Freelancing 101: How to Begin Getting Clients

Freelancing 101: How to Begin Getting Clients

Growing a solid client/gig roster may seem daunting at first, but the truth is, there is one thing we all can all do immediately to get clients: build a great network. A large, diverse professional (and personal) network is a freelancer’s first and best weapon in the fight...

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Getting Started: The 7 Knows

Getting Started: The 7 Knows

Continuing the conversation of #WeAreWhatWeNeed, here are a few tips about how to hit the ground running. There’s nothing sweeter than landing that first gig. But you don’t want to spin your wheels. Wasted motion, for freelancers, is money lost. These 7 “knows” from Sara Horowitz's new...

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Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance for Freelancers

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance for Freelancers

As part of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, freelancers are eligible for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program. So what does this mean?

For New York freelancers:
Eligible freelancers may be compensated up to $405/week through New York State’s Department of Labor. Here is the quick summary of who...

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#FreelanceWisdom From Our Members

#FreelanceWisdom From Our Members

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#BetterFreelancer

Looking for some free professional development? Recently, New York Times Magazine culture editor Adam Sternbergh shared tips on Twitter about how to be a better freelance writer. 

His advice is humorous and useful. Here’s one tip: keep your pitches short. Sternbergh will read a “one-paragraph pitch as soon as...

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Use a Contract. Every Client. Every Time.

contract-creator-badge.bmp It’s here! Contract Creator has arrived! You can create and customize your own contract with the easy to use template we’ve provided. Contract Creator also comes complete with easy instructions and detailed explanations and is free to all Freelancers Union members.

We will also be posting a series...

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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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Tips for Working from Home

workspace.jpgDo you work from home? Through the Freelancers Union Annual Independent Survey (2011), we found that 13% of independent workers spent 100% of their time working from home, with an additional 79% spending at least a portion of their work time at home.

A recent article, “No sleeping on the...

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Save $50 off the Creative Freelancer Conference

Pack your bags and head to Chicago for the Creative Freelancer Conference, the only business conference for creative solopreneurs. Scheduled for June 23-24, this one-of-a-kind event sponsored by HOW magazine and Marketing Mentor will give you the tools you need to launch, build, and grow a successful freelance business. You...

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New tool lets freelancers rate clients and companies

Clients: can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em! Over the years, freelancers have been sharing the challenges that they face in working with clients (a big problem being nonpayment) and we realized that, with an organization this big, we could really do something about it. That’s...

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