Advocacy

Freelance Isn't Free Act passes in NYC with 51 votes!

In a truly historic moment, New York City became the first city in the nation to protect freelance workers against client nonpayment today on October 27, 2016. This landmark victory…


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55 million ways to leave your day job

The third annual Freelancing in America Report is out and, according to our data, the freelance workforce has grown to a staggering 55 million. That's 35% of the national workforce!…


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Women in comics stand together for fair payment

The Comic Book Industry holds a deep place in my heart. It has kept generations of people throughout the country and the world, not only entertained but has served to…


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The backbone of New York Comic Con is YOU

Artists are the backbone of art. It’s that simple. No artists, no art. This doesn’t exclude anyone: fringe artists, trained artists, digital artists… Without artists, you have no…


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Owed over 130k for services, one freelancer heads to court

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:…


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Freelancers included in NYC anti-discrimination legislation

Have you ever been turned down for a gig because of your race or gender? Discrimination among individuals in the freelance workforce isn’t commonly discussed – mostly because there’s…


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A freelancer makes fashion week beautiful, one face at a time

Imagine being a line cook, but instead of plating the next course, you’re painting yet another beautiful face to the specifications of a famous fashion designer. That’s pretty…


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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…


Health Advocacy

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…