From Doormat to Matador: 5 Things Freelancers Can Learn from House of Cards

From Doormat to Matador: 5 Things Freelancers Can Learn from House of Cards

(The image above stands for FREELANCERS UNION, clearly.)

**Potential spoilers ahead.**

As upstanding, moral freelance citizens, you may be skeptical about what House of Cards’ Francis Underwood and a cast of conniving characters can teach you about anything.

But in Season 2, when Frank famously says:

It got us thinking...

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Six Critical Questions to Ask Yourself When Filing Your Tax Return

Six Critical Questions to Ask Yourself When Filing Your Tax Return

by Jonathan Medows

It’s the time of year that many freelancers hate—tax season. The time of year that you drag your dreaded tax documents and expense receipts into the light of day to support the preparation of your tax return. While you may not relish the obligation of...

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5 Simple Ways Freelancers Tell Us They Manage Stress

5 Simple Ways Freelancers Tell Us They Manage Stress

By Katherine Hamill

It may be more fulfilling than a 9-to-5 job, but freelancing also has its traps; the downside of making your own schedule is that it’s easy to never fully escape from ‘work’ mode.

With that in mind, we asked a few busy freelancers how they manage...

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Planning for Growth: It Starts on Day One

Planning for Growth: It Starts on Day One

By Ryan Oakes

A freelancer for 25+ years, Ryan Oakes says he’s never had a “real” job. His childhood interest in magic turned into a globe-trotting career with a long list of blue-chip clients. Ryan has been profiled in numerous media, including Forbes FYI and The New York Times...

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You Are In Control

You Are In Control

By Katie Lane (reprinted from her blog)

This guest blog post was written by Katie Lane, an attorney and negotiation consultant who helps freelancers and independent artists protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do. Combining a background in theatre, years of experience negotiating multi-million dollar...

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If There Were a Freelance Olympics...

If There Were a Freelance Olympics...

by Katherine Hamill

Yes – elite athletes are very impressive. Can I do backflips on slippery surfaces while balancing on a pair of razor-thin metal blades? No, technically, I cannot.

But shouldn’t the rest of us get a chance to medal, without having to jump off of mountains or travel...

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Come to our Pop-Up Coworking Week in NYC!

Come to our Pop-Up Coworking Week in NYC!

NYC freelancers -- tired of feeling cooped up inside? Want a change of pace from your usual office or coffee shop? Come join us at Freelancers Union's first-ever Pop-up Coworking Week at Freelancers Union Hall - Manhattan location!

Starting next Monday, you’re invited to come steal our WiFi, meet other...

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QUIZ: What Type of Freelancer Are You?

QUIZ: What Type of Freelancer Are You?

Last week, Freelancers Union launched The Freelancers Pyramid of Self-Actualization, a nifty guide to help you rise through the ranks of freelance awesomeness, transcend dry spells, find independence nirvana, and achieve lofty “360 Freelancer” status.

But to know where you’re going, you must learn where you are. So take...

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Tax Advice for Freelancers in 2014: What ACA & New Home-Office Calculations Mean for You

Tax Advice for Freelancers in 2014: What ACA & New Home-Office Calculations Mean for You

by Jonathan Medows

Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers across the country. He has a resource section with how-to articles specifically for the self-employed at his website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com.

It’s a new year and that means...

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The Reluctant Networker

The Reluctant Networker

By Tiffany Estes

Tiffany Estes is the principal of Whole Brain Creative, Inc, a marketing and communications firm. She has over 20 years of professional experience, including positions in graphic design, marketing communications, and marketing and advertising management. 

I hate networking—that is, networking as I used to think of...

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