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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Breath of Fresh Air

Breath of Fresh Air

After the longest, most expensive election “season” ever, you’re probably like me and everyone else in the country – eager to step back and catch your breath.

At the same time, we’re all asking ourselves what the election results will actually mean in our lives. We can try to...

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Accounting for What Matters

Accounting for What Matters

What if the things that really mattered…mattered on the balance sheet?

Last week in the New York Times blog, economist Nancy Folbre had a great meditation on our economic system’s flawed accounting systems. She wonders how our world would look if we included social costs and benefits in...

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We Heart Credit Unions!

Here at Freelancers Union we heart mutualism - people coming together to collectively solve the problems they face. Applied to the banking sector, it means we really heart credit unions. Credit unions are cooperatively-owned financial institutions that, unlike conventional banks, are not-for-profit institutions. This enables credit unions to prioritize the needs...

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Bartering for Health Care

Is it just me, or have you noticed more programs where you can barter art or manual labor in exchange for health care or dental work? I first read about this last year in DailyFinance, which outlined a program in which people could earn credits for each hour they devoted...

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Preventing the Next Great Recession

sara.JPGIt’s hard to ignore the signs: One percent of the population controls 40% of the wealth in this country. Financial institutions, after a decade of living large off riskier and riskier bets, are passing along costs to consumers. The unemployment rate for people under the age of 30 is...

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Toward a New Mutualism

When you pick up your veggies from your CSA you’re doing it.  When you make a connection on Craigslist you’re doing it. You’re even doing it when you edit an entry on Wikipedia.

What is it? It’s all of us collaboratively building solutions to the problems...

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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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What Defines Freelance Culture?

sara.JPGI’ve been thinking a lot about “culture” lately, and what the culture of freelancers is. I’ve been reading Margaret Mead’s autobiography, Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years. As a cultural anthropologist, she helped Americans in the 1960s and 1970s think about our own culture by focusing on Samoan...

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