difference between a project that runs smoothly and one that never gets off the ground.

Quiet Revolution Map: Goods & Services: From coast to coast, freelancers are revolting against corporate culture by purchasing goods & services from local, community-driven, independent businesses.

5 important legal resources for freelancers: As you grow in your freelance career, it will become more important that you understand the legal aspects of running your business!

Social Media and Creative Forces:
Does social media matter for freelancers in 2014?: What are some reasonable expectations we can have about the time we sink into our Facebook and Twitter pages, and what’s just hype?

The trouble with "likes": Do you get a little endorphin rush when something you post on social media is popular or gets a lot of likes? You’re not alone.

What do Microsoft, Coldplay, David Lynch, U2, and Nokia have in common?: Brian Eno is someone that you know, but you may not know that you know. It was his birthday on Thursday, so we wrote a post about it.

Quote of the Week:

"Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games" - Babe Ruth

— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) May 16, 2014