Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find

Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find

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One of the greatest things about freelancing is that although we’re often very busy, we can choose to be “off” during 9-5 hours. This means that we can visit uncrowded museums and attend other midday events, which are often hellish on the weekends.

Here...

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The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

There are moments that change everything.

One hundred three years ago today was one of those moments.

Just before 5 pm on March 25, 1911, a passerby saw smoke coming from the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory at 29 Washington Street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

The hundreds...

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4 Games that make you a better entrepreneur

4 Games that make you a better entrepreneur

Becoming a successful entrepreneur or freelancer requires a broad range of skills -- from budgeting to salesmanship to negotiating. These are skills that I never learned in a classroom.

Can I learn them by playing a game?

I believe that the countless hours I’ve spent raising civilizations from the dust...

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Why is getting paid by clients always so difficult?

Why is getting paid by clients always so difficult?

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I’ve yet to meet a freelancer who was paid on time, every time.

But whose fault is it? Is it the people or is it the system? Here are the most common culprits of late payments:

1. “The project still needs to be approved by the...

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The red line: single or double quotes?

The red line: single or double quotes?

Dear Freelance Editor,

Behold, my nemesis; the key above perturbs and confuses me. The familiar and comforting “, hanging over the completely mysterious ‘.  

When should I use single quotation marks? I work as a freelance blogger for a couple of clients, and I’m always unsure when to use ‘. It always...

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Why honesty and criticism are good for your freelance business

Why honesty and criticism are good for your freelance business

Are you leading an open, honest business?

An honest freelancer doesn’t just not lie about their skill level or their resume. An honest freelancer also sets reasonable expectations, isn’t afraid to share an opinion when it’s asked for, admits when they make a mistake, and is open...

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O Pioneers! Voyage forth in the new economy

O Pioneers! Voyage forth in the new economy

As an independent, self-made entrepreneur, you’re not looking for big capital investments. You don’t want to go to conferences with business PowerPoints. You’re not looking to have a staff of hundreds or an office in downtown.

You just want to do what you love, as much as...

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Map the Quiet Revolution in Your City

Map the Quiet Revolution in Your City

The Quiet Revolution is rising up in every corner of this country -- our map proves it! Thanks to the submissions of our members, we now know hundreds of places that are connecting and empowering the new workforce.

The “How to be a Quiet Revolutionary” map features any place that’s...

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How to save the world with vinegar

How to save the world with vinegar

By Ashlee Christian

Given that you are a freelancer, I know that you are a trailblazer. You are someone who is squarely in charge of your own destiny, and someone who cares about things that are local, sustainable, and just plain good because you are a Quiet Revolutionary. Way to...

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5 Tips for turning your passion into a business

5 Tips for turning your passion into a business

One of the most difficult things about freelancing is the process of actually getting started. Whether it’s deciding when to quit your day job, finding your first client, or simply determining what your service to clients will be, the first step is often the hardest.

With all of this...

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