Add your IOU to the World's Longest Invoice

Are you holding a suitcase full of IOU's? Tell us how much you're owed! “I sell my services, I make a small profit. With that I buy groceries. The grocer…


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5 lessons freelancers can learn from Stephen King

In Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, he encourages would-be best-selling novelists to adopt a daily writing habit. King himself writes 2,000 words each day. He tells reporters that…


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Hudson Mohawk calls Kanye West and Drake deadbeat clients on Twitter

Hudson Mohawke is a Scottish electronic music producer, disc jockey and songwriter. He’s also the latest freelancer stiffed by major talents to take his beef to the Twittersphere. In…


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Freelancers Union members shine at City Hall Hearing

New York City is famous for its hustle. Each day 8.4 million people get out and do what it takes to survive in the city that never sleeps, but…


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A new technology lets you get involved where it matters most

As the world becomes increasingly connected through the wonders of technology, it's often easier to feel closer to a stranger 3,000 miles away than one's own next door neighbor.…


The secret to beating winter blues

Last weekend, the city of New York was covered in a record-setting blanket of snow. Unlike the usual cycle of massive weather channel build-up, but little change to daily life,…


Advocacy

Tell your City Council Member #FreelanceIsntFree

7 out of 10 freelancers face client nonpayment at least once in their careers. For unpaid freelancers, client nonpayment can cost an average of $6000 annually. This is no drop…


Say thanks to the 16 NYC Council Members who support #FreelanceIsntFree

The two most powerful words in the English language just might be “thank you.” Despite the continued growth of the freelance workforce, we’ve largely been invisible in the eyes…


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10 ways to be a more connected freelancer in 2016

1. Become a SPARK co-leader Put growing your local network on the fast-track by becoming a SPARK co-leader! As a Spark leader, you can turbocharge your career through becoming a…


Glitz, glamour & unpaid bills: The nonpayment problem in film and television

Imagine you’re a director. That’s right – you’re surrounded by beautiful actors, talented filmmakers, and an entire crew ready to work for you. Sounds like a pretty sweet…


Why do only 28% of freelancers use a contract?

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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Seattle drivers move to organize

On Monday, December 14, Seattle City Council will vote on proposed legislation that gives on-demand drivers the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working conditions. This would be the…


Highlights from the #FreelanceIsntFree Rally

Yesterday at 12 p.m., City Council Members, labor leaders, and New York City freelancers gathered on the steps of City Hall to rally for the #FreelanceIsntFree bill. It was…


5 reasons why you can't afford to miss the #FreelanceIsntFree Rally

On Monday, December 7 at 12 p.m., freelancers across New York City will gather on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the introduction of the #FreelanceIsntFree bill. Here…


Huffington Post joins the union movement – but what about their freelancers?

After announcing a unionization movement in early October, an overwhelming majority of Huffington Post editorial staff have signed cards asking the American Writers Guild, East to represent their interests as…


What can you bring to the table?

Sometimes, as a freelancer, Thanksgiving can feel like a famine for one. We face limited access to benefits, no safety net, excessive taxation, client nonpayment, and unsteady income streams. It’…


4 ways freelancers are disrupting the on-demand economy

Last week the New School held a conference on Platform Cooperativism. Wha-what? If you’re not familiar, platform cooperativism is an innovative idea that turns the traditional Silicon Valley service…


Is the freelance economy a social tragedy?

Last week management guru Victor Lipman declared the death of the social contract. The era of pensions and long-term loyalty to a single company has ended. Today, even the majority…


Bright ideas for a cooperative internet

We’re so attached to our devices that at times it’s hard to remember that the always-on and always-connected world is relatively new. As more companies emerge offering ever-more…


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NYC Councilman Brad Lander shines a light on #FreelanceIsntFree

As freelancing becomes more ubiquitous, representatives at both the national and local levels have started to take note. Urban areas are the latest “test kitchens” for figuring out how to…