Are You Ready to Jelly?

jelly4.jpg Worldwide Jellyweek is a global coworking celebration that’s taking place from January 16-22. Never heard of a Jelly? Think of it as a free introduction to the world of coworking.

Jellies are casual, self-organized meetups where freelancers can come together to work, brainstorm, collaborate, or simply escape their home...

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Should We Be Going Dutch?

dutch.jpgWe just had the pleasure of our first meeting with Linde Gonggrijp, the director of FNV Zelfstandigen, which is the independent-worker arm of the Dutch Trade Union Federation.

Though the FNV is a traditional trade union with a history of focusing on craftsmanship, Linda is interested in questions of how...

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Microinsurance: Learning from Insuring the Poor

micro.jpgAt Freelancers Union, we’re always looking to learn more about innovative methods of community-building and social justice. Recently, we were fortunate to have health insurance guru Rick Koven, who has worked with Freelancers Union to build our benefits over the last 10 years, give a presentation on international efforts...

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Skyping with UK Freelancers

sara.JPGIt’s amazing what you can accomplish with technology in a single morning. Instead of spending hours flying over the Atlantic, I was able to “meet” (via Skype) with staffers from PCG (Professional Contractors Group), a London-based professional association for freelancers, contractors, and consultants. I had been fortunate enough to...

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Freelancing in the UK, Part 3: "The Voice of Freelancing"

The last item on my tour of freelance London was a visit with the PCG (Professional Contractors Group), "the voice of freelancing in the UK." They are, as far as I can see, the only freelancers group that is as formally structured, staffed, and financed an organization in the world...

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Freelancing in the UK, Part 2: Out of the Cubicle, Into the Cube

I met with THE CUBE today. If you had asked me before, I would have said it's a co-working site -- but that was before I met founder Araceli Camargo. To the extent I understand, she's working off theories based in neurology and other “-ologies” to promote what just...

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Freelancing in the UK: They're Just Like Us

I just met with Helen James from FreelanceUK. FreelanceUK helps freelancers with one of their top needs: finding work. For 5 pounds (about $8) per month their members are able to market their portfolios online, an additional marketing avenue that has proven to help get work.

Their members, just like...

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