Salutations, fellow freelancers of Brooklyn!
Being rather new to the Freelancers Union, I wanted to introduce myself.
My name is Christa, and I work as an independent contractor and sole-proprietor of an editorial and educational business. I moved here from Iowa, where I earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and Business Administration from Coe College, almost two years ago. I've done administrative and educational work outside of my independently contracted work, and have a background in retail, as well.
It's only recently that I've begun really professionalizing my business, as I ran it mostly informally for a while, as side work to get me through school. That being the case, I feel I have much to learn from the local freelance community. My most recent endeavors include branding, designing my logo, setting up a home office, writing a detailed and customizable estimating system and contract, and building a website. I'd also love to learn more about QuickBooks and other financial and record-keeping software. Given the expenses involved with such endeavors, I've also been looking for grants or funding that might function similarly to sponsorships or residencies (although I don't need the physical space) rather than as loans or investments.
As you can see, there are lots of reasons I've joined the community, and any tips or references you might be able to direct me toward would be extremely useful. I'm always happy to connect!