(Tolkien didn't actually say that...as far as we know.)

The World Cup has begun!

Not a soccer fan? No worries. Since everyone will be gathered around the TV this weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity for you to catch up on all things freelance!

Also, be sure to take 5 minutes to create a profile and fave a few people before Sunday at midnight! The winner will receive a free session with a freelance career coach!

Clients & Gigs
5 tips for writing an un-sucky bio and About me page: Creating an About page on your website will help potential clients get to know you and feel more confident about your capabilities, even before you’ve chatted.

What’s the best country in the world for women entrepreneurs?: Interested to see how your country stacked up?

Unusual ways to make more money freelancing: Looking for some extra income? Check this out!

What’s your not-getting-paid story?: Think you’re the only one that’s had a run-in with a deadbeat client? Think again.

How to be your own HR manager: You are the creative engine, the accountant, and the marketing manager all rolled into one.

How one freelancer turned her hobby into a book deal: Interested in parlaying a blog into a book deal? Look no further.

YouTube is about to make it easier for you to make money: Have you ever watched a viral YouTube video and thought to yourself, “I could make that”?

Creativity
Are you happier when you’re creating?: Have you ever been so deep into a creative project that the rest of the world falls away?

Why multitasking is terrible for your business: Here’s why you should put “focused do-er” rather than “multitasker” on your resume.

Walking is good for your brain, study says: Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can get our brains back on track.

6 awesome mugs to get you through the next gig: Behind every freelancer is a great mug.

Need a creative jolt? Put yourself in someone else’s shoes: It turns out that being others-focused yields more creative results.

How I survive without coffee: Who knew that living without coffee was even possible! Did you?

New Mutualism
Why fans (not moguls) should own sports: Did you know that many sports franchises around the world are co-operatively by their fans?

Think urban hipsters are the only ones consuming less? Think again: It’s not just the hipsters. It’s everywhere!

Quote of the week:

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" - J. R. R. Tolkien

— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) June 7, 2014