Advocacy

Share your story: Take action on behalf of the #FreelanceIsntFree Act

Nonpayment is so ubiquitous among freelancers that many of us just take it as par for the course for an independent worker. It's time to change that. We're looking for…


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Freelancing in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham is literally lighting up innovation-- their LED installation Birmingham Lights is taking requests from nonprofits and institutions to change the light colors in historic downtown train stations to bring…


Community

What's SPARK? Your guide to our monthly local event series

What’s a SPARK and is there free parking? SPARK launched a year and a half ago, igniting (if you will) entrepreneurs across the nation to come together and help…


Clients & Gigs

SPARK crowdsources the best strategies for growing your business

What does it mean to go to the next level in your business? For some, expanding, others working less. Everyone is different. #FreelanceSPARK— Steven A. Rodriguez (@steverodrigz) April 6,…


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Grow your business with a little help from your friends

Usually when business leaders talk about “growth” we assume they mean higher revenues. But higher revenues are usually the result of growth, rather than growth itself. Your job is to…


Freelancers let the good times roll at February's SPARK event!

Did you kick off 2016 with a pair of dollar signs gleaming in your eyes? So did we! We're committed to helping you make 2016 your most lucrative year in…


90% of sales are lost when you skip this one simple step

It's true: successful freelancers convert leads into clients by getting to know their prospects’ biggest issues, and proving themselves to be expert problem-solvers. But the real secret to netting new…


You're invited: Freelancing 101 Webinar with LEVO

Hey Freelance Nation! We're partnering with Levo for an awesome webinar on the ABC's of freelancing. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you just starting on your freelance…


Crowdsourcing the secrets to successful client relationships at SPARK!

On December 3, freelancers across the United States gathered to share their best strategies for cultivating successful client relationships! Freelancers Union SPARK events occur in 18 different cities and bring…


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Make your client relationships great

At SPARK on December 2, we will hone our communication strategies and learn to cultivate great relationships with our dream clients! Spoiler Alert: It's not about bending over backwards to…


How to build an inspired business

How do you feel when reciting your elevator pitch, or reading the “about” section on your website? (Hint: the answer should be “Inspired!”) Freelancers who have a strong understanding of…


Kill fees, copyrights, and more! Contract tips from #FreelanceSPARK

Contracts are essential to a healthy freelancer <---> client relationship, and yet so many of us skip this important step! On October 7, freelancers across the United States…


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Make your contract your best business ally

Your contract doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to include high-level legalese. At minimum, your contract should describe what you’ll do, what you’ll…


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A day in the life of a freelance fashion designer

Ágnes Mikke is a freelance fashion designer, in the earliest stages of starting her own brand. She loves freelancing because it allows her to follow her passion. Discover what a…


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Stories from the September SPARK event!

Crafting an “authentic brand story” might sound like marketing-speak, but for freelancers, it's a highly personal process that involves some real soul searching. On September 2nd, freelancers across the United…


A good story is your greatest sales pitch

When a potential client visits your website or Facebook page, they’re not looking to see if you’re the best, they’re looking to see if you’re the…


Summertime Networking: Party pics & more!

Typically, Spark asks freelancers to workshop answers to a particular question. “How can I market my business to a niche audience? How can I negotiate the rates I deserve? August…


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Be a leader in your freelance community

On the first Wednesday night of every month, freelancers get together to learn new skills, trade tips, and share ideas for their businesses. We call it Spark. So far, Spark…


Cheers! You're invited to happy hour with local freelancers!

Join Spark at a local watering hole near YOU this August 5 for a “Happy Hour Networking” event! Haven't heard of Spark? On the first Wednesday night of every month,…


A day in the life of a part-time ninja warrior

Freelancing allows Xavier Fan, to lead a superhero-style double life. Part Quickbase consultant, part stunts and improv actor, Xavier’s day is as action-packed as the ninja warrior commercial that…