6 Tips to Grow Your Small Business

6 Tips to Grow Your Small Business

What do you get when you combine what you’re passionate about with your personal values? A successful business model!

Kate Goldwater is a fashion designer and owner of the NYC clothing store, AuH2O Thriftique. She opened AuH2O’s first location in the East Village right out of college, and...

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As the Sharing Economy Grows, Airbnb Renters can Breathe a Sigh of Relief

As the Sharing Economy Grows, Airbnb Renters can Breathe a Sigh of Relief

Photo by Kevin Krejci

This past week, another chapter in the story of the sharing economy was written.

Have you heard of RelayRides, Airbnb or Etsy? They’re just a few of the organizations that make up the sharing economy. They’re platforms that are allowing people to make extra...

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Feeling a Financial Crunch? You're Not Alone

Feeling a Financial Crunch? You're Not Alone

Have you recently found it harder to make ends meet? Well, a lot of people might be in the same boat.

The New York Times recently published a piece pointing out that while average American income remained flat during the last quarter of 2013, spending increased.

If you’re anything...

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This Freelancer Decided to Give Away 100% of His Work. What Happened Next is Inspiring.

This Freelancer Decided to Give Away 100% of His Work. What Happened Next is Inspiring.

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What happened if you stopped charging clients? No contracts, no fees, no negotiations. You would give your work to clients.

You would expect to go broke pretty quickly, right?

That’s exactly what freelance web designer Adrian Hoppel thought in 2012, when he decided to operate his business...

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What did you Learn in your First Year of Freelancing

What did you Learn in your First Year of Freelancing

We all begin our freelance journey in different ways. Some of us were born knowing that we didn’t deal well with bosses, others were forced into it due to the recession, while many effortlessly managed to turn their side gig into a sustainable freelance career. However you got here...

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Who is the 360 Freelancer in your Life?

Who is the 360 Freelancer in your Life?

The Freelancers Pyramid of Self-Actualization has been revealed! If you still want to figure out where you are on the pyramid, check out this post.

No matter what level you’ve reached, set your eyes to the top: the 360 Freelancer. These types of people are an inspiration to freelancers...

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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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Reflections on My First Year of Full-Time Freelancing

Reflections on My First Year of Full-Time Freelancing

By Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith is a financial writer and community builder who blogs at CarefulCents.com. She's on a mission to help solopreneurs and small business owners earn more money in less time. Find her on Twitter (@carefulcents).

At the end of 2010, my personal and professional life...

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What's Your Theme Song for 2014?

What's Your Theme Song for 2014?

Wouldn’t life be better if we all had our own personal theme songs? Indiana Jones had one, as did James Bond, and clearly freelancers, who share their fearless sense of adventure, need one too. It’s about time you had one!

We asked our members what their theme song...

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Winner Announced! Journey Forth, Freelancers Contest

Winner Announced! Journey Forth, Freelancers Contest

Last week, we announced that Freelancers Union is sending one lucky freelancer on a New Mutualist vacation to San Francisco. Over a thousand freelancers entered, and today we have a winner!

The winner is Merva Faddoul, a project manager, writer, film director, and social activist from New York. Congrats, Merva...

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