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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How to stay healthy and happy while flying

How to stay healthy and happy while flying

By Laura Teti, Health Coach at Freelancers Medical

Traveling on a plane these days can be stressful in more ways than one.  Make your next inflight experience a healthier and more enjoyable journey by taking these health precautions during your flight. Bon voyage!

Boost your immune system

Be well: healthy...

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How to use reviews and testimonials to land more clients

How to use reviews and testimonials to land more clients

Most freelancers find clients by word-of-mouth. So you should all understand the power of your previous client talking about you -- it’s the most effective marketing tool you can’t buy.

When you write content for your website, portfolio, or social media accounts, don’t forget to capitalize on the...

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6 Ways Leonardo da Vinci makes us feel good about freelancing

6 Ways Leonardo da Vinci makes us feel good about freelancing

Today in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born.

Though da Vinci specialized in painting, he was also a sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, geologist, cartographer, anatomist, botanist, and writer. So yeah, he liked to keep himself busy. As any freelancer knows, being a jack-of-all-trades is an important part of...

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