How to find gigs on Twitter

How to find gigs on Twitter

So you’ve appealed to your network and made a habit of checking job boards each morning, but still...no gigs.

Sound familiar? It might be time to try something a little different.

Twitter is an invaluable tool for communicating with companies and individuals you don’t already know and...

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Why freelancing is like jazz

Why freelancing is like jazz

Ask 50 people what jazz is, and you’ll get 50 different answers. But I think most people would agree with Wynton Marsalis’ definition that jazz is music that swings, or perhaps Louis Armstrong’s definition: “If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.”

I’ve...

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Self-publishing tips for freelancers

Self-publishing tips for freelancers

by Cat Agonis, author of Chicken on the Hudson

It’s no wonder self-publishing is appealing to the boss-free, independent workforce: you have total control over how your book is marketed and designed, you don’t have to share profits with an agent, and you have creative liberty on the...

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Should freelancers work with a staffing or temp agency?

Should freelancers work with a staffing or temp agency?

As an independent worker, you understand how great it is to be your own boss, stay flexible, and achieve a better work/life balance. But there are some not-so-easy things about freelancing: constantly marketing yourself, following up on late payments, no benefits, etc.

This is why many freelancers find a...

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The happiness paradox: wanting to be happy may make you unhappy, studies find

The happiness paradox: wanting to be happy may make you unhappy, studies find

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.” -John Stuart Mill, 1873

New research suggests that the pursuit of happiness may not have its intended effect: the desire to be happy actually makes you less happy.

As entrepreneurs, we deal with...

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How this nail artist turned a hobby into a thriving freelance business

How this nail artist turned a hobby into a thriving freelance business

Ashley CroweFor artist Ashley Crowe, canvases come in stylish sets of 10. Though she didn't initally think her talent for nail art would lead to a career, she followed her passion wholeheartedly and now has a thriving freelance business. 

Ashley is a designer manicurist based in Chicago, as well as...

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How to refuel with creative routines: A freelance writer's daily practice

How to refuel with creative routines: A freelance writer's daily practice

Freelancers tend to have rituals to get them through the day. Whether it's listening to Elton John on repeat (Tiny Dancer, anyone?) or drinking a soy mocha latte at 8am, your brain gladly responds to the trigger and your workday officially begins.

Like your favorite latte, day-to-day habits can...

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16 Ways freelancers can help one another

16 Ways freelancers can help one another

When Sara Horowitz was misclassified as an independent contractor twenty years ago, she decided to band together with other misclassified workers to start a Union with the belief that when freelancers help one another, we’re all stronger.

Today, the same principle holds true. When freelancers connect and help one...

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7 Ways to get repeat freelance clients

7 Ways to get repeat freelance clients

What’s better than a new client inquiry in your inbox? An old client who wants to work with you again.

Repeat clients are great because there's less of a client “onboarding” process, you both know each others’ expectations, and you spent $0 marketing to them.

Here are 7...

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Libraries support entrepreneurship and economic growth, studies find

Libraries support entrepreneurship and economic growth, studies find

It’s National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014) and at Freelancers Union, we’re thinking of all the ways that we’re thankful for our public libraries in supporting our communities, our economy, and our fellow independent artists and writers.

But don’t just listen to us: the latest academic...

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