Money & Taxes

A new retirement option for freelancers via Honest Dollar!

According to our 2016 Freelancing in America report, 41% of freelancers rank saving for retirement among their top concerns – and yet full-time freelancers are less likely to put money into…


Advocacy

55 million ways to leave your day job

The third annual Freelancing in America Report is out and, according to our data, the freelance workforce has grown to a staggering 55 million. That's 35% of the national workforce!…


Advocacy

5 reasons to support the Freelance Isn't Free Act (even if you've never been stiffed)

Freelancers Union members have been at the helm of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act since day one. We’ve had hundreds of people volunteer their stories, their time, and…


Advocacy

WeWork supports the Freelance Isn’t Free Act in New York City

WeWork, a platform for creators and the world’s largest coworking startup, announced its support of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. This landmark legislation would protect freelance workers against…


Advocacy

Sign the petition to pass the Freelance Isn't Free Act

We all know nonpayment and late payment can be huge problems for freelancers. That's why we've spent the last year pushing for first-of-its kind legislation which would protect New York…


Creativity

Scientists discover the antidote to writer's block

Ah, writer’s block. It befalls the best of us. Sometimes it can be as mild as fifteen minutes of banging your head against the desk, but it can also…


Community

Your guide to freelance living in Madison, WI

Freelancers in Madison, Wisconsin may spend most of the year under a blanket of snow, but that doesn’t make them sleepy… Quite the opposite, they’re making magic, spreading…


Advocacy

Hillary Clinton speaks out against deadbeat clients

In a briefing that went out on Thursday, July 7, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton committed to cracking down on big businesses that regularly stiff small businesses. Clinton asserts that late…


Advocacy

Is America over – or just beginning? How the new American Dream is shaping the way we live and work

“Is America over?” the folk singer Bill Callahan idly queried a small group of Brooklynites in an intimate concert venue. The crowd didn't seem to know. Wikipedia defines the American…


Advocacy

Y Combinator launches basic income project in Oakland, CA

The idea of a basic income, which would guarantee a base level of financial support for every person, seems like something born of the Myth of the Golden Age. Now,…


Health

The "no shame" formula for rising from failure

In freelancing, failure is a common denominator. We’ve even got a hashtag for it: #FreelanceFail. And, whether you’re a rookie freelancer or a seasoned solo careerist, failure is…


Advocacy

"Who pays influencers?" New site crowdsources the brands and agencies that actually pay

The social media influencer is one of the latest careers to find footing in the freelancing world. You might call these Instagram, SnapChat and YouTube stars "new souls" because their…


Advocacy

What the Uber agreement with the IAM means for NYC drivers

The International Association of Machinists and Uber announced a groundbreaking agreement today to bring needed supports to Uber drivers in New York City. The IAM is a trade union representing…


Does technology help or harm the creative process?

As an app-loading, tab-happy, pro-techno millennial, thoughtful technological consumption isn’t necessarily my MO. Like most city bound freelancers, I rely heavily on technology to get me around – whether it’…


Clients & Gigs

How to pitch freelance services to a small business

Small business week is here and with it a selection of think pieces on the state of America’s homegrown Mom & Pops. Content sites are serving up everything from…


Advocacy

Freelancers in the UK set up co-ops to share costs and services

Freelancing can be a precarious lifestyle, but as the freelance workforce grows, more and more groups are finding new ways to make the life of an independent worker a little…


Health

Bag the bag: New York's most iconic eyesore gets its day in court

A black plastic bag wanders lonely as a cloud over the Harlem rooftops. “Is there anything more New York than that?” my friend says from our perch atop his apartment…


Creativity

5 reasons to read poetry (even if you hate it)

Does poetry matter? Well, no. Food matters. Shelter matters. Also... water. But would we want to live in a world without poetry? Probably not. Even if you actively loathe poetry…


Advocacy

Models call for labor protections in California

That pretty picture in your favorite fashion magazine might have a pretty ugly backstory. In a riveting op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Model Alliance Founder Sara Ziff peels back…


Creativity Health

April is the cruelest month: 6 ways to spark inspiration in spring

T.S. Eliot was on to something when he declared April the cruelest month. Here in the Northeast, the months of March, April and even May toggle between bursts of…