Creativity

Portfolios 101: what you need to know to get started

You’ve seen plenty from us about resumes and cover letters and the importance of each. Now we’re going to tackle the big bad unknown of most freelancers’ toolkits—…


Creativity

Post your portfolio, website, or resume for critique

Hey freelancers! Finished putting together the latest version of your website and want someone to test out the UX? Just updated your portfolio and need a fresh pair of eyes?…


Money & Taxes

So you're thinking about not paying your taxes...

So, tax season is upon us. You’re looking at all your receipts from this year and want to disappear under a pile of invoices… and you’re wondering if…


Health

Don't worry, be happy

This super-useful chart shows you exactly when to worry. What’s that, you say? There’s no option marked “Yes, START WORRYING IMMEDIATELY” and that distresses you? No, there isn’…


Creativity

10 great books for creative entrepreneurs

You wake up, stretch, and… immediately start thinking about making something, because you’re in the business of making things. And wow, you love what you do, but being creative…


Advocacy

9 reasons to join Hives

Have you joined Hives yet? It’s our brand new, super exciting social platform just for freelancers. Want to know what you’ll find? Here are 9 reasons why you…


Money & Taxes

16 smarter purchase decisions for 2015

Sometimes it’s scary to just decide that you’re going to start saving—so many variables! So many things to keep track of! How do you begin to cut…


Fun

What's the craziest thing a client has ever said to you?

Sometimes, clients take the term “freelancer” a little too… freely. Like: “This is a huge project, but we pay in exposure!” Or: “We’re looking for funding, so we can’…


Clients & Gigs

Freelancers, how do you calculate your rates?

Recently, I tried to take a crack at calculating my freelance rate. Most of my experience has been by project, not hourly rates. I’m not even sure what freelancing…


Creativity

10 great NYC museums you didn't know were free

Pssst… you know that the Met is secretly free, right? Well, it’s pay-what-you-will, with a suggested donation of $20, and it’s always best to give back to the…


Advocacy Creativity

How one freelancer is building community in a big way

For the past 3 months, we’ve been co-designing and building an online community for our members, by our members. It’s called Hives, and in each Hive you’ll…


Clients & Gigs Money & Taxes

How to fail proof your business for 2015

It’s 2015 and you’re looking for a fresh start—or better yet, how to best maintain the business you’ve got. You want to maximize the growth of…


Health

How to not fail at your New Year's Resolutions, according to science

It’s not necessarily about what you resolve to do, but how you go about doing it. A recent study from finder.com.au shows that sharing your resolutions with…


Clients & Gigs

What do you wish you'd known when you started freelancing?

When I first started out freelancing, I had no idea how a contract worked, or if I’d even need one. I was so excited about getting my pitches accepted…


Clients & Gigs

The art of the cover letter

Everyone knows a resume is important — it’s supposed to be the perfect snapshot of your work history, positioning you as an ideal candidate for that next gig. But what…


Clients & Gigs

Contracts: what you need to know to get started

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

Do-it-yourself holiday decorations for freelancers on a budget

There’s something really special about taking the time to decorate for the holidays — a garland, a wreath, some perfect paper snowflakes or paper stars. And what is it about…


Health

Smiling with teeth makes you appear more competent, says science

You know your smile is important. But do you know just how important it is? According to a study of profile photos, people who smiled showing their teeth were perceived…


Clients & Gigs

How to thank your clients and get more business

It’s the end of the year and you’re taking the time to reflect on your accomplishments: all the projects you pulled through, all the gigs you landed, and…


Fun

A freelancers' gift guide

Tis the season for gift-giving and joy! Do you have a freelancer in your life you want to show some love? Looking for a treat to give to yourself or…