In the Press

2019
July 19, 2019 by Charlotte Cowles
How to Take Maternity Leave When You’re a Freelancer

“Young women are a major part of the growing group of full-time freelancers,” says Caitlin Pearce, the executive director of the Freelancers Union. “However, maternity leave is an area where the gaps are glaring, in terms of resources for them, and there’s no great way to handle it.”

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May 21, 2019 by Christina Couch
How Freelancing Parents Can Create Maternity or Paternity Leave

Parental leave can be tough to access, even within organizations that offer generous paid leave policies. For full-time freelancers and independent contractors, it’s even tougher to carve out time off when a new baby arrives.

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April 30, 2019 by BBC
How Freelancers are Changing the Jobs Market

The rise of freelance working is transforming the global job market, and the lives of workers. In New York City, 40% of all workers have freelanced in the last year.

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April 4, 2019 by Kim Kelly
Freelancers Want to Join Unions but Labor Laws Won't Let Them

Unions are more popular than they’ve been in almost two decades, thanks to successful organizing efforts in new sectors like digital media and fast food, revitalized labor action in more traditional industries like education and manufacturing, and the threat of a general strike helping end a painful government shutdown.

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March 28, 2019 by Hazel Sheffield
How freelancers are fighting for their pay

The union started a petition and held rallies and gatherings where members including Carolina Salas shared their experiences of late payment. It was able to show that a diverse workforce was affected, from seamstresses in the Bronx, to copywriters in Queens.

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January 4, 2019 by Yuki Noguchi
This New Program Aims To Train The Growing Freelance Workforce

In October, the city partnered with the Freelancers Union to open the Freelancers Hub in Brooklyn. It's a kind of communal co-working space that offers classes, tax and legal advice — all at no cost — to the city's growing population of freelance workers.

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2018
August 22, 2018 by Jonathan Wolfe
New York Today: Avoiding a Workplace Breakdown

At 10 a.m. today, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will announce the creation of a “Freelancers Hub” at the Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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August 22, 2018 by Jake Offenhartz
City Launches First-Ever Hub for Media Freelancers

Thankfully, New York's feral freelance population is about to get a much-deserved boost. On Wednesday, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment announced that a first-of-its-kind "Freelancer's Hub" will be coming to DUMBO in two months.

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August 22, 2018 by Maya Sweedler
New York City is Setting Up Space to Help Freelancers

New York City’s freelancers will soon have a free place to hone their skills, talk shop and get help finding a gig. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced the creation of the first city-sponsored freelancer’s hub on Wednesday. ...

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August 22, 2018 by Elaine Pofeldt
Can This Sweeping New Program Take the Insecurity out of Freelancing?

Leaders of most cities ignore freelancing when they look for ideas to develop their economies, focusing mostly on efforts like attracting traditional startups and reviving manufacturing.

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July 31, 2018 by Jill Cornfield
Five ways freelancers can make it easier to get paid

The best part of freelancing – getting paid – is also the No. 1 cause for complaints, according to Caitlin Pearce of the Freelancers Union

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July 27, 2018 by Arden Phillips
5 Way for Freelancers to Make Sure They Get Paid

We asked the director of the Brooklyn-based Freelancers Union for advice on bringing home those elusive checks.

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July 1, 2018 by Caitlin Pearce
How to Prepare to be a Freelancer

Many of us daydream about being our own boss, but if you want to make it a reality, follow these guidelines. ...

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May 22, 2018 by Samantha Maldonando
Freelancers Recovering Stolen Wages Under New NYC Law

It’s been a year since the Freelance Isn’t Free Act went into effect in New York City. A new report from the Department of Consumer Affairs, the agency charged with enforcing the new law, shows the law’s early impact.

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April 8, 2018 by Diane Herbst
Avoiding the perils and pitfalls of the gig-based workplace

Freelancers Union provides insurance and retirement information with links to resources for its 350,000 members. The Union also has a monthly networking group called Spark, with meetings in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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March 26, 2018 by Yuki Noguchi
Unequal rights: contract workers have few workplace protections

Contract workers and freelancers have few legal rights, compared with those hired as employees. Under federal law, a contract worker lacks the right to sue for sexual harassment or gender discrimination, for example, because workplace civil rights laws do not apply.

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January 30, 2018 by Joshua Johnson
The Way We Work

[Podcast] Contract work isn’t a passing trend. It’s here to stay. And it’s how 20 percent of employees make a living today. In the next 10 years, some labor economists predict that contract workers will make up the majority of the U.S. workforce.

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January 23, 2018 by Yuki Noguchi
Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

Nelson found plenty of company. He volunteers as leader of the Madison, Wis., chapter of Spark, a networking group started by the Freelancers Union that includes among its members a bug farming consultant and astrobiologist, as well as people from other walks of life.

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January 23, 2018 by Yuki Noguchi
Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

Nelson found plenty of company. He volunteers as leader of the Madison, Wis., chapter of Spark, a networking group started by the Freelancers Union that includes among its members a bug farming consultant and astrobiologist, as well as people from other walks of life.

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2017
October 17, 2017 by Chris Opfer
Freelancers Feel Left out of Job Training Surge

The White House has been touting job training programs and apprenticeships since Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was sworn in some six months ago, but one advocate says so far they’re leaving out a big slice of the workforce: freelancers and other independent contractors.

“Freelancers are really trying to figure it out on their own,” Freelancers Union President Sara Horowitz told Bloomberg Law. “Over a third of the workforce are having to use the tax code as the funder of their training because the government has no money going to this.”...

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August 15, 2017 by Rebecca Knight
How Freelancers Can Make Sure They Get Paid on Time

Over 70% of freelancers have trouble getting paid at some point in their careers, according to research by the Freelancers Union, the nonprofit group that promotes the interests of independent workers. “When you’re on your own freelancing for a big company, there is a fundamental power imbalance,” says Caitlin Pearce, director of advocacy and member engagement there. So if your paycheck doesn’t arrive on time, “You think, ‘What did I do wrong?’” Here are some strategies to help you run the, ahem, “billing department” of your freelance business.

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July 31, 2017 by Rana Foroohar
Strong unions will boost America’s economy

Yet there are signs that a new kind of labour movement may be brewing. Consider the recent growth of the Freelancers Union, which represents some 350,000 workers, mainly in major urban areas. Unlike traditional unions, where dues are collected by law and workers tend to be in public service industries or areas like building trades and manufacturing, the Freelancers Union caters to higher level service workers (writers, graphic artists, photographers). This underscores the changing nature of what it means to be “working class”. If you consider it merely in terms of a dollar per hour figure, many such white-collar freelancers would not count. But if you consider it in terms of job insecurity, as many leftwing economists increasingly do, then these workers absolutely have similar challenges and concerns, from a lack of pensions and healthcare to an increasing vulnerability to being undercut by job replacing technologies, which are moving higher up the economic food chain.

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June 23, 2017 by Yuki Noguchi
Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

A growing number of Americans rely on gigs for income — driving a car, writing bits of code, or doing tasks for hire on a project-by-project basis, and this kind of contingent work is spreading to more industries as well. The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. do not receive employee benefits, though some companies and lawmakers are trying to change that.

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May 15, 2017 by John Herzfeld
NYC Freelancers Due Contracts, Timely Pay

The 350,000-member Freelancers Union, one of the prime advocates for the city legislation, launched a phone application to link independent workers to legal services, the group’s president, Sara Horowitz, told Bloomberg BNA May 10.

“When freelancers get stiffed, they’ll be able to use the app to get recommendations for two lawyers to provide them with immediate help,” she said. The union helped to craft the city law and get it passed, she said, and now looks forward to helping to enforce it as “the next new-era safety net.”...

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May 15, 2017 by Emma Whitford
NYC's 'Freelance Isn't Free' Act Goes Into Effect Today

The country's first freelancer protections against nonpayment go into effect in New York City today, so now's a good time to brush up on a law intended to help a full third of the city's workforce get paid on time.

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April 24, 2017 by Sara Horowitz
How to Create a Fairer Gig Economy for Workers

The vast majority of the nation’s 55 million independent workers — more than one-third of the country’s work force — are creating income from a wide variety of sources.

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April 18, 2017 by Sara Horowitz
OP-ED Why tax day is a nightmare for freelancers

Freelancers now constitute a third of the American workforce, and over the past decade, 94% of new jobs added to the U.S. economy were created in the so-called gig economy. Yet freelancers must retrofit themselves into an archaic system designed for the industrial era, one that taxes independent workers disproportionately even as they benefit less from the social safety net.

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2016
December 22, 2016 by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Gig economy will be shaped by policies, possible Obamacare rollback in 2017

Enjoy it or not, more people are hustling.

A growing share of the U.S. workforce relies on...

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December 19, 2016 by Dana Arschin
New NYC law helps protect freelancers

Every year in the United States, more and more people leave the world of permanent employment for a world where...

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December 1, 2016 by Ben Schiller
6 Ways Cities Can Prepare For The Future Of Work

Short-term workers need two new types of protection, says Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the Freelancer’s Union. ...

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October 27, 2016 by Sara Horowitz
Putting government on freelancers’ side: Why the city needs to help independent workers collect the pay they're owed
October 27, 2016 by Stephen Miller
Don’t Stiff That Freelancer! Council to Pass First-Ever 'Gig Economy' Wage Theft Bill

New York City is about to approve first-of-its-kind legislation protecting ...

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October 25, 2016 by Rosa Goldensohn
Bill to require freelance contracts and impose penalties is set to pass

Companies that stiff freelancers will face stiffer ...

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October 6, 2016 by Elaine Pofeldt
New Survey: Freelancers Now Make Up 35% Of US Workforce

“Freelancers are one-third of the workforce,” says Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director ...

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October 6, 2016 by Melody Hahm
Why more than a third of Americans are freelancers

The September jobs report comes out on Friday, with an expected 175,000 jobs to have been added to the US...

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October 6, 2016 by Catherine Clifford
Freelancers are a $1 trillion force, and Hillary Clinton is their pick for president

Freelancers are a powerful and growing force of the U.S. economy. And they are also an important voting bloc in...

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October 6, 2016 by Sarah Kessler
What Stops Workers From Going Freelance

Freelancers love to freelance, according to a survey commissioned by the Freelancers Union, a nonprofit organization that advocates for independent ...

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October 6, 2016 by Stephane Kasriel & Sara Horowitz
55 Million Americans Freelance. So Why Don’t Politicians Talk About Them?

Freelancers have long been a large part of the ...

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September 5, 2016 by Oscar Perry Abello
NYC Takes Steps to Protect Gig Economy Workers

The Freelance Isn’t Free Act could potentially broaden that kind of authority to cover all freelancers. “I think that ...

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August 9, 2016 by Sarah Kessler
The 4 Best Resources For Gig Economy Workers

FREELANCERS UNION

The Freelancers Union has for decades advocated on behalf of independent workers’ rights, most...

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July 22, 2016 by Karsten Strauss
A Look At Some Major Companies Hiring Freelancers In 2016

There are signs that in U.S. workforce the army of freelancers active today is growing.

According to the...

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July 20, 2016 by Amy Gallo
How to Become a Successful Freelancer

Becoming a freelancer can be liberating — and also a little terrifying. Where do you even begin? What ...

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July 18, 2016 by Ben Schiller
We Need A New Social Contract Between Workers, Companies, And Society: Here Are Some Ideas

Meanwhile, a report from the Century Foundation and the New America ...

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July 11, 2016 by Amy Lieberman
Growing Independent Workforce Comes with Perks And Pitfalls

Freelancing comes with some obvious perks, like flexibility in schedule and workplace location, but it definitely isn't all about long ...

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June 27, 2016 by Jean Chatzky
Thinking of joining the gig economy? Consider these points first

All independent contractors should have retirement accounts, says Ann Boger, chief operating ...

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June 27, 2016 by Tasbeeh Herwees
There’s No Place Like Home/Office

According to a study commissioned by the Freelancers Union and UpWork, 34 percent of the American workforce is composed of...

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June 9, 2016 by Suzanne McGee
How the gig economy is helping make the case for universal basic income

By 2014, the Freelancers Union calculated that about 53 million Americans had become independent workers, as I am, whether voluntarily...

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May 10, 2016 by Fredrick Kunkie
Uber recognizes first drivers association in New York City

Both Uber and the new Independent Drivers Guild also agreed to lobby for more equitable tax treatment among New York’s...

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May 10, 2016 by Kia Kokalitcheva
Uber Strikes Deal With New York City Union to Create Driver Guild

The Freelancers Union has also teamed up with Uber and the new guild, and will help advise on possible benefits...

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May 10, 2016 by Noam Scheiber and Mike Isaac
Uber Recognizes New York Drivers’ Group, Short of a Union

Also on Tuesday, Uber said the Freelancers Union, which supports independent workers, will advise the company on how to create...

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April 6, 2016 by Thomas Cogan
Freelancers Union Gather at MMI

A meeting of the Freelancers Union, held last week at the Museum of the Moving Image, welcomed City Councilman Jimmy...

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March 29, 2016 by Adele Peters
Freelancers, Add Your Unpaid Bills to the World's Longest Invoice

For freelancers, getting paid is sometimes the hardest part of the job: The majority of freelance workers have experienced ...

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March 28, 2016 by Sam Corbin
Stiffed on freelance pay? Add what you’re owed to the ‘World’s Longest Invoice’

When you work as a freelancer, getting paid is often a matter of nagging ...

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March 28, 2016 by Mary Frost
‘World’s Longest Invoice’ draws attention to plight of unpaid freelancers

The union is trying to bring attention to their plight, and to support the ‘Freelance Isn’t Free’ Act, NYC Council ...

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March 28, 2016 by Jennifer Fermino
Unhappy freelancers invited to submit 'world’s largest invoice'

In an effort to support a first-of-its-kind city legislation that will give independent contractors ...

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March 1, 2016 by Errol Louis
City Council Member, Freelancers' Union Director Discuss New Push to Protect Freelance Workers

NY1 VIDEO: Errol Louis discussed a new push to protect freelance workers and ensure better ...

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March 1, 2016 by John Paul Titlow
What Gawker's New Contract Means For The Freelance Workforce

"I think Gawker and places that have been unionized by the Writers Guild are forging important and ne...

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March 1, 2016 by Sarah Crean
Freelancers Of The Slope Unite!

Are you a freelancer who is struggling to get paid in a timely fashion? New York City Councilmember Brad Lander...

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February 29, 2016 by Cole Stangler
New York City Considering Landmark Protections For Freelancers Who Suffer From Wage Theft

Lander introduced his bill last December after ...

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January 28, 2016 by Sara Horowitz
Why Freelancers Need a Nonpayment Law

According to newly published data from the Freelancers Union, about half of freelancers surveyed in 2014 reported they had trouble...

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January 26, 2016 by Chris Morran
Government Will Try To Figure Out How Many Americans Are Now Part Of The “On-Demand” Workforce

The announcement was applauded by Sara ...

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January 26, 2016 by Martha C. White
In Workplace of the Future, You're On Your Own (For Better or Worse)

Nearly 54 million Americans - or roughly a third of the U.S. workforce...

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January 5, 2016 by Steve Strauss
Small biz trends: Fasten your seat belts, entrepreneurs

The intersection of these joint realizations with the Internet has created a new force in the work world, the Uber...

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2015
December 21, 2015 by Faisal Hoque
Five Business Trends to Watch in 2016 -- No Matter How or Where You Work

Increasing numbers of skilled professionals are driving the growth of the gig economy. And while ...

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December 14, 2015 by Stephanie Kasriel
The Four Trends That Will Change the Way We Work by 2021

In some ways, 2015 was the year of the gig economy, with the scale and diversity of the freelance workforce...

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December 11, 2015 by Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
Belabored Podcast #92: Don’t Mourn, Organize!

And in other news: South Korean labor struggles escalate, unionization and strike votes by Chicago ...

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December 10, 2015 by WKYC Staff
See the Possible: Is Freelancing Right for You?

In a study commissioned by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, nearly 54 million Americans freelanced last year. That ...

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December 10, 2015 by Martin Levine
NY Bill Would Protect Gig Workers in the New Economy

The proposed legislation, the “Freelance Isn’t Free” bill, seeks to protect contracted workers from employers who refuse to ...

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December 8, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
Why Portable Benefits Should be a Priority in the New Economy

Freelancers Union Founder argues that the lack of portable benefits is one of the biggest impediments holding independent workers back. .

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December 8, 2015 by Erin Durkin
New York City Council bill offers safeguards for freelance employees

Freelancers stiffed by deadbeat employers would get more protections under a bill introduced in the City Council on ...

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December 8, 2015 by Lauren Evans
New Bill Would Make It A Crime To Stiff Freelancers

A bill introduced to the City Council yesterday would add a modicum of legal protection for freelancers, who are often ...

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December 7, 2015 by Rosa Goldensohn
Wage-theft bill threatens employers with jail, requires contracts for freelancers

Late payments could mean incarceration for employers under union-backed legislation introduced Monday by Councilman Brad Lander.

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December 7, 2015 by Lydia DePillis
For freelancers, getting stiffed is part of the job. Some in New York City want to fix it.

A new bill would hike penalties and create new enforcement mechanisms for clients who don't pay their contractors on time.

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December 7, 2015 by Chester Soria
New York City Council bill would fine, jail employers who stiff freelancers

"Employers realize that this is an important group to keep in New York," said Sara Horowitz, director of the Freelancers...

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December 1, 2015 by Chris Opfer
Lyft Retirement Program Could be Model for Sharing Economy Benefits

Businesses aren’t likely to hop on board unless the legal framework is updatedto allow them to offer some benefits ...

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November 30, 2015 by Sheila McClear
Finally, there’s a debt collector for freelancers

And she had a ready market for the service: 34 percent of Americans — 53 million people — freelance, according...

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November 28, 2015 by Daniel Beekman
An Uber union? Seattle could clear way for ride-app drivers

In New York City, activists are pushing officials to protect independent contractors from wage theft, said Sara Horowitz, executive director...

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November 13, 2015 by Mike Hruby
AS I SEE IT: Advocacy group proposes new state agency for a growing gig economy

Last year, 54 million Americans -- more than one-third of all U.S. workers -- did freelance work, according to a...

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November 12, 2015 by Kristen Fischer
The 9 Most Important Takeaways From Freelancers Union’s Annual Survey

Whether you moonlight or work as an independent contractor, freelancing isn’t easy. But if you’re like the thousands of freelancers...

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November 11, 2015 by Annie Gaus
Surprising allies join together in support of tech gig workers

“Nearly 54 million Americans are freelancing today, but while they are pioneering a new approach to work and life, they...

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November 11, 2015 by Tony Armstrong
4 Tax Tips for Freelancers, Dog Sitters and Airbnb Hosts

Nearly 54 million Americans, more than one-third of the U.S. workforce, did some type of freelance work in the past...

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November 11, 2015 by John Ribeiro
App companies propose new model for worker benefits

The signatories to the statement, including representatives of groups such as the Freelancers Union, National Guestworker Allia...

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November 10, 2015 by Jeff Bercovici
Meet the Founders Trying to Solve the Sharing Economy's Big Problem

I also spoke with Horowitz, who cited the "portable benefits network" Freelancers Union ...

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November 10, 2015 by Lorraine Duffy Merkl
Just Because I Freelance Doesn’t Mean I Work for Free

According to the Freelancers Union in an article as recent as July, 77 percent of consultants ...

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November 10, 2015 by Caroline O'Donovan
Tech Companies Facing Lawsuits Search For Solutions For Gig Workers

If local governments did issue a mandate requiring that benefits be made available to gig workers, there’s still a question...

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November 5, 2015 by Samar Khurshid
City Council Developing New Protections for Workers in ‘Gig’ Economy

Lander is working with the New York City-based Freelancers Union to create a legislative framework for wage...

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November 3, 2015 by Neil Howe
The Gig Economy Is Alive and Growing

A more recent survey commissioned in 2014 by the Freelancers Union finds that 53 million Americans, or 34% of the...

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October 31, 2015 by Stphane Kasriel
The Best Pros Won’t Work For You, But You Can Still Engage Them

A recent study of 7,107 U.S. workers conducted by Edelman Berland and sponsored by Upwork and the Freelancers Union found...

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October 28, 2015 by Claire Ricke
Americans ditching day jobs to become freelancers

Freelancers Union and Upwork.com released a new study that says 54 million Americans are doing freelance work. This is an...

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October 27, 2015 by Landon Dowdy
So You Want to Be a Freelancer? Know This Before You Leap

Nearly 54 million Americans are now doing freelance work, according to a newstudy commissioned by the Freelancers Union and Upwork.com, ...

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October 27, 2015 by By John Avalos, Brad Lander, Antonio Reynoso, and Scott Waguespack
How to Build the Movement for Progressive Power, the Urban Way

In New York City, we are working with the Freelancers Union to combat wage theft and late payment. When conventional...

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October 24, 2015 by Michael A. MacDowell
The gig economy is a good deal for America's workers

These new capitalists seem to like flexibility of part-time work. They bring in the additional income they need to raise...

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October 22, 2015 by Justine Hofherr
What kind of people actually make a living as freelancers?

If you’re on the fence about whether you want to leave your stable job to freelance (or even just freelance...

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October 21, 2015 by Mark R. Warner
The Future of Work: Challenges - and Opportunities - for Washington

We could look to the health-care exchanges as one public-private model. Perhaps we might borrow the idea of the Hour...

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October 20, 2015 by Brian Warmoth
Freelancers Make More Money and Are Just Better People

In 2015, 34 percent of U.S. workers were freelancers, according to the results of a new survey commissioned by the...

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October 19, 2015 by Bill DiBenedetto
Freelancing Rules? It’s 54 Million Strong

How powerful? More than 1 in 3 U.S. workers — nearly 54 million Americans — are freelancing, according to the...

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October 5, 2015 by Sara Horowitz, Stephane Kasriel
An Emerging American Workforce Speaks Out: It's Time to Pay Attention

Nearly 54 million men and women are now part of America's independent workforce -- working variously as accountants, computer programmers, ...

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October 5, 2015 by Brian Mahoney
Freelancers to Pols: Listen to Us

Politicians in Washington need to pay more attention to the growing contingent of freelance workers in the United States, according...

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October 5, 2015 by Justine Hofherr
There are a lot of freelancers, and most say they earn more money

For many employees, becoming freelancers might be the best way to make more money, according to a new survey of...

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October 4, 2015 by Katie Benner
Politicians Turn to Start-Ups for Grasp of 'Gig Economy'

A recent study commissioned in part by the Freelancers Union estimates that about one-third of the work force, or 53.7...

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October 4, 2015 by Elaine Pofeldt
Survey: For Many, Freelancing Pays Better Than Traditional Jobs

The survey of 7,107 working adults by the Freelancers Union and Upwork, the freelance marketplace once known as Elance-oDesk, found...

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October 2, 2015 by Everyday Money
Why Politicians Better Start Listening to Freelancers

According to a survey released Thursday of more than 7,000 freelancers by the Freelancers’ Union and Upwork, a site that...

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October 2, 2015 by Andrew Karpie
Upwork and Freelancers Union Release ‘Freelancing in America: 2015’ Study Results

Upwork and Freelancers Union released their jointly-commissioned study “Freelancing in America: 2015” Thursday. The report includes a sizing and segmentation...

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October 2, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
Freelancers in the U.S. Workforce

The surge in freelancing is more than two decades old at this point. When I founded Freelancers Union in 1995,...

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October 1, 2015 by Justin Fox
Gig Economy is Growing, But Not Growing Up

You weren’t totally imagining it! There really is a fast-growing contingent of Americans who get by on a variety of...

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October 1, 2015 by Ivan Pereira
Survey Finds an Increased Number of Freelance Workers, Income

The Freelancers Union and Upwork's commissioned study said about 34% of the workforce are freelancers, and it saw a jump...

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October 1, 2015 by Sarah Kessler
Don't Call it the "Uber Economy" Just Yet

On Thursday, the Freelancers Union and online work marketplace Upwork released their second annual commissioned study on the topic, which...

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October 1, 2015 by Sarah Kessler
Why Presidential Candidates are Starting to Pay Attention to the Gig Economy

Though Sen. Warner is the only member of Congress who has explicitly targeted policy around the gig economy, the 273,000-member...

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October 1, 2015 by Tess Townsend
Survey: Workforce is Going to the Freelancers

Roughly a third of U.S. workers do freelance work, most of them on top of more traditional working arrangements, according...

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September 29, 2015 by Jane Porter
How Freelancers Can Protect Themselves and Get Paid on Time

It's a common complaint for independent workers across industries. In a recent survey by the Freelancers Union, nearly half of...

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September 28, 2015 by Matthew Flamm
Rat race: The economy is hot, but New Yorkers are unhappy at work

An oft-cited study by software company Intuit forecast that freelancers, part-timers and independent contractors would make up more than 40%...

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September 21, 2015 by Philanthropy New York
Freelancers Union Launches Ad Campaign to Combat Wage Theft

Starting Monday, the Freelancers Union will hit the subways with an artistic campaign to raise awareness of some problems faced...

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September 21, 2015 by Allison Brown
Freelancers Unite Tonight to Fight for Better Pay

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, wants the non-traditional workers to know “you deserve to get paid.” If you’re...

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September 20, 2015 by Ivan Pereira
Freelancers Union launches subway ad campaign to combat wage theft

Starting Monday, the Freelancers Union will hit the subways with an artistic campaign to raise awareness of some problems faced...

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September 16, 2015 by Andrew Quilty
Sara Horowitz: Making the gig economy work for workers

Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, an organization that advocates and provides services for independent workers,...

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August 28, 2015 by Dillon Baker
How Freelancers are Fighting for Their Labor Rights

"On average, our members are owed over $10,000 in unpaid invoices and spend 36 hours tracking down each missing payment,"...

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August 19, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
Discovering the Unexpected Marriage of Commerce and Advocacy

As so often happens when we set out to do big things, when I set out to create what would...

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August 18, 2015 by Jeff Green
Why 6 Million Americans Would Rather Work Part Time

A host of services are springing up to serve the growing hordes of American part-timers. The Freelancers Union, founded in...

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August 13, 2015 by Lydia DePillis
The World Bank is struggling with its own class divide

“In these business models, efficiency is variability,” says Sara Horowitz, president of the Freelancers Union, which advocates and provides services...

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August 5, 2015 by Nancy Cook
We're all in This Together (Right?)

Freelancers Union: The Brooklyn-based Freelancers Union boasts nearly 300,000 members, having quadrupled in numbers in just seven years. Besides offering...

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July 27, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
Are Freelancers to Blame for Our Slow Economic Recovery?

We know that freelancers are changing the way we think about work, with their flexible schedules and multiple employers. And ...

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July 25, 2015 by Veer Gidwaney
How to navigate benefits as a part-time or freelance staffer

One such organization — aptly named Freelancers Union— has more than 260,000 members. The union seeks to provide mutual support...

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July 25, 2015 by Nancy Cook
The Insecure World of Freelancing

When Sara Horowitz founded the Freelancers Union in 1995, there was already evidence that the structure of people's work lives...

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July 21, 2015 by Nancy Cook
Freelancers, Unite!

When Sara Horowitz founded the Freelancers Union in 1995, there was already evidence that the structure of people's work lives...

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July 14, 2015 by Amy Gallo
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Freelance

“We’ve studied this for many years, and it really boils down to autonomy, control, and flexibility: the autonomy to work...

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July 12, 2015 by Noam Scheiber
Rising Economic Insecurity Tied to Decades-Long Trend in Employment Practices

Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, an advocacy organization, puts the scale of the dislocation o...

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July 11, 2015 by John Hageman
Free to freelance: Independent contractors may be shifting nature of work

Meanwhile, the Freelancers Union released a survey last year showing 53 million Americans, or 34 percent of the workforce, are...

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July 9, 2015 by Anne Loehr
A National Survey of the Freelance Workforce: America, Meet Your Future Workforce

Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk took a self-proclaimed deep dive into how Americans are putting together their work-lives. The resulting report,...

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July 4, 2015 by Stephen Dash
How Freelancers Can Save Thousands on Their Student Loans

Credible has partnered with the Freelancer’s Union, and has saved the average graduate around $11,000 on their student loans...

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July 2, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
The Expanding Definition of Independence in the Freelance Economy

Workers don’t have the choice to wait for companies to do the right thing—so they’re moving forward, apportioning their time...

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July 2, 2015 by Mary Thompson
Sharing Economy Makes it Pay to Work on Your Own

"What we're seeing is that these platforms, these share economy platforms are really changing the structure of business itself," said...

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July 1, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
The Office Water Cooler Isn't What It Used to Be

As the traditional job structure deteriorates, office workers around the country are experiencing the great shrinking of the afternoon coffee-clutch...

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June 26, 2015 by Jared Lindzon
The State of the American Freelancer in 2015

Freelancers Union remains among the few resources for the 53 million Americans working without a full-time employer, but as the ...

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June 25, 2015 by 2015-06-26
The Silent Anxiety of the Sharing Economy

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, which is based in New York, puts it like this: “If you’re running...

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June 23, 2015 by Shafaq Hasan
No “Free” in Freelancer: Nonprofits Take on Problems of the Emerging Workforce

According to a recent study from last September commissioned by the Freelancers Union, an estimated 34 percent of workers in...

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June 11, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
Why Policy Makers Need to Pay Attention to the Freelance Movement

Even if you’re not a freelancer or moonlighter yourself, it’s becoming more likely that you have independent workers in your...

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June 7, 2015 by Helaine Olen
A Pillar of Personal Finance Isn't Nearly as Essential as We Think

According to the Freelancers Union, 53 million of us freelance at least some of the time. Not only is income...

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June 4, 2015 by Core Lewis
As Gawker Unionizes, Labor Adapts

The SEIU’s move is timely, given the rising number of workers that will never join a traditional union. In May, ...

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June 4, 2015 by Lydia Dishman
Gawker Staff Votes to Unionize in Groundbreaking Move for New Media

But the decision to organize is another push toward a growing wave of support for organized labor among snake people.

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June 3, 2015 by Rachel Weiner and Lydia DePillis
How Congress can make life better for Uber drivers and bike messengers

Warner has spoken with Sara Horowitz, the president of the Freelancers Union, which provides unionlike benefits to its 264,000 mostly...

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June 2, 2015 by Jillian Richardson
25 Twitter Accounts Every Freelancer Should Follow

Freelancers Union is a quintessential resource for writers. Both its Twitter page andwebsite have important information about health benefits for...

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June 1, 2015 by Shelby Slade
How America's 24/7 work culture is impacting parents

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, said in an article for Fast Company that 53 percent of freelancers are...

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May 26, 2015 by Richard A. Greenwald
The Books You Need to Read to Understand the Freelance World

“The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms” by Sara Horowitz:...

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May 22, 2015 by Mark Johnson
Unhappy 'on-demand' workers spell trouble for Silicon Valley

53 million Americans, or 34 per cent of the country's workforce, now work as freelancers according to the Freelancers Union.

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May 21, 2015 by Davey Alba
On-Demand Startups Aren't Delivering on Promises to Workers

According to a report from the nonprofit Freelancers Union, 53 million Americans now work as freelance contractors—about one in three ...

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May 20, 2015 by The Brian Lehrer Show*
Everything Freelancers Need to Know for Tax Season

Sara Horowitz, the founder and executive director of Freelancers Union and the co-author of The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need...

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May 19, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
The Ten Commandments of the New Economy

There was a time when work meant loyalty to the big boss. That era is over. The new reality is...

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May 10, 2015 by Rachel Botsman and Andrew Keen
Can the Sharing Economy Provide Good Jobs?

TaskRabbit has introduced a wage floor, making it impossible for workers to earn less than $12.80 an hour. That’s higher...

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March 23, 2015 by Hadley Malcolm
Top 5 tax questions answered

Freelancers often don't realize they have to submit their taxes four times a year, says Sara Horowitz, founder and executive...

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March 12, 2015 by Emma Jacobs
Workers of the gig economy, unite!

Sara Horowitz is in demand. The founder of the Freelancers Union, which has 250,000 independent contractors on its books, is ...

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March 11, 2015 by Sara Horowitz
Why are more women than men freelancing?

In a study last year of nearly 2,000 freelancers commissioned by Freelancers Unionand conducted by the independent research firm Edelman...

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February 18, 2015 by Ellen Jean Hirst
Obamacare fits the bill as more people turn to freelancing

"Obamacare is part of this new rising infrastructure that's coming up around this new workforce," said Dan Lavoie, director of...

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February 14, 2015 by Emily Starbuck Crone
Need extra income in retirement? Try freelancing

"Freelancing and retirement just go together," says Sara Horowitz, author of "The Freelancer's Bible" and founder and executive director of ...

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February 3, 2015 by F. Vincent Vernuccio
A new model for failing unions

Non-compulsory unions can also serve workers by offering training and group benefits such as insurance. One example is the Freelancers...

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February 3, 2015 by Lydia DePillis
New tech companies say freelancing is the future of work. But there’s a downside for workers.

Sara Horowitz heads up the Freelancers Union, which is one of the groups that’s arisen in recent years to play...

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January 29, 2015 by Elaine Pofeldt
Will You Be A Winner When Uber-Style Platforms Replace Bosses?

The lack of attention to solo business owners is shocking. About 53 million Americans now work as one-man or one-woman...

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January 29, 2015 by Sarah Jaffe
Where’s Our WGA? The Union Situation for Freelancers

In recent years, the Freelancers Union has gained a lot of attention, particularly in New York City’s creative economy. With ...

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January 27, 2015 by Lauren Weber and Rachel Emma Silverman
On-Demand Workers: ‘We Are Not Robots’

Gauging the size of the app-enabled workforce is difficult, in part because so many workers join and abandon freelance platforms;...

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January 15, 2015 by Steve Kraske & Lisa Rodriguez
Freelancers: Changing The Face Of The Job Market

America's 53 million freelancers are their own bosses, but face not having health insurance and job security. Up to Datelooks...

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January 3, 2015 by By Derek Bacon
The Future of Work: There's an App for That

A recent study by the Freelancers Union, a pressure group for freelance workers, suggests that one in three members of...

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December 17, 2014 by John Gapper
The Sharing Economy Must Share the Risks

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut &...

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December 11, 2014 by Anne Fisher
A new way for freelancers to find health insurance

Freelancers Union, a nationwide organization based in New York City with about 250,000 members, has launched a National Benefits Platform...

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November 30, 2014 by Emma Johnson
Dreaming of Entrepreneurship? Stop Using Health Benefits as an Excuse

I am one of the fortunate self-employed Americans who has had access to excellent Freelancers Union options, thanks to my...

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November 28, 2014 by F. Vincent Vernuccio
'Black Friday' protests indicate need for a new union model

Non-compulsory unions can also serve workers by offering training and group benefits such as insurance. One example is the Freelancers...

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November 23, 2014 by Albert R. Hunt
Democrats Should Heed Americans' Economic Anxiety

Krueger, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for Obama, says Democrats "need to think creatively about worker...

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November 17, 2014 by Phyllis Furman
Freelancers Union pairs with Empire Blue Cross to offer health insurance plans

“The Freelancers Union is still the place for freelancers to go for coverage,” said Dan Lavoie, the union’s director of...

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November 17, 2014 by Sharon Epperson
How freelancers are fueling the new economy

Despite the slow recovery in the nation's employment rate, one group of the labor force continues to surge: temporary, contingent...

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November 12, 2014 by Shazia Khan
Freelancers Union Restructures Health Care Approach for 2015

Before, you had to be a member of the Freelancers Union to get the benefits, and now, it's open up...

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November 11, 2014 by Jordan Teicher
Schoolhouse Flock: Freelancers Union Gets Animated

Last week, the Freelancers Union released a short animated video—”The Work Revolution: How Freelancers Got a Union”—styled with playful visuals...

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November 11, 2014 by Meredith Deliso
Health Insurance Plans With Fitness Perks

The Freelancers Union, a national advocate for independent workers, has offered healthcare benefits to its 250,000 members since 2003. Starting...

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October 24, 2014 by Sue Loughlin
Union leader turns eyes on freelance workers

In today's emerging economy, 53 million Americans are "independent workers" or freelancers — about one-third of the entire workforce, according...

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October 17, 2014 by Anne Kadet
A Health Insurance Plan to Love

Freelancers Medical, the clinic arm of the Freelancers Union’s Freelancers Insurance Co., has been around for two years now, aiming...

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October 10, 2014 by Sarah Laskow
Freelancers insurance evolves, again (and again)

On Tuesday, F.I.C. announced that it will be opening 15 new primary care clinics in New York and other cities...

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October 2, 2014 by Dan Munro
How Sara Horowitz Is Disrupting Healthcare For The 'Gig' Economy

The Freelancers Union was founded by Sara Horowitz almost 20 years ago in New York City. A primary focus early...

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October 1, 2014 by Patrick Clark
Everyone's a Freelancer Now (at Least for Health-Care Benefits)

For much of its existence, the Freelancers Union’s reason for being was to get workers who weren’t in full-time jobs...

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October 1, 2014 by Jana Kasperkevic
Freelancers are in line for a healthcare upgrade. But will they sign up?

The Freelancers Union, a trade group for the members of the gig economy, has just signed a partnership with Empire ...

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September 10, 2014 by Kristen Fischer
Freelancing Is On the Rise, But Is It Right For You?

According to a new survey commissioned by Freelancers Union & Elance-oDesk dubbed “Freelancing in America,” freelancing is on the up...

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September 9, 2014 by Carol Roth
IRS needs to acknowledge the freelance economy

The numbers are staggering. Recent research, conducted by Edelman Berland and commissioned by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk, estimates that...

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September 8, 2014 by Laura Shin
1 in 3 American Workers Freelances. But Is The Phenomenon Growing?

Most people, if they had to guess, would say the freelance economy is growing. But for previous articles on freelancing...

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September 7, 2014 by Amanda Alix
America is Turning into a Nation of Freelance Workers

A new study by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk highlights an interesting change in the way Americans work. More than...

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September 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
One-Third of Americans Are Freelancers Now

A new report shows some 53 million Americans—or 34 percent of the U.S. workforce—are now working as freelancers in some...

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September 5, 2014 by Sydney Brownstone
Gig Economy Explosion: 53 Million American Freelancers Are Their Own Bosses

According to a new survey commissioned by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk, freelance workers make up 53 million people, or 34%...

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September 4, 2014 by Simone Pathe
No boss, no office, no problem! The rise of the freelance workforce

Thirty-four percent of the American workforce freelances, according to a survey commissioned by the Freelancers Union and “online workplace” site ...

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September 4, 2014 by Laurie Petersen
Freelance: Increasingly It's How America Works

Freelance work is not a passing trend. And contrary to conventional wisdom, a majority of freelancers are quite satisfied and...

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September 4, 2014 by Lauren Weber
One in Three U.S. Workers Is a Freelancer

Fifty-three million Americans, or 34% of the nation’s workforce, qualify as freelancers, according to a new report from the Freelancers...

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September 4, 2014 by Justin Fox
Breaking Down the Freelance Economy

The American workforce is now 34% freelancer, according to a new study commissioned by the Freelancers Union and the recently-merged ...

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September 4, 2014 by Dan Kedmey
1 in 3 Americans Work on a Freelance Basis

53 million Americans, or 34% of the U.S. workforce, said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the...

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September 4, 2014 by Bernice Napach
Freelance nation: One-third of U.S. workers are freelancers

When the Labor Department releases its latest jobs report on Friday, it will likely show that the economy added about...

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August 31, 2014 by Luke O’Neil
Surviving the gig economy

In July, the Freelancers Union, the country’s largest advocacy and resources group for those of us in the gig economy,...

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August 27, 2014 by Elaine Pofeldt
Growth Accelerates For Entrepreneurs

Freelancers are thriving. Nearly 90% of workers affiliated with the 250,000 member Freelancers Union say they wouldn’t return to traditional...

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August 25, 2014 by Spenser Davis
What You Need to Know About the Innovative Insurance Plan from Freelancers Union

Fortunately, as the gig economy continues to grow, Freelancers Union, which has actually been around since 1995, has created a...

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August 25, 2014 by Sara Horowitz
America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work

Freelancers, independent contractors and temp workers are on their way to making up the majority of the U.S. labor force.

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August 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Is American Entrepreneurship Declining or Simply Changing?

As of 2005, there were 42.6 million "contingent workers" in the U.S. workforce, according to the first and only report...

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August 16, 2014 by Natasha Singer
In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty

“Having a diverse portfolio is the best protection,” says Sara Horowitz, the founder and executive director of Freelancers Union, an...

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July 29, 2014 by Lauren Weber
For Digital Temps, A Safety Net Emerges

The nonprofit Freelancers Union in June began offering liability and life insurance, along with other benefit products, tailored for its...

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July 17, 2014 by Giles Simon
Case study: The Freelancers Union and new mutualism

Sara Horowitz founded the Freelancers Union, a co-operatively run non-profit in the United States in 2003. It now has 237,000...

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July 3, 2014 by Who are the most influential women in the Big Apple?
50 Most Powerful Women in New York

In the dark days before Obamacare, a luxury like basic health insurance would have cost a freelancer dearly. But lifelong...

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July 2, 2014 by Gabe Rosenberg
88 Percent of Freelancers Wouldn’t Accept Full-Time Jobs and Other Takeaways from Freelancers Union Report

We just might be ready for the largest “Kumbaya” performance the world has ever seen. With over 42 million freelancers...

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June 29, 2014 by Meet the Press
MTP Extra: Exclusive Economic Panel at The Clinton Global Initiative

A special panel discussion of income inequality and economic mobility from The Clinton Global Initiative America in Denver, Colorado...

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June 27, 2014 by Susie Cagle
To get a fair share, sharing-economy workers must unionize

“We're seeing freelancers connecting and engaging with each other in ways we couldn't have imagined even a few years ago,”...

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June 25, 2014 by Elaine Pofeldt
A New Safety Net For Freelancers

One of the biggest obstacles to entrepreneurship in the U.S. is the reality that workers lose valuable benefits like insurance...

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June 24, 2014 by Kelly McCartney
Freelancers Union Launches National Benefits Platform

At the Clinton Global Initiative America event today, Freelancers Union founder and executive director Sara Horowitz unveiled a new national...

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June 24, 2014 by Patrick Clark
Freelancers Union Wants to Be Your HR Department

Freelancers Union, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that seeks to unite marketing consultants, Web designers, nannies, and other independent workers, is expanding ...

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June 19, 2014 by Vicki Salemi
Four Ways for Freelancers to Successfully Land Big Clients

By big clients we mean clients with deep pockets. Budgets to spend and contract to sign. That’s why this post...

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June 13, 2014 by Sarah Halzack
Elance-oDesk flings open the doors to a massive digital workforce

And with many companies pulling back on benefits spending for full-time workers, the rigidity of traditional contracts and schedules might...

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June 10, 2014 by Karen E. Klein
A Risky Way to Get Deadbeat Clients to Pay: Shame Them Online

It’s better to adopt business practices that minimize the chances of nonpayment, many experts say. That involves financial vetting of...

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June 9, 2014 by Jo Disney
The Gig Economy: Why The 9-to-5 is Becoming a Relic

“The standard workweek [is] a prison of the past” says Sara Horowitz, CEO and founder of Freelancers Union, who has ...

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May 30, 2014 by Alina Tugend
Tips for Those Who Set Their Own Salaries

Lindsay Van Thoen, in a blog for the Freelancers Union, a labor organization, suggested one method for setting an hourly...

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May 1, 2014 by Sara Horowitz
The Next Big Idea For Workers Will Come From The Old School Labor Movement

Don't look to Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., for new ideas about how to make workers' lives better. Social unionism,...

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March 27, 2014 by Interview by Maria Shriver
Sara Horowitz On Moving From Consumption to Connection

As the founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, and the CEO of the social-purpose Freelancers Insurance Company (FIC),...

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March 10, 2014 by A guide to staging a revolution by voting with your paycheck.
Where Can You Help Support A “New Mutualist” Economy? This Map Will Tell You

What’s in a revolution? If you asked Abbie Hoffman in 1968, he’d tell you it was a series of “boycotts,...

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March 8, 2014 by In the US, people are obsessed with work. Your job is your identity. But all that is changing in this economic funk
Americans love to ask people 'what do you do'? It's a habit we should break

Few understand these shifts in the American economy and work mentality better than Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union.

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March 6, 2014 by David Colon
Freelancers Union mapping NYC’s sharing economy

It’s becoming popular in certain quarters of America, like here for instance, to make a conscious effort to flip the...

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March 5, 2014 by Kelly McCartney
Help Map the Quiet Revolution

In keeping with tradition, the Quiet Revolution will not be televised, but it is happening, nevertheless, in community gardens, coworking...

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March 5, 2014 by Mother Jones
Freelancers Union's New Map

The Freelancers Union has started an interactive project to map sustainable business in New York and Portland. It’s...

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March 5, 2014 by Nancy Scola
The Freelancers Union Wants to Map the ‘New Mutualism’

People today, writes Sara Horowitz, founder and leader of the Freelancers Union, have "stopped looking for more. We just want...

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February 26, 2014 by Sara Horowitz
Why The New American Workforce Wants Better Consumption, Not Just More

While spending might be up for the richest 1%, the rest of Americans are quietly revolutionizing the economy, reshaping their...

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February 13, 2014 by Kasia Klimasinska
Sheep-Shearing Wells Fargo Banker Bridges U.S. Income Gap

More Americans are also turning to freelancing to try to help maintain their standard of living in a time of...

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February 10, 2014 by Rachel L. Swarns
Freelancers in the ‘Gig Economy’ Find a Mix of Freedom and Uncertainty

For counsel and a sense of community, he joined the Brooklyn-basedFreelancers Union, one of the nation’s fastest-growing labor organizations, with...

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February 7, 2014 by Justin Fox
Where Are All the Self-Employed Workers?

So others are driven to adopt their own categories. The Freelancers Union frequently cites a number of 42 million independent...

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January 31, 2014 by Sara Horowitz
How Freelancers Are Redefining Success To Be About Value, Not Wealth

The old model of slaving for 40 hours a week in exchange for a paycheck is eroding. When you can...

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January 29, 2014 by Elaine Pofeldt
Obama: Is the job of the future a freelance one?

The hidden truth can be found by looking at the explosive growth in the freelance economy since the Great Recession.

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November 19, 2013 by Sara Horowitz
What is New Mutualism?

It's that simple idea -- we are stronger together than we are alone -- that's at the heart of...

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November 14, 2013 by Natalie Robehmed
100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs

Forbes named Freelancers Union one of the top websites for entreprenuers.

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November 13, 2013 by Jordan Malter
Freelancer health care

A feature on our freelancer hall in Downtown Brooklyn -- with free primary care and yoga!...

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November 6, 2013 by Sara Horowitz
It's Time For The Sharing Economy To Become The Sharing Society

It’s time for independent workers to steer this new marketplace in a more sustainable direction...

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September 21, 2013 by Gregory Bresiger
Freelance gigs more desirable

Some 30 percent of the US workforce is freelance, says Sara Horowitz, the founder of the Freelancers Union. That...

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September 6, 2013 by Sara Horowitz
The Unemployment Numbers as Sham: Where Are the Freelancers?

People are abandoning the 40-hour workweek -- some by choice, some by circumstance -- and becoming freelancers, working gig...

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August 12, 2013 by John Tozzi and Patrick Clark
Sara Horowitz Wants the Feds to Stop Shortchanging Freelancers

In this conversation with Bloomberg Businessweek, Sara Horowitz explains why the conversation around freelancing needs to change.

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July 24, 2013 by The Diane Rehm Show
The Freelance Economy

On the Diane Rehm Show, Sara laid out a broad vision for the next economy built on the collective...

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July 17, 2013 by Josh Eidelson
Who Should Fund Alt-Labor?

The past two decades have seen explosive growth in “alt-labor”: groups that are organizing and mobilizing workers without seeking ...

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July 17, 2013 by Patrick Clark
Can This Startup Help Freelancers Earn More?

Work Market is making the process of hiring freelancers more efficient, says Sara Horowitz, executive director at the nonprofit,...

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July 2, 2013 by Sara Horowitz
How the Sharing Economy Can Save Summer Vacation

A nation of freelancers can't afford their own private summer homes. But a return to the proud tradition of ...

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June 21, 2013 by Anya Kamenetz
Does The Sharing Economy Have a Shadow Side?

Sara Horowitz, the founder of the Freelancers Union, has been thinking about the economic impact of the sharing or...

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June 8, 2013 by Tom Foreman
Number of freelancers growing in the U.S.

In this video interview, Sara Horowitz offers her perspective on why more people are becoming freelancers.

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June 7, 2013 by Bloomberg Surveillance
New Jobs of the Future Are Here

Sara Horowitz discusses the changing face of jobs in America.

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May 28, 2013 by Geoffrey A. Fowler and Brenda Cronin
Freelancers Get Jobs Via Web Services

Sara Horowitz discusses what the growing trend of micro-task websites means for freelancers.

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May 7, 2013 by Ryan Galloway
Sara Horowitz: On Independence, the Future of Work, and Her New Book

Sara answers questions about her book, The Freelancer's Bible, as well as the emerging freelance economy.

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May 5, 2013 by Paul Harris
Interview with Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union

Sara Horowitz discusses what Freelancers Union offers members, what her membership numbers say about the accuracy of the country's...

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May 3, 2013 by Farnoosh Torabi
Saving for Retirement When You Work for Yourself

Without the convenience of an employer-sponsored 401(k) or 403(b), planning for retirement can be a challenge. A survey by...

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May 3, 2013 by Bloomberg TV
How Freelancers Are Transforming the Labor Market

Sara Horowitz, Executive Director at Freelancers Union, discusses the changing nature of permanent work.

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April 23, 2013 by Liz Andrade and Niki Brown
The Freelancer's Bible

A review and discussion of Sara Horowitz's book, The Freelancer's Bible.

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April 10, 2013 by Sara Horowitz
Welcome to the Micro-Gig: No Job Is Too Small

Just when we were getting used to the idea of the gig economy, where more people are freelancing and...

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April 8, 2013 by Michelle Rafter
10 Things You Didn't Know About Freelancers Union

In the 10 years since Sara Horowitz started Freelancers Union, the organization has become the largest representative of independent...

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March 28, 2013 by Helaine Olen
America's silent freelance army

The US last calculated the number of contingent workers in 2005 – how can we structure better policies without hard...

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March 23, 2013 by Steven Greenhouse
Tackling Concerns of Independent Workers

Sara Horowitz talks about the gig economy, her vision for the future, and Freelancers Union's mission.

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March 12, 2013 by Megan Bungeroth
Above and Beyond: Sara Horowitz

As the executive director of the Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz knows the importance of a supportive community. When she...

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March 4, 2013 by Danielle Tcholaklan
Start-Up City: A look at the city's dynamic entrepreneur

Started in 1995, Freelancers Union now has over 200,000 members.

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February 28, 2013 by Beth Pitts
Sara Horowitz: My Top 5 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs

Sara discusses entrepreneurs' responsibility for tackling social issues and shares her top five tips for success.

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February 27, 2013 by Sara Horowitz
The 6 Fundamentals of Client Building

The kind of influence needed to acquire clients doesn't require money or status.

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February 25, 2013 by Richard Florida
The Geography of America's Freelance Economy

Sara Horowitz, the founder of Freelancers Union, dubbed the freelance surge the "Industrial Revolution of our time" — as ...

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February 25, 2013 by Susan Johnston
The Rewards - and Risks - of Freelancing

An interview with Sara Horowitz about why more Americans are turning to freelancing for cashflow.

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February 24, 2013 by Steve Rosenbush
Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

Keep careful track of home-office expenses, advises Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, a New York City-based organizatio...

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February 22, 2013 by Cassandra Leveille
Do Freelancers Need Their Own Union?

Organizations like the Freelancers Union encourage freelancers to pool together their power in numbers and create a system of...

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February 13, 2013 by Tejal Rao
A Decade On, Freelancers Union Founder Sara Horowitz Takes Her Fight Mainstream

A profile of Sara Horowitz.

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February 7, 2013 by Ibby Caputo
'The Freelancer's Bible,' by Sara Horowitz

The Freelancer’s Bible is a self-help book packed with useful tips and tools sure to benefit new and seasoned...

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January 28, 2013 by Seth Stevenson
Don’t Have Health Insurance? Start Your Own Insurance Company!

How Sara Horowitz created affordable health care benefits for freelancers.

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January 16, 2013 by Andrew Vaterlaus-Staby
How To Succeed As A Freelancer

Great lessons learned from Sara Horowitz's book, The Freelancer's Bible.

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January 4, 2013 by Dave Iverson
The Freelancer's Bible

Sara Horowitz discusses her new book, "The Freelancer's Bible," the pros and cons of life as an independent worker,...

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January 4, 2013 by Barbara Boggey
Financial commandments from The Freelancer's Bible

Sara Horowitz,  author of the "The Freelancer's Bible," discusses some tips for freelancers about navigating the world of freelancing.

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January 2, 2013 by Sara Horowitz
Five fee-setting strategies for freelancers

An excerpt from Sara Horowitz's book, The Freelancer's Bible.

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2012
December 19, 2012 by Katharine Gammon
A Brooklyn Clinic for Freelancers Looks to Change the Insurance Industry

In a brick building in Brooklyn, a new style of health care has come to the cities hordes of...

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December 13, 2012 by Tom Watson
The Freelance Economy: Millions of Entrepreneurs - and a Vital Social Venture

More Americans are working for themselves than ever before, a trend that says as much about the future of ...

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December 12, 2012 by David Bornstein
Moving Forward in Tough Times

In addition to robust growth of their membership and customer base, the Freelancers Union was awarded $340 million in...

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December 12, 2012 by Janelle Harris
So What Do You Do, Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union?

The author of the newly released The Freelancer's Bible shares what she's learned about organizing the masses and what...

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December 5, 2012 by Brian Patrick Eha
Freelancers and Their Advocates Gain New Visibility

Independent workers and their advocates may be coming into their own. Sara Horowitz, the founder and lead executive of...

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December 4, 2012 by Sara Horowitz
Why You Should Treat Your Freelance Portfolio like a Stock Portfolio

Your Freelance Portfolio helps you balance the risks and rewards of your freelance life, just like a financial portfolio.

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December 2, 2012 by Marty Nemko
Author of The Freelancer's Bible On 'Work with Marty Nemko'

Sara Horowitz appeared on Work with Marty Nemko to discuss her new book, The Freelancer's Bible....

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November 29, 2012 by Steve Scher
The New Freelance Economy

Up to one-third of working adults in the United States are independent contractors. Do you have what it takes to...

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November 29, 2012 by Lynn
The Power of One - Finding Success as a Freelancer

Sara Horowitz has been working tirelessly to serve the needs of independent workers.

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November 26, 2012 by OTBKB
Nation's First Medical Practice for Freelancers

Today in downtown Brooklyn, the nation’s only state-of-the-art primary care practice for freelancers opened its doors. This facility will ...

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November 21, 2012 by Inland Valley
How to Get a Job You Love in the New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to evaluate your career and take control of your professional life. And ...

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November 20, 2012 by John Tozzi
Need Health Care? Start a Clinic

At the new medical clinic opening next week in Downtown Brooklyn, sunlight streams in from the fourth story windows,...

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November 16, 2012 by Richard Greenwald
A Freelance Economy Can Be Good for Workers: Let's Make It Better

Today, freelancers are the fastest-growing sector of the economy, but our current social contract, written for the 9-to-5 world,...

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November 6, 2012 by Shane Snow
Solopreneurs, freelancers hoping for more help from the election winner

“The increase in freelancers isn’t a temporary phase. It’s a systemic change,” says Sara Horowitz, founder of Freelancers Union.

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October 21, 2012 by Linley Taber
Independence days

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, shares how to overcome common challenges as a freelancer.

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October 18, 2012 by Donna Wares
Freelancing expert says future lies in networking, partnerships

Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz explains how the world of work has undergone a dramatic change as more and...

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October 18, 2012 by Donna Wares
Freelancer growth giving rise to 'slasher' careers

America isn't just the "land of the free" any more. We’re rapidly becoming the land of the freelancer.

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October 15, 2012 by Nightly Business Report
Video: Freelance Nation

Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of the Freelancers Union, says that freelancing is going across the entire economy.

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October 15, 2012 by Martha Retallick
Sara Horowitz on The Power of We Freelancers

Noting that freelancers are now one of every three American workers – or 42 million people – the Freelancers...

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October 14, 2012 by Adam Bluestein
Sara Horowitz: Labor's Renaissance Woman

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, is building the support system for a new generation of independent...

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October 8, 2012 by NYCT
Help for Freelancers

Now, an estimated 42 million workers are freelancers who work on a project basis for various clients,...

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September 30, 2012 by Bruce Walsh
Know your rights as a freelancer

Sara Horowitz's new book, "The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams...

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September 20, 2012 by Rachel DeLetto
The first medical center just for freelancers is coming to Brooklyn

Freelancers Union is renovating a bright, 6,000-square-foot space at 408 Jay Street in Fulton Mall for a November opening...

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September 18, 2012 by Diane Lund-Muzikant
Freelancers CO-OP of Oregon Partners with Providence Health System

The CO-OP will provide health coverage to the self-employed in Oregon.

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September 10, 2012 by Jeremy Heimans, Lee-Sean Huang
Join the Insurgency Against the Jobs Crisis

The question of how to get Americans working again is critical as unemployment takes its toll on families and...

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September 5, 2012 by The Daily Circuit
The rise of 'permatemps' in the workplace

More than 40 million Americans are freelance workers and temporary employment has grown more than 20 percent since the...

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September 3, 2012 by Sara Horowitz
How Do You Build a Union for the 21st Century?

The next generation of organized labor should be about something more than recovering middle-class wages. It should be about...

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August 31, 2012 by Sarah Harrison Smith
Striking a Work-Life Balance

Sara Horowitz, 49, the founder of the Freelancers Union, has a commitment to workers’ rights that runs several generations...

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August 31, 2012 by Mary Cat
ILR alumna goes from labor lawyer to freelancers union/insurance founder

Sara Horowitz, ILR '84, as executive director of the 180,000-member Freelancers Union she founded in 1995, helps define the...

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August 12, 2012 by Steven Wishnia
Temp Worker Nation - If You Do Get Hired, It Might Not Be for Long

Almost one-third of American workers now do some kind of freelance work—and they lack almost every kind of economic...

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August 2, 2012 by Warren Olney
Is Temporary Employment the New Normal?

Will temporary work be a permanent feature of the new economy?  Will some workers choose nomadic careers while others...

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July 6, 2012 by Theresa Riley
Organizing Workers in the Freelance Economy

Friday’s disappointing job numbers featured one glimmer of positivity: USA Today reports that the number of temporary employees rose...

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June 29, 2012 by Andrew Bell
Freelancers Embrace Healthcare Ruling, However Tentatively

Many freelance journalists writing about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act were not just...

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June 19, 2012 by Emi Kolawole
Job landscape changes spark new hybrid between corporate and non-profit worlds

The for- and non-profit landscapes are merging to create a new class of organization leader. Generally called social entrepreneurs,...

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June 11, 2012 by Personal Democracy Media
What 'Community' Must Learn from 'Solidarity'

Watch a video of founder Sara Horowitz's talk about community and solidarity from Personal Democracy Forum 2012.

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May 29, 2012 by The Brian Lehrer Show
Freelancers Collect

Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of Freelancers Union, talks about the proposed Freelancer Payment Protection Act.

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May 29, 2012 by Adam Bonislawski
Is the New Brooklyn Economy for Real?

Brooklyn is a blueprint for the country. Independent work—freelancing, part-time, consulting, temping, self-employment—has now surged to almost one-third of...

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May 22, 2012 by Sunday Steinkirchner
What to Do When a Client Doesn't Pay

A few weeks ago, The World’s Longest Invoice was created online. Small business owners and freelancers contributed their unpaid...

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May 22, 2012 by Sydney Beveridge
Freelancers Rally in Albany, Demand Payment Protection

“Get paid not played!” freelancers rallied at Albany today. They were there to lobby the state legislature to pass...

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May 22, 2012 by Nitasha Tiku
Disgruntled Freelancers Plan to Drop $16M in Unpaid Invoices on the Steps of the New York State Senate

Later this afternoon, members of the Freelancers Union are set to descend on the steps of the New York ...

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May 21, 2012 by Capital Tonight
Freelancers Union's Horowitz on World's Longest Invoice

The Freelancers Union says its members are owed about $16 million from various employers who never paid them for ...

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May 4, 2012 by Michael Garofalo
Hope for Freelancers

If you're job searching, a growing number of sites not only advertise freelance gigs, but help you build a ...

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May 4, 2012 by JoAnne Purtan
Power in numbers: how freelancers are making a power play for guaranteed pay, insurance and more

When you're a freelance worker, it's easy to feel on your own. In reality, you're part of a nation ...

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April 27, 2012 by Tara Kelly
World's Longest Invoice: Freelancers Union Kicks Off Campaign to Highlight Unpaid Work

The civic action campaign launched Thursday is led by the Freelancers Union--a non-profit organization that provides health insurance t...

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April 27, 2012 by Sara Horowitz
Check not in mail? How N.Y. can help freelancers get paid

The workforce is changing — and not just because unemployment remains stubbornly high. We’re all more likely to work...

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April 27, 2012 by Nona Willis Aronowitz
The World's Longest Invoice: Freelancers Union Declares War on Shady Clients

Legislation hasn't kept up with our economic reality, so contingent workers have little recourse when they get stiffed. Fortunately...

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April 27, 2012 by Olga Khazan
Freelancer group creates "World's Longest Invoice" of unpaid work

Hey, freelancers: Remember that Web design project that, once completed, unexpectedly became a “volunteer opportunity?” Or the business that...

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April 26, 2012 by John Tozzi
World's Longest Invoice Unlikely to Be Paid

Freelancers who don’t get paid until after their work is done always risk getting burned by clients. Brooke Dixon,...

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April 15, 2012 by Sara Horowitz
What People Earn: Who's the Boss? You Are!

Many of the folks on our list love being their own boss – there's no dress code, and they...

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April 14, 2012 by Alexandra Levit
The Rise of the Independent Work Force

Independent work is a choice that Ms. Johnson and I have made. Not every worker has, or will have,...

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April 6, 2012 by Sara Horowitz
'Let My People Bargain!' Why Moses Was History's First Union Representative

Exodus is a story about cruel labor conditions, workers' rights, and strong leaders, making Passover's hero a shop steward...

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April 2, 2012 by Dennis Nishi
Freelancers Need Focus

Whether you're planning to quit your job and freelance full time or are being forced to earn a living ...

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April 2, 2012 by James Bernstein
LI website aims to help freelancers get paid

The life of a freelancer -- writer, Web developer, or whatever -- is never easy. Brooke Dixon of Glen...

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April 2, 2012 by Ric Romero
Online resources for freelance workers

When you're a freelance worker, it's easy to feel on your own. In reality, you're part of a nation...

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March 27, 2012 by Anya Kamenetz
Tax tips for freelancers

According to the Freelancers Union, a support and advocacy group, one-third of the workforce can be considered independent --...

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March 13, 2012 by Sara Horowitz
The Dream of the 1890s: Why Old Mutualism Is Making a New Comeback

The values of this generation of independent-minded workers aren't wild and new. Instead, they represent a return to the...

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March 6, 2012 by Kafi Drexel
Plan to Provide City Freelancers Free Healthcare Gains Ground

The City Council is putting up an initial $100,000 to help build the Freelancers Union's first clinic to be...

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March 6, 2012 by Dan Rosenblum
Quinn tours a union health clinic that she hopes will be a model for freelancer care

As soon as this summer, the Freelancers Union plans to open a health clinic in Brooklyn which could eventually...

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March 5, 2012 by Sam Levin
Freelancers, Rejoice! Christine Quinn Pushes Forward With Health Center Plan

In her state-of-the-city address last month, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is expected to run for mayor, announced...

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February 29, 2012 by Marc Bussanich
Transient Taxes for Transit

The Hudson River Valley business community's chorus opposed to the MTA Payroll Tax rang all the way down to ...

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February 23, 2012 by NY1 News
Freelancers Union President Sounds Off on New Health Care Plan

In an interview with Inside City Hall's Errol Louis, the founder of Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz, sounds off about ...

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February 23, 2012 by Taunya English
New insurance options headed to New Jersey

In a way, the Quiet Revolution is a return to the basics, with a focus on community, health, ecology,...

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February 22, 2012 by Sherri Buri McDonald
Nonprofit insurer wins loans

Freelancers Union, a national membership group of independent workers, was awarded $59.48 million in low- and no-interest federal loans...

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February 21, 2012 by Harris Meyer
Feds Jump-Start Health Insurance Co-Ops with Loans

Seven organizations will receive a total of $639 million in federal low-interest loans to launch new, consumer-governed health insurance...

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February 21, 2012 by Fred Mogul
Freelancers Union Gets Federal Funds to Expand Insurance Coverage

A small local insurance company will receive federal loans to serve low-income people in the region who make too...

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February 21, 2012 by Joe Rojas-Burke
Oregon consumer-run health plan among the first out of the starting blocks

Freelancers CO-OP of Oregon, one of only seven so far to receive the competitive loans, is sponsored by Freelancers ...

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February 19, 2012 by Emily Glazer
Freelancers, Get the Perks of a Full-Timer

As a freelance art director without employer-sponsored health insurance, Anthony Scerri couldn't afford doctors' visits and medications to treat...

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February 1, 2012 by Ibby Caputo
Paying the Bills One 'Gig' at a Time

For those without jobs, the monthly unemployment numbers are just a reminder of the struggle to find work...and the...

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January 11, 2012 by Sara Horowitz
We Need an Entrepreneurial Presidency to Support Entrepreneurs

An open letter to the White House on behalf of the growing independent workforce of freelancers and start-ups.

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2011
December 6, 2011 by Sara Horowitz
Occupy Big Business: The Sharing Economy's Quiet Revolution

In a way, the Quiet Revolution is a return to the basics, with a focus on community, health, ecology,...

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December 6, 2011 by David Bornstein
Safety Nets for Freelancers

In this country, three subjects that are guaranteed to generate a heated debate are religion, politics and, you guessed...

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December 1, 2011 by David Bornstein
Health Care for a Changing Workforce

In the early 20th century, a landscape of new institutions – including the early labor unions and hundreds of civil...

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November 30, 2011 by Helen Coster
Forbes' List of the Top 30 Social Entrepeneurs

Sara Horowitz was working as a lawyer, didn't qualify for health insurance because she was considered a "freelancer," and started ...

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November 20, 2011 by Linley Taber
Stiffed: Fed up with payment problems, freelancers take aim at deadbeats

An estimated 44 percent of the country's 42 million independent workers experienced payment problems last year, according to a study...

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November 14, 2011 by Sara Horowitz
How the 19th Century's Occupy Wall Street Found a Message – and Won

Like the Eight-Hour Day Movement, Occupy Wall Street is pointing to the future of what our economy will look like.

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November 11, 2011 by Joel Stonington, Venessa Wong
What Do You Think Business Leaders Need to Learn?

As turmoil continues to shake the global economy, many ask, Who got us into this mess? Companies that were...

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November 4, 2011 by Laura Kusisto
Rolling the Dice on 'Co-Working'

The 74,000 square feet of space that Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey secured on Varick Street, not far from...

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September 26, 2011 by Ray Williams
A sea change in the workplace

Sara Horowitz, founder and chief executive of Freelancers Union, argues that the jobless future is already here. She points...

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September 23, 2011 by Sara Horowitz
Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty - Does Anybody Know the Way Out?

Many years ago, Freelancers Union ran ads on the NYC subway that read, "Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty" - a...

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September 10, 2011 by from the print edition
My big fat career: How individuals can survive in the new world of work

This may be the start of a "new mutualism movement" that will be very different from traditional trade unionism,...

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September 7, 2011 by Stacey Vanek Smith
More Americans shift to contract work

More Americans are tripping into the world of contract work and out of the traditional workplace. Some 42 million...

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September 5, 2011 by Sara Horowitz
A Jobs Plan for the Post-Cubicle Economy

Coming together in unions is another right attached to a job and not available to independent workers, meaning they...

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September 5, 2011 by Sara Horowitz
On Labor Day, a jobs vision for Obama: New ideas to help the independent workforce thrive

If the President is serious about reviving the jobs market, he needs to accept - and get the country...

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September 5, 2011 by Jane M. Von Bergen
A growing workforce trend: The nonemployee

Freelancers, independent contractors, consultants, day laborers working off the books for cash, contingent workers, temps, virtual assistants, free agents.

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September 1, 2011 by Sara Horowitz
The Freelance Surge is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time

Today, careers consist of piecing together various types of work, juggling multiple clients, learning to be marketing and accounting...

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August 26, 2011 by Vickie Elmer
When Income Is Freelance

With the job market still soft, many people have turned to contract or freelance work to pay the bills,...

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August 18, 2011 by John Tozzi
Freelancers Ask Government to Count Independent Workers

The number of so-called contingent workers hasn't been measured since 2005, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics last calculated...

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July 14, 2011 by Courtney Rubin
Survey: Payments Arriving More Slowly for Small Business

Some 40 percent of companies surveyed said money owed from customers, a.k.a. receivables, is coming in more slowly. Meanwhile,...

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July 13, 2011 by Laura Petrecca
Late payments plague small business

"This is a huge issue," says Sara Horowitz, executive director at Freelancers Union, a non-profit group that includes self-employed...

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July 6, 2011 by Sophia Hollander
Alumni Ties Get Healthier

Alumni associations aren't the only option: Since 2009, the Freelancers Union has operated a health-care company that serves 23,000...

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June 13, 2011 by Ilana Kowarski
Freelance jobs: Half of all new jobs in recovery?

Most freelancers will need help, says Sara Horowitz, founder of Freelancers Union, a nonprofit organization. Some of the steps...

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April 22, 2011 by Mitchell Hartman
Is health reform unleashing an entrepreneurial wave?

Under the Obama health plan, it's supposed to get easier to find and keep affordable insurance if you leave...

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March 28, 2011 by Lizzie Simon
Calling All Artists, Whoever You Are

In 2008, the New York City Occupational Employment Statistics officially tallied 1,200 fine artists, 1,470 dancers and 5,820 actors.

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February 26, 2011 by Vicki Needham
Labor Department gives better glimpse into the self-employed

As the economy struggles to create jobs, more workers are striking out on their own during the economic downturn...

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February 4, 2011 by Alana Semuels
Labor Department reveals more Americans are self-employed

New job figures released Friday might have been more meager than most economists had expected, but at least one...

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2010
December 15, 2010 by Elizabeth Dwoskin
Begging for Your Pay

What does $34,000 mean to a New Yorker? For Saldana it meant the difference between being able to send...

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November 5, 2010 by David Freedlander
Freelancers Do Victory Dance

The Freelancers Union is out with a release this morning crowing that their top priority candidates all won on...

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October 16, 2010 by Paul Davidson
Freelancers Labor on the Fringe of U.S. work force

Folks like Leonard Lamkin are part of an emerging, re-shaped freelance work force. Lamkin, 58, started doing independent contract...

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October 13, 2010 by Paul Davidson
Freelance workers reshape companies and jobs

Lancaster Advertising in Lewisville, Texas, used to have 15 employees, two office buildings and a loss on its balance...

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October 8, 2010 by Nitasha Tiku
42 Percent of Freelancers Have Trouble Getting Paid

A study by a Rutgers University economist revealed that 42 percent of New York State's 900,000 independent workers had...

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October 8, 2010 by Need to Know
A special report on the jobs crisis

This week on Need to Know, we bring you a special hour-long focus on jobs, with an in-depth look...

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August 29, 2010 by Daniel Massey
Ugh: the 'free' in freelance

For two years, Wendy Friedman has tried to collect the $15,000 she says she's owed for designing sweaters. She's...

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August 15, 2010 by Ginger Adams Otis
Union: Film firm a reel deadbeat

A bicoastal film and TV production company that works with "The Real Housewives of New York City" and "Inside...

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August 11, 2010 by Edward-Isaac Dovere
Freelancers back Schneiderman and Three Dozen Others In Bid to Build Political Influence

With 14 primary endorsements and another 25 general election endorsements to be released on Wednesday, the Freelancers Union is...

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July 30, 2010 by Kate Lister
Making the Most of Freelance Talent

Almost every company in America is outsourcing at least part of its work–but not always getting the results it...

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July 1, 2010 by Nell Porter Brown
Sticking to the Union

Labor advocate Sara Horowitz, M.P.A. ’95, saw the trend coming more than a decade ago and founded the national...

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June 24, 2010 by Aaron Rutkoff
New Bill Would Help Freelancers

Freelancers can face difficulties with one of the most rewarding aspects of their work: getting paid. Now new legislation...

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June 6, 2010 by Matthew Flamm
25 People to Watch

The daughter – and granddaughter – of union activists, Ms. Horowitz is taking labor advocacy into the digital age...

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May 30, 2010 by Kim Velsey
Disorganized Labor: Can Independent Contractors Come Together?

The economy lost some 2.5 million full time jobs in the past year. Independent contractors and temps have helped...

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May 11, 2010 by Derek Thompson
Building a 21st Century Safety Net

The American social safety net delivers most of its benefits, such as pensions and health care, through the workplace...

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April 26, 2010 by Joe Light
More Freelancers Fight to be Paid

For New York business consultant Christopher Santini, the pursuit for payment from one client has practically become a second...

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April 6, 2010 by Elizabeth Benjamin
Freelancers Don't Work for Free

The fast-growing Freelancers Union launched a campaign last week against deadbeat companies so writers, aspiring actors, graphic designers, health...

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February 18, 2010 by Tim Fleischer
Freelancing Becoming Popular Option

With it becoming more difficult to find full-time jobs, freelancing options are becoming more popular. "About 10 years ago...

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February 5, 2010 by Peter Coy, Michelle Conlin, Moira Herbst
Freelancers: America's New Workforce

Video: Founder of the Freelancers Union Sara Horowitz explains why the self-employed are a bigger factor in today's economy.

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2009
November 23, 2009 by Zeba Khan
A health care blow to the self-employed

Time magazine predicted earlier this year that by 2019, up to 40 percent of the workforce will be independent...

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October 20, 2009 by Sara Horowitz
Freelancers Union's model for healthcare reform

It is time for our country to reform the healthcare system in a way that doesn’t alienate a specific ...

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September 18, 2009 by Crain's
No free lunch: Group pays its political dues

For the first time, the Freelancers Union has injected itself into city elections, and so far it has ...

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July 16, 2009 by Diana Middleton
Freelancers' Guide to Getting Paid - on Time

To get paid, freelance workers may have to become collections agents—especially now. As some companies struggle to pay full-time...

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July 13, 2009 by Chris Erikson
Tax Relief for Freelancers

City freelancers have reason to celebrate the breaking of the State Senate logjam on Friday. Among the bills passed...

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May 4, 2009 by Jessica Dickler
Freelance is the new full-time

As unemployed Americans struggle to find full-time work, many will have to settle for positions that are easier to...

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April 28, 2009 by Sara Horowitz
NY Freelancers' Taxing Problem

Mayor Bloomberg has joined forces with Freelancers Union to push the state Legislature to reduce or eliminate the Unincorporated...

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April 6, 2009 by Laura Conaway
Planet Money Podcast

Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union suggests it's time for new ways of tracking, and helping, the nation's self-employed.

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March 23, 2009 by Amy Eddings
Unemployment Insurance for the Self-Employed?

Executive Director Sara Horowitz discusses what an unemployment system for the self-employed might look like. That's just one of...

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March 23, 2009 by Erik Engquist
Mayor details idea of freelancers' benefits

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Freelancers Union will work to develop a federal unemployment ...

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March 12, 2009 by from the print edition
Unions: In from the cold?

If the labour movement is to prosper, it must adopt different strategies and find ways to be relevant to...

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February 4, 2009 by Talk of the Nation
Piecing Together a Living in the Gig Economy

Listen to host Neal Conan, Sara Horowitz, executive director of Freelancers Union, and Tina Brown of The Daily Beast...

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February 3, 2009 by The Brian Lehrer Show
The Future of New York City

From Wall Street through Silicon Alley; from Times Square to Columbus Circle; the New York City economy is on...

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February 2, 2009 by Bob Moon
A safety net for the self-employed

The self-employed are traditionally left without an official safety net and are out of luck if work dries up. ...

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January 27, 2009 by Linda Stern
The New American Job

The future is one in which tying your identity to the companies you work for is getting more and...

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January 16, 2009 by David Seifman
Mike Will Target the Dirty Dozens

One proposal, to reduce or eliminate the unincorporated business tax for 17,000 filers, was immediately applauded by the Freelancers...

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January 15, 2009 by David W. Chen
With Nod to History, Bloomberg Sees Recovery

Among several ideas . . . was the mayor’s proposal to eliminate or reduce the Unincorporated Business Tax. The...

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2008
December 15, 2008 by Chris Erikson
Got'Em Covered

The new company will administrate health benefits directly to city-based members, functioning as an arm of the union, which...

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December 15, 2008 by Moira Herbst
Unemployment: Worse Than It Looks

Contract workers, sometimes known as freelancers or independent contractors, face a special set of problems when it comes to...

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December 10, 2008 by Vanessa Furhmans
Freelancers Union Takes Health Insurance In-House

The nonprofit organization has wielded its buying power to secure decent group rates from insurers ...

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December 8, 2008 by Anya Kamenetz
Freelancing Isn't Free

In mid November the New York City based nonprofit Freelancers Union announced that they were cutting out the middleman ...

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December 7, 2008 by Steven Greenhouse
Freelancers Balk at a Change in Health Benefits

As part of her vision to create a safety net for freelancers, Ms. Horowitz had long dreamed of creating...

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November 21, 2008 by Brian Lehrer
Freelance Security

As the economy takes a down-turn, more and more full-time employees are being fired; and more and more companies...

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November 21, 2008 by Daniel Massey
Freelancers Union forms health insurance company

The Freelancers Union has launched a health ...

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September 12, 2008 by Andrew J. Hawkins
In Search of Influence, Freelancers Union Dips Toe into Politics

A labor attorney with a background in union organizing, [Sara] Horowitz said the idea to grow the group's political...

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August 7, 2008 by Matt Schneiderman
Getting the job you want

Find your community. . . . Says [Sara] Horowitz, "Your network is good for support—and to help you through...

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July 31, 2008 by Steven Greenhouse
$70 Million Effort Seeks New Safety Net for Workers

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, an 80,000-member group based in Brooklyn that provides health and disability insurance...

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June 27, 2008 by Dalton Conley
Network Nation

There is lots of talk in progressive policy circles that we need a “New New Deal” or some other...

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June 23, 2008 by Steven Greenhouse
Labor Needs to Improve Conditions for Nonunion Workers, Official Warns

Ed Ott, the executive director of the New York City Central Labor Council . . . sees two working...

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June 15, 2008 by Carolyn Colwell
New York turns more to taxpayers

A number of nonprofit organizations are springing up to replicate the group-...

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June 15, 2008 by Carolyn Colwell
Curing young of invincibility complex

Of New York City’s 1.2 million uninsured in 2005-06, 27% were young adults ...

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April 19, 2008 by Farnoosh Torabi
My Company Doesn't Provide Health Insurance (Gulp!)

So how to independently buy insurance and avoid paying a fortune? . . . Join the Freelancers Union. Or ...

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March 27, 2008 by Marci Alboher
Finding Health Insurance if You Are Self-Employed

Many readers shared recommendations based on where they buy their insurance. . . . Another possibility for consultants and...

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March 11, 2008 by Tom Acitelli
This Gun for Higher: Brooklyn Freelance Frenzy

From 2002 through 2005, the number of self-employed creative freelancers in Brooklyn increased 33.2 percent, ...

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March 6, 2008 by Matthew Sherman
Creative Brooklynites Gather at Forum

Listen online: Coverage of a panel discussion sponsored by the Center for an Urban Future, where Sara Horowitz spoke...

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February 15, 2008 by David Brancaccio
Benefits Denied

Watch online: Part of NOW's "Enterprising Ideas" series, this episode focuses on Freelancers Union's efforts to update the social ...

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February 3, 2008 by Daniel Brook
Union Maid

For the one-third of the American workforce that freelances in some form, the traditional union model was no longer...

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January 23, 2008 by Lisa Napoli
All the work, none of the benefits

Listen online: Many companies are now hiring freelance workers to toil indefinitely with no promise of future benefits or...

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January 7, 2008 by Chris Erikson Battle Lines
Battle Lines

Where's the safety net for people working outside the corporate umbrella? Nobody spends more time pondering such questions than ...

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January 3, 2008 by Ralph Gardner Jr.
Home-Office Life and Its Discontents

[Renting] space in a communal office [is] an increasingly popular option for those who can afford it. According to...

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2007
December 14, 2007 by Ashley Milne-Tyte
Temps with Benefits

Listen online: With freelancing and consulting on the rise, Marketplace's Ashley Milne-Tyte learns about the growing movement among the...

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December 13, 2007 by Anya Kamenetz
Permalancers, Unite!

"'I've never seen people in this part of the workforce walk off their jobs like this," [Sara Horowitz] says...

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December 11, 2007 by Brian Stelter
Freelancers Walk Out at MTV Networks

The walkout highlighted the concerns of a category of workers who are sometimes called permalancers: permanent freelancers who work...

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November 13, 2007 by NPR
More Americans Choosing to Work from Home

Freelancers Union Executive Director Sara Horowitz appears as a guest on the NPR talk show.

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November 12, 2007 by Julie Appleby
Employer-provided insurance continues to decline

Sara Horowitz, founder and director of the Freelancers Union . . . says something needs to change, because the...

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November 4, 2007 by Matt Bai
Home-Office Politics

"If workers’ benefits weren’t tied to employers, then they could transition into independent status without fear of losing their...

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October 17, 2007 by John M. Bridgeland and Gary Andres
Independent Workers in '08

As presidential candidates roll out new health-care plans that rely on employers and government, they might ...

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August 31, 2007 by Carolyn Bigda
Teetering on the edge of insurance

Already missed the 63-day window to getting an individual policy without exclusions? Start by checking to see if an...

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August 7, 2007 by Cheryl Soltis
Uninsured Grads Risk Finances, Future Coverage

In June, the Freelancers Union, a national nonprofit that represents consultants, independent contractors, part-timers, ...

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June 10, 2007 by Tom Fredrickson
NY economy boom, defying U.S. trend

The addition in recent years of hundreds of thousands of self-...

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June 7, 2007 by If you're one of the growing number of people who work for yourself or can't get health insurance through
A New Option for Uninsured Self-Employed Workers

If you're one of the growing number of people who work for yourself or can't get health insurance through...

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May 24, 2007 by Scott Moody
A Tax that Tests Mayors

The UBT steals productive time and money from small businesses - the lifeblood of New York City's economy. Small...

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May 14, 2007 by Elizabeth Lazarowitz
Health care help for freelancers

Soaring health care costs can put you in a dangerous position financially, as well as physically. Getting into a ...

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April 29, 2007 by Diana Ransom
Freelancing's Office Side

One option is coverage through reputable trade associations and other groups. According to Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers...

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April 16, 2007 by Grace Rauh
Freelancers Target a Tax for Removal

The founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, which represents 50,000 independent workers in the city, Sara Horowitz,...

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April 3, 2007 by Amy Zimmer
The State of the Middle Class

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, said independent workers such as graphic designers and dancers are as middle-class...

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March 26, 2007 by David Amsden
The Young Invincibles

There was a time when a health plan symbolized something-you were making it-but now benefits are scarce at many...

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March 23, 2007 by John Seewer
Unions eye new sectors for growth

There are unions now that don't fit the traditional mold. The Freelancers Union, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., doesn't bargain...

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March 13, 2007 by Shazia Khan
Freelancers Union Helps Independent Workers Navigate Finance

Watch the segment online.

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February 7, 2007 by The Brian Lehrer Show
The New "U"

Listen online to an interview with Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz.

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January 27, 2007 by Steven Greenhouse
Labor Union, Redefined, for Freelance Workers

A former labor lawyer, Ms. Horowitz intends to form a forceful advocacy group for freelancers and independent contractors, the...

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January 21, 2007 by David K. Li
They Make It Work: Spike in Self-Employment Brings Perks

One of the biggest challenges for the self-employed is health insurance. Almost 60 ...

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January 3, 2007 by Radio Talent Zoo
The Hot Mic #8 - Freelancers Union

An audio interview with Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz.

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2006
December 1, 2006 by Tonya Garcia, Polya Lesova, Josie Swindler, and Kathryn Tuggle
Class of '07: The Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award Winners

A sort of union for independent workers. At its ...

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November 9, 2006 by from the print edition
Freelancers of the world, unite!

Not for nothing has Ms Horowitz been described as the 'quintessential example' of a social entrepreneur--someone ...

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November 6, 2006 by Barbara Ehrenreich and Tamara Draut
Downsized but Not Out

We are working with other groups, such as the National Employment Lawyers Association (nela.org) and the Freelancers' Union (freelancersunion.org)...

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November 1, 2006 by Caroline Howard
Moms Who Save the World

Sara's mission is to protect the interests of the newest member of the labor family: independent workers, who make...

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August 24, 2006 by Jonathan Mandell
Fringe Benefits

If, for many people, talk of "performing artists" conjures up images of, say, Jodie Foster at the Oscars (or,...

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April 29, 2006 by Terry Teachout
Get a Life - Somewhere Else

It's no secret . . . that the tax code is especially hard on free-lancers of all kinds. ...

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2003
June 3, 2003 by Kemba J. Dunham
Free-lancers of the World 'Unite' For Work and Benefits

Free-lancer workers, a scattered but growing portion of the labor force, now have a labor advocate ...

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2002
December 1, 2002 by Bryan Mealer
The Big Idea: Insurance for Everyone

The first thing you need to know about Sara Horowitz is that she loves insurance. She loves the philosophy...

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October 2, 2002 by Stephanie Strom
Health Insurance for Freelancers

Working Today looks poised to be a model for delivering health insurance and other benefits in a new way,...

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