Advocacy

Here's to the ones who dream

On the penultimate episode of GIRLS, Lena Dunham's (now pregnant) character, Hannah Horvath, faces a question most creatives confront at some point in their New York City careers: Is it…


Advocacy

Save the date: May 15 is only a month away!

Good news, freelancers: On Monday, May 15, the Freelance Isn't Free Act becomes law in New York City. We're psyched to have more protections for freelancers – and hope that with…


Advocacy

Questionable payment practices at Condé Nast cause alarm for New York City 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:…


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Etsy launches first-ever Congressional Microbusiness Caucus

Today Etsy launched the first-ever Microbusiness Caucus on Capitol Hill. With the release of their 2017 US Seller Census, Crafting the future of work: the Big Impact of Microbusiness, Etsy…


Advocacy

What freelancers need to know about the proposed health care law

On Monday, March 6, House Republicans released a legislation proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. For freelancers purchasing coverage on the individual market, changes to the healthcare system are…


Advocacy

Licensing and ownership: How do you protect your work?

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. It's been a…


Clients & Gigs

Introducing our free, easy-to-use contract building tool

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. A contract is…


Advocacy

Wolf in sheep's clothing: National Right to Work legislation threatens unions

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." - Matthew, 7:15 Do you live in a “Right to Work” state?…


Community

Affordable housing in NYC? It does exist

It’s no secret: Living in New York City is expensive. But there is a secret to finding safe, affordable, and comfortable housing: the City’s Affordable Housing Initiatives offers…


Clients & Gigs

Upwork releases report on fastest-growing freelance skills in the U.S.

Upwork's quarterly skills index for 2016 Q4 is out – and tech-savvy freelancers have reason to rejoice! User experience design has made the list three quarters straight, and the demand for…


Money & Taxes

Watch a replay of our retirement webinar with Honest Dollar

The folks at Honest Dollar really know what they're talking about when it comes to saving for retirement. As freelancers, prioritizing retirement saving is often difficult, but it's imperative that…


Advocacy

6 journalists, 2 freelancers, arrested at inauguration protests

Among those detained were 6 journalists – including freelancers Aaron Cantu and Matt Hopard.


Advocacy

How political activism cultivates hope and initiates change

500,000 people arrived in Washington D.C. to march on January 21. Across the world, hundreds of others Women’s Marches were planned in solidarity. Regardless of where one…


Advocacy

Do unions need to evolve to survive the next 4 years?

Since the 1980's, private sector unions have been on a steep decline: For every private-sector union member, there are five more workers who have no legal right to representation. In…


Advocacy

Freelancing and the next 4 years

Freelancing under the Trump presidency may mean more opportunities, but fewer protections. In his Fast Company article, freelance journalist Jared Lindzon cites the possibility that conservative policies favoring lower taxes,…


Money & Taxes

Finland becomes first European country to trial Basic Income system

After Switzerland passed on a motion for Universal Basic Income last year, Finland has taken the lead to become the first country in Europe to pilot paying citizens an unconditional…


Advocacy

Mayor de Blasio signs Freelance Isn't Free Act into Law

Yesterday, November 16, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City signed the Freelance Isn't Free Act into law. This starts the clock on a 180 day countdown until…


Health Advocacy

What to do about health care? The conversation on both sides of the aisle

Access to quality, affordable health insurance has always been a headline issue for independent workers. In our report, Freelancing in America 2016, we found that despite the Affordable Care Act’…


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5 ways NYC freelancers got the Freelance Isn't Free Act passed

For most of us, a new law is just something that appears one day – in the news, on a neighborhood notification board, or on your desk as just another form…


Advocacy

Freelance Isn't Free Act passes in NYC with 51 votes!

In a truly historic moment, New York City became the first city in the nation to protect freelance workers against client nonpayment today on October 27, 2016. This landmark victory…