More Links than a Debutante's Charm Bracelet

Maybe because of the back-to-school feeling in the air, it was an especially good week for blogging about freelance ideas, trends, inspiration and strategies. Michelle Goodman of the Anti-9-to-5 Guide has six good tips for newbie freelancers on things like networking and time management, and she pointed me to 10...

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The New Social Contract

Anyone who's interested in the big ideas behind the Freelancers Union should check out David Brooks' NYT column today. It's behind a paywall so I'll quote:

"The old employer-based social contract is eroding and the central domestic policy debate of our time is over how to replace...

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Independent Working Mothers

As reported by the Salon blog Broadsheet, the Labor Day cover story for US News and World Report is "mompreneurs," an icky word for an interesting phenomenon. It seems that nearly 75% of the country's 10 million women-owned businesses have one employee. Educated, skilled women who have kids are...

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An Actor's Life

Over the weekend the New York Times Arts and Leisure section profiled five working theater actors on the tough economics of pursuing their passion. One, David Greenspan, spoke for them all when he said, "I don’t know of a period where people, expect for a very lucky few or...

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Take This Boss And Shove Him!

According to the LA Times, "The ranks of bullying bosses are growing, some experts contend, as short-staffed companies tap managers with lousy people skills."

Movies like The Devil Wears Prada and the upcoming The Nanny Diaries are enshrining the evil boss in pop culture. You can vent online at sites...

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Stay at Home or Work from Anywhere?

Two fascinating articles in the New York Times this week related in very different ways to the Freelancers Union's mission. The first was about "Location-neutrals" or professionals who can work from anywhere, and are thus choosing to relocate with their families from big cities to homier communities with lots...

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How to Find New Work

Last week I met up for coffee with a friend from college on a mission to pick my brain. He's a radio journalist conducting an unusually thorough search for new work. He came to New York City for a week from his home in Texas and got in touch...

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Why We Live With the P.E.O.

A friend of mine who is an independent contractor recently had her first brush with a Professional Employer Organization, or employee leasing organization. These innovations of the contingent worker era serve as the employer of record when a business wants workers but doesn't want to hire them directly. They...

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Freelancing Around The World

Several tidbits of news illustrate how freelancing is becoming a more popular option worldwide.

From Canada, a columnist who has been looking for work for 4 months, after 22 years behind a desk, decides he may just prefer freelancing after all. "There are lots of advantages to being on your...

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The Workplace of the Future

I'm at a business conference on the "Net Generation" , speaking tomorrow on a panel titled "The Workplace of the Future." One of the points I plan to make is that young people don't necessarily expect to have a workplace that is a physical space at all. Many of...

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