Navigating a Tough Economy: Giving Back and Gaining Skills

Every so often I come across a cool volunteer organization in need of help that cooresponds with many of our members skills and interets. Last week I stumbled across Free Arts NYC, a fantastic organization based in Harlem that helps bring art and creative expression to undeserved neighborhoods throughout NYC...

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The truth behind those unemployment rates

Over the past few years, we’ve surveyed thousands of independent workers about their employment situations and found that a significant portion are working, but not as much as they would like to, figures which have increased in recent times. That’s why it was no surprise when I spotted...

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Unpaid wages: How to collect

Freelancers, by the gig-to-gig nature of their work have episodic incomes. This is exacerbated by the fact that many also have difficulty collecting their wages due. This is a pervasive issue we’ve seen in our membership, and Freelancers Union Executive Director Sara Horowitz spoke to this point in an...

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Ding dong, the UBT is (almost) dead

Friday, July 10th 2009 will always be remembered as a big day in Freelancers Union history.

You may have gotten an email from Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union Executive Director, on announcing that after a long month with no action, the New York State Senate finally passed our Unincorporated Business...

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Social entrepreneurship gets its due

Freelancers Union Executive Director Sara Horowitz recently attended a White House event on social entrepreneurship in which President Obama commended innovative nonprofit organizations and outlined a plan for the nonprofit, government, and private sectors to work together to reach sustainable solutions for pressing issues affecting our communities. During the event...

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What’s Your Declaration of Independence?

I recently came across A Freelance Writer’s Declaration of Independence, which primarily focused on joining together “with the likes of mind” to achieve freedom from the “tyranny” of unfairly low pay. Of course, nothing makes us happier than seeing workers come together to create a better, fairer labor force...

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Creative Freelancer Conference in San Diego

I’m sure you’re just getting into the groove of July, but you should set your sights on August. HOW and Marketing Mentor are presenting the 2nd annual Creative Freelancer Conference in San Diego from August 26-28. During this three-day conference, a team of creative business experts will share...

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When will the self-employed get a (tax) break?

I know we’ve been focusing a lot on the Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT) lately, which acts as an unfair double tax (taxing income as both business and personal income) for sole proprietors doing business in New York City. I also wanted to bring to your attention another tax that...

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Freelancers left in the lurch

Unfortunately, we hear it all the time. “I work for a client who hasn’t paid me in months” or “The company I’ve been freelancing for never paid me.”

One particularly egregious story recently emerged about Inkwell Publishing Solutions, which left about 50 freelancers without their owed wages (totaling...

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Beekeeping in Brooklyn

Maybe it’s because of our subway ads and the logo, or maybe it’s because people know how independent and energetic our members are, but I know many people who hear Freelancers Union and think, “Oh, the bee people!"

That is why a story in the New York Times...

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