Taking Pride in Your Work

Freelancers know all about unpaid wages. We’ve even got the stories to prove it.

 

It’s frustrating to deal with what boils down to a simple business transaction. Time + services + goods rendered should = payment. Right? We all need to make a living and these days that usually means dealing...

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Payment Protection - Firsts Are Never Easy

Unfortunately, the New York State Legislature ended its session without passing the Freelancer Payment Protection Act.

 

Breaking new ground is never easy. When it passes, the Freelancer Payment Protection Act will be the first law in the nation to protect freelancers from deadbeat clients and its ripples will be felt...

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Pick Up the Phone and Get Paid

In the years since I founded Freelancers Union, one of the most common refrains I’ve heard from independent workers is the struggle to get paid for work they’ve done.

It’s unconscionable – and we can change it today.

We have three weeks left to make New York the...

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The World's Longest Thank You

Throughout the past month, the voices of freelancers have been building. Almost 4,000 freelancers added their unpaid wages totaling $15.9 million to the The World’s Longest Invoice and shared their stories on tumblr. On May 22, the conversation will come to a head as busloads of independent...

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The World's Longest Invoice: Shout it from the Rooftops

The World's Longest Invoice: Shout it from the Rooftops

 

Chances are a deadbeat client has stiffed you out of hard-earned cash. You’re not alone – and starting today, you can do something about it.

Tell the world how much you’re owed on The World’s Longest Invoice.

It’s a tool we launched today that will allow us...

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#GetPaidNotPlayed

Wow. Since we kicked off the #GetPaidNotPlayed conversation yesterday with a simple question – What’s your worst deadbeat client story? – hundreds of freelancers have jumped in.

Their stories are shocking – from a guy who still hasn’t been paid for making a video of a couple’s Times Square marriage...

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Getting Stiffed: An Infographic

If you’re a freelancer, chances are you’ve been stiffed by a client. (Your chances are 40%, in fact.) And if you haven’t, chances are (3 in 4) you will be eventually. Perhaps you’ll say, “Well, that’s just the cost of doing business” or, “It’s...

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The Freelance Life: Ways to Get Paid

The Freelance Life is our collection of member stories. It’s a resource that encourages you to celebrate your unique path and share what you’ve learned along the way – or benefit from the wisdom of others’ experiences.

money.jpg Freelancers Union member Andrew Karp has been a successful independent worker for...

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The Art of Negotiation

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All too often, I hear freelancers say that the deck is stacked against them when it comes to defining the terms of a new gig, and they feel reluctant to press their luck. After all, what leverage does a freelancer have when times are tough and the market is flooded...

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Getting Played, Not Paid? Use a Contract.

You’ve finished your assignment, you’ve submitted your invoice, and then you wait…. and wait….. and…wait for your check. If phone calls or emails didn't work, you may have even considered going after your clients with butterfly nets or handcuffs. And still, no check. Instead of getting...

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