Donate to Haiti

Our hearts go out to those in Haiti who are suffering so much. We are trying to find ways for freelancers to help, and I invite you to visit our Get Involved page to donate to the relief efforts.

I know this is a difficult financial time, and not everyone...

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Build Your Marketing Machine

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to grow your business and get new clients, you’ll need a strategy and a marketing plan, which is where we come in. Freelancers Union’s January 20 seminar in NYC, Build Your Marketing Machine, shows you how to expand your...

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Feedback from Fantastic Freelancers

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our last survey of people’s awareness and perception of Freelancers Union, and we’d like to thank those of you who took part. Here are a few choice morsels:


  • Most of you aren’t aware of the discounts that are available...

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Looking for a gig?

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You may have noticed that the gigs section of the Freelancers Union website has changed. Although the old gigs section received a lot of traffic, members told us that they had trouble linking up with good jobs. So we’ve shaken things up and added a few new features: improved...

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Bookkeeping Basics

It’s often challenging being a freelancer (can I get an “amen”?), but some aspects don’t have to be. Freelancers Union is offering a seminar series this spring to help you more efficiently conduct your business, starting off with an online seminar (or webinar, if you will), Bookkeeping Basics...

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When do we become a movement?

I'm one of those people who never saw On the Waterfront . . . or any Marlon Brando film, for that matter. I don't know how many like me there are out there, but it doesn't make me feel very cool. So I'm trying to correct that. Actually, my...

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Freelancer benefit tomorrow (January 7)

This week, you can make a huge difference for one uninsured freelancer.

Accessing affordable health insurance is by far one of the greatest obstacles that freelancers face. In fact, 47% of respondents to Freelancers Union’s 2009 advocacy survey said it was their greatest work obstacle—above a lack of...

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Temp workers leading the way to recovery?

I just came across this recent New York Times article that highlighted something we’ve been hearing from members for some time: as the economy begins to recover, employers are not re-hiring people that were laid off or taking on full-time employees; instead, they are turning to temp workers or...

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Good things to you

Wishing all you freelancers, temps, independent contractors, part-timers, and self-employees a happy, merry, joyous, festive, healthy, hearty, peaceful, productive, cozy, restorative, restful, and loving holiday season and new year. At least those are the things on this blogger's wish list.

So what's on yours?

Send your story, wish...

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Self-employed get a boost in Canada

Just this week, Canada moved toward making self-employment more equitable, with Parliament passing the “Fairness for the Self-Employed Act”. Beginning on January 31, 2010, Canada’s 2.6 million self-employed workers can sign up for access to Employment Insurance benefits which they can begin utilizing as soon as January 1...

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