Clean Slate with Clients for the New Year

Getting that outstanding invoice paid, thanking a favorite client, vowing to do your homework on new companies that offer you work – these are some good resolutions for freelancers wanting to…


Scary Bad Clients

It’s almost Halloween, time to sit in the dark and tell your worst client horror stories. Use Client Scorecard to rate clients who were major witches or ogres, and…


Bartering for Health Care

Is it just me, or have you noticed more programs where you can barter art or manual labor in exchange for health care or dental work? I first read about…


Court Rejects Settlement for Freelance Writers

In 2005, freelance writers won a settlement for copyright infringements from unauthorized electronic reproduction of their works, but this week, a federal Court of Appeals rejected the settlement, finding that…


Tips for Working from Home

Do you work from home? Through the Freelancers Union Annual Independent Survey (2011), we found that 13% of independent workers spent 100% of their time working from home, with an…


Balancing Multiple Jobs?

It isn’t news to a lot of independent workers that Americans are increasingly holding down two and even three jobs, but we sure are glad that others are realizing…


Are Career Prospects Finally Brighter for Young Graduates?

While some stats show that job hiring for recent college grads is looking brighter, the truth is a little more complicated. Even though 19.3 percent more graduates are expected…


The Latest on the Freelancer Payment Protection Act (and a Bit of Civics 101)

This week, we came many steps closer to passing the Freelancer Payment Protection Act (A6698/S4129) in New York State. On Monday, June 20, the last scheduled day of the…


DIY - Discount & $1000 Grant Opportunity

The DIY Business Association—a new organization that educates and connects freelancers, artists, and creative small businesses—kicks off with its first event on June 26 at DUMBO Loft and…


Update on Freelancer Payment Protection Act

Our Freelancer Payment Protection Act is on the move!  In the Assembly, the bill has passed through the Labor Committee and Codes Committee and now rests in the Ways and…


Four Things You Should Know About the Freelancer Payment Protection Act

1. What is the Freelancer Payment Protection Act? The Freelancer Payment Protection Act is legislation introduced in New York State to help independent contractors collect compensation from their nonpaying clients.…


Save $50 off the Creative Freelancer Conference

Pack your bags and head to Chicago for the Creative Freelancer Conference, the only business conference for creative solopreneurs. Scheduled for June 23-24, this one-of-a-kind event sponsored by HOW magazine…


New tool lets freelancers rate clients and companies

Clients: can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em! Over the years, freelancers have been sharing the challenges that they face in working with clients (a big problem…


Launch of new political club

There's a new political club in Queens called the Community Empowerment Democratic Association (CEDA), which aims to proactively tackle the issues facing the local community and the country through political…


Cool or corporate coworking?

Where do you do your work: home, a café, the park? Ever think about doing any of your work at a coworking space? A recent New York Post article, “Space…


Happy Small Business Week!

Are you a small business owner (sole proprietors count)? Well, it’s time to celebrate you! May 16-20 is National Small Business Week, which has been celebrated for nearly fifty…


Carving Out Your Niche - and Cashing In

I say “nitch”; you might say “neesh”. Either way, one thing that would-be entrepreneurs need to focus on is either taking advantage of the niche opportunities available or carving out…


What’s Age Got to Do with It?

It’s been difficult these days for workers of all ages to find work, but older workers have faced particular challenges, according to this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek. More than…


Austin is #1!

Forget hearting NYC (sorry!); apparently Austin is the number one city in the U.S. for creating and developing small businesses, according to the Austin Business Journal. Over the past…


Senate Votes to Repeal 1099 Provision, Saves Freelancers Big Headaches

Last week, we were eagerly awaiting news on the status of new tax reporting requirements, and we’re happy to report that the U.S. Senate just voted to repeal…