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The Era of Big Work is Over

The economy is changing. It’s in the way we’re spending our money, the way we’re working, the gigs we’re taking, and the values by which we’…


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Teachers, students, authors, and parents: Our members say #ThanksForTheSpark

Had it not been for a few very special people, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. People like Bayard Rustin, Sidney Hillman, and Frances Perkins inspired me…


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#ThanksfortheSpark: The real force behind the New Deal

We all want to make positive change in our communities -- and as we’ve seen, thousands of freelancers across the country are making change happen. But I often wonder…


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#ThanksForTheSpark: Lessons I learned from a civil rights leader

When I was in 5th grade, Bayard Rustin -- the famous civil-rights leader -- came and spoke to my class at the Brooklyn Friends school. He’s been a role…


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#ThanksForTheSpark: Who inspired you to follow your passion?

When I was a kid, the name Sidney Hillman was like magic in my home. As a three-generation labor family, Hillman -- the head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of…


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The Keystones of our movement

Every movement starts with a vanguard. In the early years after Freelancers Union began in 1995, there was a cadre of freelancers who were forging a path for all the…


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After Hours: Bringing freelancers together, face-to-face

Share stories. Trade gigs. Discuss issues. Find common answers. Freelancers know they can do big things when they come together. That’s why we’re proud to announce the launch…


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Americans are overworked but aren't taking time off. What gives?

The American economy is experiencing a sea change -- and if you’re still working in the old economy, you know more than anyone that something’s gotta give. Let…


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How do freelancers take vacations? Like this.

We all deserve a break -- even if we don’t get a traditional paid vacation. The ability to take time off isn’t just about margaritas and sun tans.…


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94% of Millennials want to use their skills for good

If you need a forecast about the future of work, Millennials -- possibly the most studied, surveyed, and psychoanalyzed generation ever -- outline a clean trajectory. As you might expect,…


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What freelancers can learn from “Magic Schlepping Circles"

As a Jew from Brooklyn, it’s not unusual to see how the Orthodox Jewish community defines itself and their rituals in a ways that are clear yet surprising. For…


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Our Goal: Meaningful Independence

Last week, I had the honor of being on the opening panel of the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference in Denver -- alongside none other than the freelancer in-chief himself,…


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“A real moment of obligation”: lessons from an urban farmer and serial entrepreneur

Photo courtesy of NYCHA. Farming, fundraising, teaching, program development – Ian Marvy does it all. He’s been at the forefront of a DIO New Mutualist community right in the middle…


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1,000+ freelancers on how to live the freelance life

Back when I started Freelancers Union in 1995, there was a common refrain I heard from members: “There’s no manual for freelancing. We’re all making it up as…


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The benefits we need for the lives we want

At our core, Freelancers Union helps people lead more meaningful, sustainable lives. That’s why today we’re launching our new National Benefits Platform. The National Benefits Platform will enable…


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What thousands of freelancers just taught us

What does the freelancers movement really look like? Now we know. Just a few weeks ago we launched our searchable new profile network – and the results have been stunning. Our…


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Independents United: New Workforce by the Numbers

Anyone who’s paying attention knows the freelance workforce is surging. The business world sure knows. New markets and products targeting freelancers are popping up everywhere -- gig sites like…


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Are you ready for tomorrow’s economy?

New kinds of economic relationships are popping up everywhere. Are you ready for them? I’ve been talking to a wide range of experts about what tomorrow’s economy means…


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How to be a 21st century social entrepreneur

Freelancers are some of the smartest entrepreneurs in America. But what makes entrepreneurship social, especially at a time when everyone seems to be striking out on their own? Two great…


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Why fans (not moguls) should own sports

Photo by Alex Voerman. Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, is buying the L.A. Clippers for a cool $2 billion. A tech billionaire buying the team is no…