Creativity

Making time for relaxation (even when you're overworked)

Finding time for relaxation when you’re juggling multiple freelance projects or staring down the barrel of a deadline may seem like a fool’s errand (“A MOVIE? YOU THINK…


Community Money & Taxes

Cash flow hack: Get a library card

“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.” -- former First Lady Laura Bush I’ve had a library card since first grade (first…


Health Community

Sir Free-Lancelot: How to be a hero for your children and your clients

Today dads as primary caregivers are still a rare breed, and it’s not due to their unwillingness to spend more time with their kids. In fact, about 50% of…


Advocacy

5 reasons to support the Freelance Isn't Free Act (even if you've never been stiffed)

Freelancers Union members have been at the helm of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act since day one. We’ve had hundreds of people volunteer their stories, their time, and…


Fun

10 signs you're multitasking way too much

The glow from the number of active screens in your home means you neglect to notice you haven't bought a lightbulb since 2014. You find you're unable to brush more…


Advocacy

Share your story: Take action on behalf of the #FreelanceIsntFree Act

Nonpayment is so ubiquitous among freelancers that many of us just take it as par for the course for an independent worker. It's time to change that. We're looking for…


Money & Taxes Community

Estimated Taxes on autopilot or not even airborne? Take control before September 15

The next estimated tax deadline is coming up in short order on September 15. If you’re one of the many freelancers who tend to put estimated tax payments on…


Advocacy

WeWork supports the Freelance Isn’t Free Act in New York City

WeWork, a platform for creators and the world’s largest coworking startup, announced its support of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. This landmark legislation would protect freelance workers against…


Creativity Community

Confessions of a former procrastinator: 10 tips for becoming a Time Management Master

Ever agonized over how successful people just seem to get more done in a day? How to they do it all!? Here's the secret: It’s not just about getting…


Clients & Gigs

Freelancers & Entrepreneurs: where the two paths intersect and how they differ

If you’ve read other tips for freelancers, one of the things that gets repeated often is “consider yourself a small business.” The idea is to treat all your freelance…


Community Fun

Freelancing in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham is literally lighting up innovation-- their LED installation Birmingham Lights is taking requests from nonprofits and institutions to change the light colors in historic downtown train stations to bring…


Advocacy

Can you be a working parent and be happy?

It’s no secret that balancing work and parenting is a challenge, and that goes double for freelancers. We typically don’t have sick days or vacation time to use…


Clients & Gigs

Is this shady? What to do when you're facing a moral quandary at work

We all face uncomfortable moral quandaries every day: Should we tell the Dunkin Donuts guy he gave us back a five instead of a single, or should we go around…


Advocacy

A deadbeat client bankrupts a project and stiffs over 100 workers

It’s like Dateline for the day-time, except now it’s become the stuff of nightmares. A gig for a TV show has nearly, if not completely, bankrupted myself, a…


Clients & Gigs

How to break into freelance journalism

As a rising junior in college, I am constantly reminded that the clock is ticking and soon I will have to find my footing in the work world. I love…


Clients & Gigs

5 tips for mastering Twitter chats

It’s no longer a secret that Twitter chats can be a great tool in one’s marketing strategy. Essentially, a Twitter chat is an online networking event that you…


Clients & Gigs

5 ways to avoid working with clients who don't pay

We all know the freelance life is, shall we say, a little hectic. You have to be your own business development manager, your own editor for your blog AND your…


Advocacy

How one freelancer's invoice snowballed into an $80,000 unpaid bill

In 2011, I started doing video projects for a company called Sierra Circuits, they make prototype circuit boards for electronics hardware makers. This is a relatively successful small business, they…


Advocacy

Sign the petition to pass the Freelance Isn't Free Act

We all know nonpayment and late payment can be huge problems for freelancers. That's why we've spent the last year pushing for first-of-its kind legislation which would protect New York…