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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…


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Join LiquidTalent for the Future of Work Summit on April 6th

This post is from our partners at LiquidTalent, a local talent marketplace for hiring vetted developers and designers through social connection. The second annual Brooklyn Future of Work Summit is…


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Join us for a #FreelanceIsntFree Strategy Session!

Check your West Wing trivia at the door – making real change means thinking outside the small, talking box! Join City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Sara Horowitz on…


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Freelancers Union members shine at City Hall Hearing

New York City is famous for its hustle. Each day 8.4 million people get out and do what it takes to survive in the city that never sleeps, but…


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Take the Members' Survey and be entered to win a $250 gift card

At Freelancers Union, the union is you. We evolve and change to support your needs as an independent worker – and we can only do that when we hear from you.…


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A new technology lets you get involved where it matters most

As the world becomes increasingly connected through the wonders of technology, it's often easier to feel closer to a stranger 3,000 miles away than one's own next door neighbor.…


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For the first time ever, NYC invites freelancers to speak about nonpayment

The City of New York invites freelancers to City Hall to speak about the importance of stronger protections for the freelance workforce. Join us on February 29, 1:00 p.…


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Tell your City Council Member #FreelanceIsntFree

7 out of 10 freelancers face client nonpayment at least once in their careers. For unpaid freelancers, client nonpayment can cost an average of $6000 annually. This is no drop…


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Should you barter your services?

(image credit: Oliver Tacke) Let’s get one thing straight: bartering is NOT working for free. Instead, bartering is an occasionally useful alternative for freelancers who want services… but don’…


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10 ways to be a more connected freelancer in 2016

1. Become a SPARK co-leader Put growing your local network on the fast-track by becoming a SPARK co-leader! As a Spark leader, you can turbocharge your career through becoming a…


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New York City freelancers: Get involved in your local community!

Over the last year, the freelance workforce has been a key conversation point among New York City policy makers. We realize that freelancers drive much of what makes this city…


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New York City moves to support freelancers

Hey Freelance Nation, wouldn’t it be nice to feel like the law is on your side? On Monday, December 7, we introduced the #FreelanceIsntFree Bill to New York City…


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What freelancers can learn from the #FightFor15

On Tuesday, November 10th, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will raise the minimum wage rate for all State workers to $15.00 per hour. “You can’t pay for…


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Get ready: #FreelanceIsntFree Day of Action

Join Freelance Nation on Thursday, November 19 for a #FreelanceIsntFree Day of Action! Freelancers across the nation will unite to spread awareness about client nonpayment, as well as recruit fellow…