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Freelance Economy

Self-Employed? Make Your Estimated Tax Payment!

Mark Steber | Posted 01.12.2017 | Business
Mark Steber

The first tax deadline of 2017 is rapidly approaching - January 17! Scared you, didn't I? Well, for independent contractors or self-employed folks tha...

25 Fastest Growing Freelance Skills

John Rampton | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
John Rampton

People are finally waking up to the fact freelancing is a better option that fighting the daily 9-to-5 rat race. The flexibility, independence, and op...

3 Ways to Generate More Leads Without Leaving Your Home

John Rampton | Posted 08.01.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Sending emails, getting free publicity on your own and appearing on podcasts can all be a great ways to attract leads to your business. If used effectively, these methods can possibly land you more clients down the road. Here are some tips to that without having to travel far away.

4 Ways to Attract New Clients

John Rampton | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
John Rampton

It is very important to not only keep close relationships with your current clients, but also find ways to attract new ones. Having too many clients is a good problem to have, you can always find ways to serve each in a timely manner without hindering any relationships. However, if you are struggling to stay busy and need to attract more clients there are plenty of tricks and tips to get you started on the right path. Here are four simple ways to attract new clients.

A Response To Seth Godin's The Freelancer And The Entrepreneur

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 07.18.2016 | Technology
Rishon Blumberg

Seth Godin recently re-published a blog post about the fundamental difference between a freelancer and an entrepreneur. His core thesis is that entrepreneurs create scalable organizations that print money, while freelancers simply exchange their time for money. While we agree with many of the differences he's highlighted, we also think the analysis is much too simplistic.

The Best Freelancers Use 4 Strategies To Protect Themselves

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 07.07.2016 | Technology
Rishon Blumberg

Anytime a strategic freelancer starts working on a project for one of their clients, they expose themselves to the possibility that an issue will arise during the course of, or at the end of, an engagement.

When Finding Talent - Everyone Needs a Personal Shopper

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Rishon Blumberg

In the last two decades as the internet has grown in both content and popularity, it has become increasingly hard for individuals and organizations to...

How Firms Can Prepare for the Freelance Economy

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 05.26.2016 | Business
Rishon Blumberg

Forbes predicts that by 2020 50% of the US workforce will be comprised of freelance workers. While a large portion of these workers will be non-strategic -- your Uber drivers, etc -- the real shift is with highly skilled, strategic thinkers.

More VCs Need to Wake Up And Smell The Freelancers

Michael S Solomon | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Michael S Solomon

It's true that there is a real shortage of great full-time tech talent but that's not really the case when you look at the tech freelance marketplace.

The Argument for Coders As Artists

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 05.17.2016 | Technology
Rishon Blumberg

Art is subjective, one person's masterpiece is another person's garbage. This article in turn can be viewed the same way, but as you'll see above, there is a strong argument to be made that exceptional technical talent is talent much the same way an artist or actor is talent.

How to Take Your Freelancing to the Next Level

John Rampton | Posted 04.12.2017 | Business
John Rampton

First off, congratulations on freelancing! If you're wondering about leveling up, you've obviously done pretty well. You've moved up in the world and ...

How to Take Advantage of the Gig-Based Economy

Jayson DeMers | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Jayson DeMers

Thanks to evolving technology, increasing communication capabilities, and changing business needs, the world of employer-employee relationships is drastically changing.

Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees and Not Independent Contractors: 5 Notable Takeaways

Cathy Ruckelshaus | Posted 07.24.2016 | Business
Cathy Ruckelshaus

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued an important Administrator's Interpretation that provides clear and timely guidance on the question of who is properly considered an "employee" and covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and who is not.

Why Do People Become Freelancers?

Jacob Morgan | Posted 07.07.2016 | Business
Jacob Morgan

This month's content on the future of work was made possible by my friends at Work Market. Work Market is a freelance management system that brings fr...

Why Organizations Use Freelancers

Jacob Morgan | Posted 07.03.2016 | Business
Jacob Morgan

As on-demand labor starts to increase, organizations of all shapes and sizes ─ especially large organizations ─ are going to have to think differently about the way they service, compete and innovate when thinking about the future of work.

The Independent Contractor in the New Freelance Economy

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Katie Vlietstra

You most likely have used Uber to get you where you want, or NoWait to snag a reservation at a hot, new restaurant, or bought gifts through the online marketplace Etsy. These services are part of a growing and on-demand business demographic called the "freelance economy."

The Freelancer's 3-Step Guide to Finding the Perfect Workplace

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 05.22.2016 | Small Business
Danielle Wolffe

Know yourself. Ninety percent of artist retreats are offered in rural locations. If country based solitude is the key to your artistic soul, wonderful, congratulations. You have so many great options. If you are part city mouse -- consider alternatives.

National Small Business Week: A Reminder to Keep Entrepreneurs Top of Mind Year-Round

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

In 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed the first National Small Business Week to honor our nation's entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and hard work helped make our country great. For more than 50 years, we've carried on the tradition of celebrating small businesses, and for good reason.

Kathleen Miles

Future Of Work: Three Ways We Can Create Jobs From The Bottom Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

LONDON -- Andrew McAfee, director of MIT’s Center for Digital Business, argued Thursday that technological advances of the last few decades have sig...

Observations of a Freelancer

Jamie Silverman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Jamie Silverman

For almost a full year, I was in an amazing relationship -- with my career. We had tremendous respect for each other, the perfect amount of give and take. The near perfect year of my advertising career was the year I worked as a freelancer.

5 Surprising Facts About Freelance Jobs Today

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Sara Sutton Fell

After analyzing freelance job postings over the last year on FlexJobs.com, we determined which companies are offering the most freelance jobs, the industries freelance jobs come from, and who's working them.

The Way We Work Is Changing - What You Need to Survive Will Surprise You

Jaleh Bisharat | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Jaleh Bisharat

In today's connected era we're sharing information about ourselves that would have been unimaginable even ten years ago. A generation has grown up pouring out their thoughts onto a digital stage.

Think the Sharing Economy Is Hot Now? This Will Turn the Temp up to Scorching

Jaleh Bisharat | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Jaleh Bisharat

You know the sharing economy has arrived in full bloom when Airbnb and Uber are mentioned as breathlessly -- and with as much controversy -- as Facebo...

Online Staffing Platforms Make the Freelance Economy a True Meritocracy

Jeff Wald | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Jeff Wald

It seems clear that while the conversation continues about gender differences in the workplace, the freelance economy is becoming a great equalizer of work. The freelance economy is a true meritocracy where decisions are based mostly on data.

Rebutting the Fact That Temp Work Is a Bad Thing

Allison O'Kelly | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Allison O'Kelly

An increased preference for contract work, part-time gigs and even temporary roles is being driven by professionals and job hunters. Leading talent and high-level project specialists are seeking out this type of work at greater numbers for all kinds of reasons.