Advocacy

Calling NYC lawyers: Can you help us build a legal referral service?

We want to talk to lawyers in the NYC area about a legal referral service for freelancers. Specifically, we want to help freelancers with nonpayment claims when the Freelance Isn't…


Advocacy

Owed over 130k for services, one freelancer heads to court

In many ways, May 2014 was an exciting month for my career. I was working full-time with Estee Lauder and juggling a full-time freelancing role with a promising fashion company…


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…


Health Advocacy

Exorbitant health insurance rate increases a cause for concern among freelancers

Even though it seems like Open Enrollment just ended, insurance companies are already thinking about 2017 – and you should too. A lot of preparation goes into setting rates and developing…


Health

Do you need liability insurance for your business?

Liability insurance may not be top-of-mind while you’re trying to launch a freelance career, but it’s essential protection for your business that should not be overlooked. In a…


Money & Taxes

First-time freelancers guide to taxes

Managing your taxes as a first-time freelancer is a daunting task, but it does get easier! At the highest level, there are 3 key strategic moves for lightening the tax…


Latest

This freelancer went undercover to get the scoop on a serial deadbeat client

This post is part of a series of freelancer stories about waiting to get paid -- or never getting paid at all. 71% of freelancers get stiffed by deadbeat clients…


Money & Taxes Latest

Healthy Tax Habits Checklist

Healthy tax habits aren’t just for Uncle Sam. Keeping track of your finances enables you to make objective decisions about your business and stay ahead of the game! And,…


Advocacy Latest

Join us for a #FreelanceIsntFree Strategy Session!

Check your West Wing trivia at the door – making real change means thinking outside the small, talking box! Join City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Sara Horowitz on…


Latest Member Stories

This freelancer shared her nonpayment story with the City of New York

This post is part of a series of freelancer stories about waiting to get paid -- or never getting paid at all. Presently 71% of freelancers get stiffed by deadbeat…


Advocacy Latest

Take the Members' Survey and be entered to win a $250 gift card

At Freelancers Union, the union is you. We evolve and change to support your needs as an independent worker – and we can only do that when we hear from you.…


Advocacy Latest

For the first time ever, NYC invites freelancers to speak about nonpayment

The City of New York invites freelancers to City Hall to speak about the importance of stronger protections for the freelance workforce. Join us on February 29, 1:00 p.…


Latest

No good deed goes unpunished – how one freelancer lost $1050 from a deadbeat client

This post is part of a series of freelancer stories about waiting to get paid -- or never getting paid at all. Presently 71% of freelancers get stiffed by deadbeat…


Money & Taxes

NYC freelancers! You're Invited: Protect Yourself Against Nonpayment Workshop

Dealing with a deadbeat client? Worried your contract terms don't protect you enough against nonpayment? Wondering how to get non-paying and late paying clients to pony up? You're not alone.…


15 retirement tips for freelancers

This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a…


Latest

This freelancer spotted his work on a subway ad... but was never paid for it

This post is part of a series of freelancer stories about waiting to get paid -- or never getting paid. Presently 71% of freelancers have trouble getting paid by their…


Client can't get his act together? It almost cost this freelancer $7000

This post is part of a series of freelancer stories about waiting to get paid -- or never getting paid. Presently 71% of freelancers have trouble getting paid by their…


Advocacy

New York City moves to support freelancers

Hey Freelance Nation, wouldn’t it be nice to feel like the law is on your side? On Monday, December 7, we introduced the #FreelanceIsntFree Bill to New York City…


Thriving in the gig economy: A panel on the freelance workforce

The freelance workforce is anything but one-size-fits-all. We span different industries, age groups, socio-economic backgrounds, and levels of expertise. Occasionally, this can make it difficult to explain what we're talkng…


Member Stories

"He said his big investor was delayed" – how one freelancer got stiffed out of $2500

This post is part of a series of freelancer stories about waiting to get paid -- or never getting paid. Presently 71% of freelancers have trouble getting paid by their…