Why freelancing is like jazz

Why freelancing is like jazz

Ask 50 people what jazz is, and you’ll get 50 different answers. But I think most people would agree with Wynton Marsalis’ definition that jazz is music that swings, or perhaps Louis Armstrong’s definition: “If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.”

I’ve...

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Should freelancers work with a staffing or temp agency?

Should freelancers work with a staffing or temp agency?

As an independent worker, you understand how great it is to be your own boss, stay flexible, and achieve a better work/life balance. But there are some not-so-easy things about freelancing: constantly marketing yourself, following up on late payments, no benefits, etc.

This is why many freelancers find a...

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The happiness paradox: wanting to be happy may make you unhappy, studies find

The happiness paradox: wanting to be happy may make you unhappy, studies find

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.” -John Stuart Mill, 1873

New research suggests that the pursuit of happiness may not have its intended effect: the desire to be happy actually makes you less happy.

As entrepreneurs, we deal with...

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16 Ways freelancers can help one another

16 Ways freelancers can help one another

When Sara Horowitz was misclassified as an independent contractor twenty years ago, she decided to band together with other misclassified workers to start a Union with the belief that when freelancers help one another, we’re all stronger.

Today, the same principle holds true. When freelancers connect and help one...

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7 Ways to get repeat freelance clients

7 Ways to get repeat freelance clients

What’s better than a new client inquiry in your inbox? An old client who wants to work with you again.

Repeat clients are great because there's less of a client “onboarding” process, you both know each others’ expectations, and you spent $0 marketing to them.

Here are 7...

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Libraries support entrepreneurship and economic growth, studies find

Libraries support entrepreneurship and economic growth, studies find

It’s National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014) and at Freelancers Union, we’re thinking of all the ways that we’re thankful for our public libraries in supporting our communities, our economy, and our fellow independent artists and writers.

But don’t just listen to us: the latest academic...

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How to use reviews and testimonials to land more clients

How to use reviews and testimonials to land more clients

Most freelancers find clients by word-of-mouth. So you should all understand the power of your previous client talking about you -- it’s the most effective marketing tool you can’t buy.

When you write content for your website, portfolio, or social media accounts, don’t forget to capitalize on the...

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Business school for freelancers: How to design your own education

Business school for freelancers: How to design your own education

Most freelancers are do-it-yourself types who learn by doing and haven’t had any formal business training. They may have college and advanced degrees in their chosen field, but when they take the leap into self-employment, they barely know an LLC from a C-corp.

First things first: No, you don...

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12 Cool t-shirts designed by freelancers (support fellow indie artists!)

It's (finally) springtime, and that means t-shirt season!

Rather than heading off to the local mall, support your fellow independent artists by buying t-shirts from an online shop or in your local neighborhood. 

Where you can buy t-shirts designed by freelancers:

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Why freelancers should specialize (not generalize)

Why freelancers should specialize (not generalize)

What if I told you that you could charge more money as a freelancer, be more memorable to clients -- and save time?

You’d probably think I was selling you a fancy app. This is a lot simpler. It’s the ancient art of specializing. For example, you wouldn’t...

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