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Why we hate work, fun with GIFs, Allen Ginsberg, and more!

Did you know that Ghostbusters came out 30 years ago this week? I’d be lying if I didn’t say that makes me feel very, very old.

You know what’s not old? Our blog! We’ve redesigned it and made it all shiny and new, just for you!

So take a look around! And while you’re at it, check out all that happened over this past week:

Clients & Gigs
Want to know what other freelancers charge?: Something interesting is starting to happen: freelancers are sharing how much they earn.

The 10 stages of grief: Clients with terrible taste (in GIFs!): Take solace in knowing that you are not alone, there are several stages of clients-with-bad-taste grief, and you will get through this.

What if a client forbids you from including something in your porfolio?: You just completed a project, you’re proud of it, you can’t wait to show it off -- and then your client asks you not to put it in your portfolio. Sound familiar?

Why we hate to work: Did you know that just 33% of employeesdo work they enjoy?

You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate: We’ve all felt the pressure of that moment at the negotiating table. How do we get beyond it?

What type of workspace is best for you?: Take our short quiz!

Get the best out of coworking (without having to join a space): There are some easy ways to take advantage of the best that coworking has to offer without having to join a space, pay a dime, or really even leave the house that much.

3 questions to ask before launching a kickstarter campaign: Here’s a rundown of the top 3 questions to ask when launching your first Kickstarter project.

Why every project needs a creative brief: The next time you’re facing a complicated assignment and feeling unsure about where to begin, try starting with a creative brief.

40% of employers face talent shortage, hire freelancers to fill gaps: Is your job in high demand?

Bored? Don’t worry, it’s good for your creativity: As it turns out, boredom isn’t all bad!

Bare minimum skills to work for yourself in a creative field: To pursue your art as a creative professional, here are a few things you either need to learn quickly or be able to afford hiring out.

Allen Ginsberg on making art for art’s sake: The famous beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, would have turned 88 this week.

Life hacks for boosting creativity: Video games, the color green, and sleep deprivation improve creativity, according to a growing body of research:

A guide for young people: What to do with your life (Zen Habits): Don’t focus on the future. Focus on what you can do right now.

New Mutualism
Volunteering is good for your health, new study says: 78% of people say that volunteering helps lower their stress levels.

Quote of the week:

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do” - Bob Dylan

— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) June 4, 2014