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A freelance hair artist shares her Fashion Week journey

Working at NYC Fashion Week is like beauty bootcamp – it’s intense and it can be stressful and taxing, but it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences in…


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Copyright infringements plague visual artists on the web - what can we do to fix it?

As the Executive Director of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and an internationally known visual journalist, I can certify that copyright infringement is a massive problem for photographers everywhere.…


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5 reasons to support the Freelance Isn't Free Act (even if you've never been stiffed)

Freelancers Union members have been at the helm of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act since day one. We’ve had hundreds of people volunteer their stories, their time, and…


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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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WeWork supports the Freelance Isn’t Free Act in New York City

WeWork, a platform for creators and the world’s largest coworking startup, announced its support of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. This landmark legislation would protect freelance workers against…


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Can you be a working parent and be happy?

It’s no secret that balancing work and parenting is a challenge, and that goes double for freelancers. We typically don’t have sick days or vacation time to use…


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A deadbeat client bankrupts a project and stiffs over 100 workers

It’s like Dateline for the day-time, except now it’s become the stuff of nightmares. A gig for a TV show has nearly, if not completely, bankrupted myself, a…


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How one freelancer's invoice snowballed into an $80,000 unpaid bill

In 2011, I started doing video projects for a company called Sierra Circuits, they make prototype circuit boards for electronics hardware makers. This is a relatively successful small business, they…


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Sign the petition to pass the Freelance Isn't Free Act

We all know nonpayment and late payment can be huge problems for freelancers. That's why we've spent the last year pushing for first-of-its kind legislation which would protect New York…


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Hillary Clinton speaks out against deadbeat clients

In a briefing that went out on Thursday, July 7, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton committed to cracking down on big businesses that regularly stiff small businesses. Clinton asserts that late…


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Is America over – or just beginning? How the new American Dream is shaping the way we live and work

“Is America over?” the folk singer Bill Callahan idly queried a small group of Brooklynites in an intimate concert venue. The crowd didn't seem to know. Wikipedia defines the American…


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Exorbitant health insurance rate increases a cause for concern among freelancers

Even though it seems like Open Enrollment just ended, insurance companies are already thinking about 2017 – and you should too. A lot of preparation goes into setting rates and developing…


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Y Combinator launches basic income project in Oakland, CA

The idea of a basic income, which would guarantee a base level of financial support for every person, seems like something born of the Myth of the Golden Age. Now,…


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Why getting stiffed for $18,000 was the best (and worst) thing that ever happened

This post is part of a series of freelancer stories about waiting to get paid -- or never getting paid at all. 71% of freelancers get stiffed by deadbeat clients…


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"Who pays influencers?" New site crowdsources the brands and agencies that actually pay

The social media influencer is one of the latest careers to find footing in the freelancing world. You might call these Instagram, SnapChat and YouTube stars "new souls" because their…


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What the Uber agreement with the IAM means for NYC drivers

The International Association of Machinists and Uber announced a groundbreaking agreement today to bring needed supports to Uber drivers in New York City. The IAM is a trade union representing…


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Freelancers in the UK set up co-ops to share costs and services

Freelancing can be a precarious lifestyle, but as the freelance workforce grows, more and more groups are finding new ways to make the life of an independent worker a little…


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Models call for labor protections in California

That pretty picture in your favorite fashion magazine might have a pretty ugly backstory. In a riveting op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Model Alliance Founder Sara Ziff peels back…


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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…