The future of freelancing looks bright

One of the insights that I’ve gained working with the freelance community is that freelancers rarely agree. We’re an independent, diverse and opinionated bunch – and we aren’t…


Millennials take over #FreelanceNation

43% of freelance workers are Millennials, and, in a population of almost 54 million freelancers, that’s a lot. Why are Millennials so drawn to the freelance lifestyle? For starters,…


Will freelancers swing the next election?

The 2016 presidential campaign is still over a year away, but the race to the finish is already hot. Candidates on both sides of the ticket vie for media attention…


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We spoke. President Obama listened.

“I am a bookseller, and thus a self-employed small business owner. Right now, non-payment from clients is a huge issue for small business owners and freelancers. We are now 1/…


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What does "wealth" mean to you?

Perhaps one of the most heartening data points from the Freelancing in America 2015 report is that, among independent workers who left traditional employment for freelancing, the majority (60%) actually…


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What the State of Freelancing in the U.S. Means for the Future of Work

Following the release of the Freelancing in America 2015 report, our founder Sara Horowitz shares her perspective on this year’s findings in Fast Company. She highlights three major takeaways…


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When did you decide to start freelancing?

It wasn’t so long ago that “going freelance” was code for “totally just got laid off and have to pay the bills somehow.” Now, however, the scales have tipped:…


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Nonpayment is theft. How far are you willing to let it go?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared a number of member stories around the issue of nonpayment in support of the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign. These stories have generated countless conversations…


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The #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign takes a ride on New York City’s subway

The freelance movement has officially emerged from the underground. To reflect this galvanizing shift from marginalized to mainstream, we blanketed New York City subway cars with #FreelanceIsntFree campaign ads influenced…


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Sara Horowitz named to Politico's 50

Each year, Politico Magazine profiles 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.” This year, Politico named Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union founder and Executive Director, among a host…


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Are you ready to step off the assembly line?

“One man draws out the wire, another straights it, a third cuts it, a fourth points it, a fifth grinds it at the top for receiving the head.” - Adam…


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How community leadership can benefit you

As an entrepreneur, you are, by definition, a leader. You have a rare talent for making your vision a reality through strategic planning and creative problem solving. Got a minute?…


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#FreelanceNation goes global

You might have missed it, but an exciting event took place on the Freelancers Union website recently. With a flick of an programmer’s wrist, we went from an organization…


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Transform anger into creativity in 3 steps

OK, OK, we know that the optimal emotional state for creativity is relaxed and happy, but we can’t be blissed out all the time! So, how do we harness…


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Is 2016 the year of the "Uber Election"?

We’re on the cusp of the 2016 election and the media has already given a name to the fray: The Uber Election. OK, a car service isn’t exactly…


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5 strategies to beat freelance anxiety

Freelancing can be heavy on the nervous system. Sometimes it feels like I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders: Will my business succeed? Will I be able…


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Tune your A.C. for maximum productivity

Peak July heat has officially arrived in the United States. Is your AC cranking? Unfortunately, air conditioning is a double-edged sword. Not only does it use tons of electricity, but…


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NASA blasts off into the freelance economy!

47 years ago the first man landed on the moon, a week ago the New Horizons interplanetary space probe finished its 10 year journey to Pluto, and today freelancers are…


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Creatively blocked? Blame the deadline

While the NPA (National Procrastinator’s Association) may protest, it seems that deadlines do not, in fact, trigger last-minute creative epiphanies. Neuroscientist John Kounious asserts that deadlines motivate productivity, while…


What to do when your business is failing

We all go through ups and downs in business, but what to do when your business is actually failing? Though increasingly less taboo, a failing business can be a huge…