Freelancers Union weekly wrap-up (5/19-5/23)

May 23, 2014

As multi-talented freelancers, I’m sure you all appreciated Will Ferrell’s expedition into the unknown this week: the drum battle.

Seriously, did you see that drum battle!? Who knew that Will Ferrell had such killer chops!

After you watch that epic face-off one more time, we thought you might want to check out all that’s happened in freelance-land over this past week. Here’s what you may have missed:

Freelance Tips
Everything you need to know about freelancing - Master FAQ: Need to know something about freelancing? Need to get inspired? Here is a giant list of things to keep you educated and motivated to live a well-rounded freelance life.

The best-paying (and fulfilling) work-from-home job: It’s my firm belief that no matter your education level or your work experience, there is a job out there for you that is fulfilling and sustaining.

How to go independent, together: We’re having a special Google+ Hangout with freelance couple, Jordana and Cassius Wright. Join us this Thursday!

Is your portfolio turning away clients?: For many creative freelancers, the portfolio is the business. Is your portfolio doing its job?

Do deadlines make us stupid?: Do you perform best under stress? A new study might make you think again.

A freelancer’s guide to starting a website: So you’ve got a business. Now it’s time to give it a home.

4 Tips for maintaining a successful partnership: Just because you’re independent doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.

Freelance News
Who’s counting freelancers? It’s all in the (missing) numbers: The freelance economy is massive – but still invisible.

“Culture fit” is #1 factor in hiring process, survey finds: You have the skills. You’re a good communicator. You get an interview, but you don’t get the gig. Why?

Women launch more than 1200 businesses a day, according to new report: The rate at which women start businesses has doubled in the past 3 years, according to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN.

What would you have done differently after graduation?: 33% of Americans wish they had started a business instead of going to college.

Work/Life Balance
50 ways to get a job that makes good: It’s absolutely possible to find a job that makes money and does good. Here’s how.

How not to work on weekends (in GIFs): It's May, so you no longer have any excuse to stay inside on the weekends doing client work.

4 smoothie recipes for healthy, busy freelancers: Why do you need more smoothies in your life? The reasons are countless and convincing.

"Worship your will end up feeling stupid", and other advice from David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech: This month, thousands of students will take their diplomas and leave their graduation ceremonies with one question: “What’s next?”

And here’s that epic drum battle again!

Photo by Etsai