Creativity

Walking is good for your brain, study says

In a world of increasing distractions, it can be a challenge to maintain your creativity. But sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can get our brains back on track.…


Creativity

Need a creative jolt? Put yourself in someone else's shoes

Last week I wrote about how volunteering and helping others is good for your health. Well, as it turns out, even just thinking about others can increase your creativity! The…


Advocacy

Think urban hipsters are the only ones consuming less? Think again

Photo by Jack Newton Think young urban hipsters are the only ones consuming less and sharing more? Think again. In a recent post, Fast Company pointed to a new global…


Clients & Gigs

YouTube is about to make it easier for you to make money

Have you ever watched a viral YouTube video and thought to yourself, “I could make that”? Well, the YouTube gods have spoken! If you have dreams of becoming a YouTube…


Clients & Gigs

Why we hate work, fun with GIFs, Allen Ginsberg, and more!

Did you know that Ghostbusters came out 30 years ago this week? I’d be lying if I didn’t say that makes me feel very, very old. You know…


Creativity

Bored? Don't worry, it's good for your creativity

Photo by Jae "I loafe and invite my soul." - Walt Whitman When was the last time you were bored? Really bored, I mean. Personally, since having a smartphone, I’…


Advocacy

Volunteering is good for your health, new study says

A new study by the UnitedHealth Group, the Optimum Institute, and Mashable has found a link between volunteering and better physical, mental, and emotional health.


Creativity

Allen Ginsberg on making art for art's sake

Allen Ginsberg once said that in order to “gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” Lucky for us, he listened to his own advice. In…


Clients & Gigs

Hot jobs, portfolio wizardry, and more that you may have missed this week

You wouldn’t have made it this far as a freelancer if your grammar and spelling skills weren’t extra sharp. So can you spell “feuilleton”? Well, there were two…


Creativity

24 pro tips from a freelance power couple

Independence doesn’t have to be isolating. Yesterday we spoke with two freelancers who have found a way to make their independent lives work together. Cassius and Jordana Wright have…


Advocacy

The United States: One of the best or worst countries for workers?

If you had to guess, where do you think the United States would rank in a list of the world’s worst countries for workers? Last week, The International Trade…


Clients & Gigs

Freelancers Union weekly wrap-up (5/19-5/23)

As multi-talented freelancers, I’m sure you all appreciated Will Ferrell’s expedition into the unknown this week: the drum battle. Seriously, did you see that drum battle!? Who knew…


Money & Taxes

Following cyber attack, eBay urges all users to change passwords

This morning it was announced that eBay, the popular online marketplace, has experienced a security breach. In an official statement, the site urged all users to change their eBay account…


Creativity

"Worship your intellect...you will end up feeling stupid", and other advice from David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech

This month, thousands of students will take their diplomas and leave their graduation ceremonies with one question: “What’s next?” But it’s not just graduates that are asking this…


Clients & Gigs

Freelancers Union weekly wrap-up (5/12-5/16)

First, Solange attacked Jay-Z...and then a cat saved a small child. With all of this happening in the world, you may have missed all of the important information in…


Creativity

What do Microsoft, Coldplay, David Lynch, U2, and Nokia have in common?

Do you ever think about how many different artists and creatives impact our lives on a daily basis? Think about the songs we hear on the radio, the jingles that…


Advocacy

Quiet Revolution Map: Goods & Services

From coast to coast, freelancers are revolting against corporate culture by purchasing goods & services from local, community-driven, independent businesses. As Sara Horowitz pointed out, “We’ve stopped looking for…


Clients & Gigs

Great reads for the weekend: This week in freelance-land (5/11/14)

Happy Mother’s Day, Freelancers! This week, in the leadup to Mother’s Day, we saw a lot in the news about net neutrality, Apple’s acquisition of Beats by…


Clients & Gigs

What I wish I knew about the freelance life

This past weekend, we asked our members a simple question: If you could tell your 18-year-old self one thing about the freelance life, what would it be? As you can…


Fun

Everything you need to know about freelancing (for the price of a cup of coffee)

You may have noticed that we talk about a certain book a lot. That's because this particular book is a virtual goldmine of glittering nuggets of freelance wisdom that has…