Clients & Gigs

5 tips for transitioning from moonlighting to full-time freelancing

Most freelancers start moonlighting while working a 9-to-5 gig. Over time, they build the contacts, confidence, and cash reserves they need to step out and go 100% solo. But for…


Clients & Gigs

How to build a great reputation as a freelancer

Freelancers often want to know the best way to get more work. Often the answer you'll get is: Referrals. Over time, developer and Freelance Union member Xavier Fan has built…


Clients & Gigs

How to start your own solo law practice

Need help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life. Protect your work:…


Fun

Fave your five: Connect with fellow freelancers!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fave Your Five Contest! After a week of searching, Tanya Gold of Cambride, Massachussets is the official Freelancers Union member who gets…


Money & Taxes

3 questions to ask before launching a Kickstarter campaign

For freelancers and entrepreneurs in need of funding, Kickstarter is a popular way to raise money! The website allows entrepreneurs to crowdfund for creative projects like first-time novels, independent films,…


Fun

Great Freelancers of History Treasure Hunt

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Great Freelancers of History Treasure Hunt! Finding all of our great freelancers of history was no easy measure, but this treasure hunt…


Money & Taxes

What every freelancer needs to know about contracts (wrap-up!)

Need help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life. Protect your work:…


Clients & Gigs

How to turn your customers and clients into loyal followers

What is true luxury? Andy Hayes, a creative entrepreneur and founder of Plum Deluxe, has built a loyal, engaged community founded on the simple belief that true luxury is “a…


Advocacy

4 Tips for maintaining a successful partnership

Just because you’re independent doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Cassius and Jordana Wright are unique individual achievers, but together their expertise is unstoppable. The husband…


Clients & Gigs

5 important legal resources for freelancers

Need help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life. Protect your work:…


Creativity

3 Steps to craft fair success

Who doesn’t love a good craft fair? Across the country, independent crafty businesses are flourishing. While online marketplaces get all the press, nothing beats meeting and mingling with artists…


Advocacy

3 ways to strengthen your connections

Sometimes successful collaboration needs a little inspiration. It can come in the form of a new process or strategy...or as an inspiring non-profit professional named Ryan Schwartz. As a…


Creativity

How to refuel with creative routines: A freelance writer's daily practice

Freelancers tend to have rituals to get them through the day. Whether it's listening to Elton John on repeat (Tiny Dancer, anyone?) or drinking a soy mocha latte at 8am,…


Advocacy

Bartering for beef: 3 tips for swapping goods and services

Bartering for delicious grass-fed beef or homemade soap can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Just ask Dylan Benito. The Portland native and charismatic freelancer has a penchant for…


Clients & Gigs

6 Steps for building a loyal following

Self–promotion is a requirement for freelancers. Whether it's your start-up, clothing line or self-published book, you need to get the word out there! Admittedly, sometimes brazenly promoting yourself can…


Creativity

5 Goal-setting tips for creatives and creators

Creative freelancers live in the tension between lofty visions and daily to-do lists. According to Allie Rice, Portland-based intentionality coach and author, the only way to resolve these tensions and…


Clients & Gigs

10 Great apps for busy freelancers: accounting, contracts, etc.

Here's a list of 10 tools/apps to support your life as an fantastic freelancer.


Creativity

Creative storytelling: 6 lessons from a puppet master

A freelance career filled with homemade puppets and a hint of pragmatism can lead to extraordinary results. Artist Ora Fruchter is proof. The Brooklyn-based performer uses puppetry and music to…