4 ways banking can boost your freelance business

4 ways banking can boost your freelance business

Many freelancers start their businesses “unofficially,” picking up a few gigs on the side and handling any earnings through their personal business accounts.

This may be fine in the beginning, but if you make a majority of your income on 1099s, it may be time to get official and open...

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6 Budgeting Tips for Freelancers

6 Budgeting Tips for Freelancers

by Ken Bickel

Budgeting your finances as a freelancer is essential to your survival. Every independent worker longs for absolute and lasting success, but until you achieve it, there are plenty of ways to make a stable living – but only if you manage your finances properly. Devote the appropriate amount...

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Hurricane Irene Damage Makes Mutualism Real

corn-field.jpgAt Freelancers Union HQ in Brooklyn, New York, we waited for Hurricane Irene's approach with fearful anticipation. Would it just be an adventure, building a grown-up fort of flashlights and water in our living rooms, or something worse? Our office is located close to water - would it be at...

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Why Buy When You Can Swap?

caveman.gifOut of the many depressing and mind-numbing statistics, stories, and trends floating around in the recession, there is one which inspires hope: a growing economy based on trust, community, environmentalism, and smart consumerism.

It’s been called the “sharing economy” and “collaborative consumption.” We talk about it as part of...

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Help Build the Collaborative Economy

Editor's note: Amy's questions at the end of this post sparked a conversation at Splashlife.com, so be sure to check out the comments there after reading.

collaborative-economy.jpgHow to create a collaborative economy has been tapping at my brain for a while, but I haven’t cracked the...

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Visual Effects Society Steps Up and Takes On Hollywood Over Benefits, Working Conditions and Credits

visual-effects-logo.png When the director gets back from location and sees a microphone-in-picture or a lighting case not supposed to be there, you have a problem. That’s when you go looking for a VFX artist. That same VFX artist can also let a bald guy grow an afro or make aliens...

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Happy Small Business Week!

Are you a small business owner (sole proprietors count)? Well, it’s time to celebrate you! May 16-20 is National Small Business Week, which has been celebrated for nearly fifty years. Who knew? There are approximately twenty-seven million small businesses in the U.S., and they create up to eighty...

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Carving Out Your Niche - and Cashing In

I say “nitch”; you might say “neesh”. Either way, one thing that would-be entrepreneurs need to focus on is either taking advantage of the niche opportunities available or carving out your own niche. According to a recent Forbes article, mass market business models won’t grow nearly as fast as...

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Happy Tax Day! How Did Freelancers (and GE) Fare?

Today's the day we make sure America can pay its teachers and pave its roads. That's how you think about it, right? Me too. This was the second year Freelancers Union built tax-specific resources pages to aggregate all the tips and resources we could find, not to mention...

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Big Companies Moving Toward Independent Workers?

IBM, which employs about 400,000 people around the globe, is reportedly considering converting three quarters of its permanent staff to contractors over the next seven years, according to Personnel Today. While an IBM spokesman denies that there are any such plans, it's hard to imagine there have not...

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