Tag Archives: Freelancer

Years Ago, Most People Viewed Freelance Work as Temporary. Not Anymore, Says a New Study | Inc.com

Millions of Americans are joining the freelance ranks, and more of them are opting to remain in that status long-term than ever before.

That’s according to the sixth annual Freelancing in America study, published on Thursday by hiring platform Upwork and the nonprofit Freelancers Union. In a survey of 6,001 U.S. working adults–a mix of freelancers and full-time employees–the study’s sponsors found that 50 percent of freelancers now view working independently as a permanent career choice, rather than a temporary way to make money. The study also notes that 10 million more Americans consider themselves long-term freelancers now than they did five years ago.

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What to Include in Your Freelance Contract | Business.com

Considering freelancing? Here’s everything you need to know about freelance contracts, from what to include in the contract to handling breaches.

When you pursue freelancing, you are choosing an independent career path that requires you to look after yourself. In other words, you’re your own boss, and you need to secure your finances, insurance, retirement savings, etc., on your own terms.

One major responsibility freelancers must prioritize is creating a contract to establish a legal agreement between you and your clients.

“A freelancer needs a contract,” said Drew DuBoff, blogger and chief career coach. “Because they are not full-time employees, they are acting as independent contractors, so this document is an independent contractor agreement.”

If you’re considering taking the freelance route, here’s everything you need to know about freelance contracts.

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How to stop working with a client when you’re a freelancer | Mashable

Leaving a 9-to-5 takes work. You have to tell your boss, be productive for two additional weeks, give an exit interview — and accomplish all of these tasks thoughtfully enough to make a good final impression.

While part of the allure of freelancing is being your own boss, quitting is still difficult. In this case, you’ll be telling a client — rather than a supervisor — that you won’t be working together anymore. You’ll still have to have that tough conversation (and then actually transition).

Here are few things to keep in mind:

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Freelancers, Here’s How To Negotiate Raises With Clients | Forbes

Asking for a raise is never easy.

Requesting one when you’re a freelancer is downright scary — the client could immediately stop working with you and turn to your less expensive competition.

As I outlined in the first part of this series, how you set your rates should be determined by your expenses, expertise and how you want to spend the one fixed variable in this whole process: your time.

After I outlined the various ways you can use to determine how much to charge a potential client or what rates you’re willing — and unwilling to accept — let’s take a look at how you can increase your fees.

1. Track your time.

Time management expert Laura Vanderkam, who has often provided wonderful advice for my stories, says that you should know how much time your activities take. Having learned this from her while writing an article a while back, I have been following this advice religiously, to my great benefit.

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Everyone’s a Freelancer Now at Least for Health Care Benefits | Businessweek

For much of its existence, the Freelancers Union’s reason for being was to get workers who weren’t in full-time jobs access to health insurance. In 2001, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit started brokering group-rate health coverage to its membership of graphic designers, strategy consultants, and others who work job-to-job. Later, it launched its own insurance company that would sell you coverage if you could prove that you made your income from contract work.

Now the group is trading in its insurance business to provide medical care directly. The 25,000 members in New York covered by Freelancers Insurance Co. will in 2014 be rolled into plans provided by Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Freelancers Union will open 15 primary care clinics around the country in the next five years, says Sara Horowitz, the group’s executive director. It already has two clinics in New York, where workers who buy plans from its insurance arm get primary care with no co-pays and with access to other services. Tai chi classes, anyone?

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