Money & Taxes Community

3 legal issues freelancers can't afford to ignore

When I first moved to California from Florida, without a job, I would tell people I was a “freelancer.” When they asked “in what?” I would tell them I freelanced…


Clients & Gigs Community

10 ingenious ways for freelancers to find work using social media

In an era where technology plays a pivotal role, finding work through social media platforms has never been easier – and harder at the same time. It’s easier because there…


Clients & Gigs Community

9 questions to ask before you build your business

Identifying your market – meaning the pool of potential clients to whom you will sell your products – is an important first-step for freelancers of all industries. You don’t want to…


Money & Taxes Community

The second-best time to invest for retirement is now

You’re having drinks with a friend after an opening, and the topic turns to money. Life is expensive, the city is expensive, and the distant menace of retirement? Forget…


Clients & Gigs Community

The marketing 4-step, or how to cultivate a sense of completion

“It smells like burning metal.” I haven’t done any research, but I’m pretty sure that this statement is not among the top three things you’d hope to…


Creativity Community

How intuition and synchronicity can revolutionize your business

Working for yourself involves making pivotal decisions all the time. Should you launch a business? Do you need a lawyer or CPA? Who’s your ideal client? Is this or…


Clients & Gigs Community

Are you an employee or an independent contractor?

Need help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life. Protect your work:…


Health Community

How to be kind to yourself as a freelancer when times get tough

As a long-time consultant, I’ve learned a lot of lessons such as: Hire an accountant. Set up a designated office space, if you work at home. Working in your…


Creativity Community

4 reasons why you should communicate more visually

We’ve all passed these around a meeting table: Long reports and internal documents stuffed with stock phrases, numbers, percentages, lines of reasoning and disclaimers. Even thinking about it is…


Clients & Gigs Community

10 things to make clear in a new client relationship

So, you found a new client? All those hours spent networking and exchanging business cards finally brought a high potential project with good revenue opportunities? Congratulations! ...Oh wait, not yet!…


Fun Community

The 5 'F's' of freelancing

Working on your own is a lot of things to a lot of people. And yes, there are definitely days that make you want to just drop a 10 dollar…


Clients & Gigs Community

Are you smarter than a golden retriever?

I guess I’m really not sure how smart our dog Abbie is. I mean, of course I’d like to believe she’s the canine Einstein (a great name…


Clients & Gigs Community

5 steps that took me from hating my life to building a 7-figure dream business

What’s your attitude to your life right now? Are you living the life you want to live, or the life you have to live? I was 30 years old…


Creativity Community

5 common writers' blocks and how to get around them

Every writer knows the story: You’re on an incredibly tight deadline but you cannot move forward on your piece because you have writer’s block. The stress is getting…


Creativity Community

6 reasons blogging is worth the commitment

Are you still not sold on the value of blogging as a business development tool? Blogging is an extremely effective way of getting your message out to your customers and…


Money & Taxes Community

How much should you budget for taxes?

Budgeting for tax season can be the difference of an incredibly stressful tax season vs using your refund to take some time off and travel. Unfortunately, most of us tend…


Creativity Community

5 ways to process failure and emerge undaunted

At the beginning of 2015, I was invited to raise money and awareness for communities I'm passionate about - those who are homeless, folks with mental illness, good people struggling…


Community Money & Taxes

Everything you need to know about choosing the right payment gateway for your business

Let’s get a few things straight… More often than not, payment gateways are often associated only with online businesses. While that is true in principle, payment gateways can be…


Clients & Gigs Community

How to handle price objections without coming across as pushy

What do you do when your customer complains about price, saying it’s too expensive, or it’s out of my budget? So your prospect gives you a price objection…


Money & Taxes Community

3 credible ways to earn an extra $1000 per month through your freelance business

Quick question: Are you satisfied with what you make from your freelance business month to month? Even if you are, an extra $1000 wouldn’t hurt, would it? Well the…