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Build your profile, build the movement

Freelancers Union is more than just 250,000 individual freelancers. It’s a movement. And now that movement is now more connected than ever. Our new and improved member profiles…


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Who’s counting freelancers? It’s all in the (missing) numbers

The freelance economy is massive – but still invisible. Did you know that “non-employer businesses” account for 75 percent of all U.S. businesses? What that means is people working for…


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How do you live & work? Take our survey!

The freelance movement isn’t only about how we work. It’s really about how we live. The shift to more flexible work for tens of millions of Americans is…


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Celebrate May Day: Learn from labor's past

Today is May Day -- or, as its known in the rest of the world, International Workers Day. If you see any news coverage of May Day at all today,…


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Moving from Consumption to Connection

How can you tell that the ideas of the Quiet Revolution and New Mutualism are taking off? When Maria Shriver's Shriver Report comes asking about it. Here's a transcript of…


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The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

There are moments that change everything. One hundred three years ago today was one of those moments. Just before 5 pm on March 25, 1911, a passerby saw smoke coming…


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Map the Quiet Revolution in Your City

The Quiet Revolution is rising up in every corner of this country -- our map proves it! Thanks to the submissions of our members, we now know hundreds of places…


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How do you pay taxes in the sharing economy? A live Q&A

People are piecing together their income in all kinds of ways we never would have thought possible even a few years ago. There are now freelance accountants who rent their…


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Quiet Revolutionaries Grow the Map

Yesterday, we rolled out our new interactive “How to be a Quiet Revolutionary” map. Honestly, we didn’t know what kind of response it would get. Members and other freelancers…


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The Quiet Revolution Is Here. Help Us Map It.

From coworking spaces to food co-ops to credit unions, we’re driving big change by making small choices about how we work, shop, and bank.


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Welcome to the Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution has started. The policymakers and corporate titans might not recognize it yet. But in small ways, you’re probably contributing to the Quiet Revolution already. It’s…


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Building the Road to Happiness

Freelancers are figuring out how to build a road to true happiness. That’s what I’m learning from the reaction to my recent piece in Fast Company. Happiness is…


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How to Make Laws that Actually Work for the New Economy

The rules for the new economy haven't been written yet. Well, they have...it's just that they were written 50+ years ago when the 9-to-5, 30-years-and-a-gold-watch career path was the…


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How to Build Your Love Bank

I wrote this piece for last September's issue of Computer Arts*_, but I was thinking about it again recently. This idea of a "Love Bank" is so important in becoming…


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Freelancers are Redefining Success

There’s something happening. I’ve been hearing it from members for years, but it’s getting louder. It’s freelancers changing the definition of “success.” For freelancers, success isn’…


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"Aligning Passion with Purpose" -- A conversation with Cheryl Dorsey of Echoing Green

I’ve known Cheryl Dorsey for years. As head of Echoing Green, she’s one of the most important leaders in the social enterprise movement -- and a real inspiration.…


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How freelancers are making "social good" happen

When you get a bunch of freelancers together in a room, it’s like looking straight into the future. At our Social Good Think Tank event last week at our…


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The 360 Freelancer

This is what it’s all about. This is the top of the Freelancers Pyramid of Self-Actualization. When you’re a 360 Freelancer, you’ve finally unlocked what is truly…


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How do we define true wealth? (And how do we get there?)

Economist and author Juliet Schor writes about the new economic realities we all face -- there are fewer jobs to go around, things are more expensive, and our economic model…