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The Uber-Simplified Debate on the New Economy

Mike McDerment | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Mike McDerment

Uber is only a tiny segment of what is alternately called the New Economy, the Sharing Economy, etc. Yes, there are many people driving for Uber, yet this small group is becoming the center of what's being debated while most Americans working independently are largely overlooked.

What Bears Can Teach Us About Freelancer Finance

Chris Enns | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Chris Enns

You may think that she has nothing to teach you, that bear skills and human skills (especially human artist skills) are completely separate things. Sure... you both pick the occasional berry, but other than that you live in pretty separate worlds. There's where you'd be wrong.

Five Strategies for Using Personal Portfolios to Beat Freelance Competition

Yatin Khulbe | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Yatin Khulbe

Being a freelancer is a tough job with long hours at the desk. If you are a freelancer, you need to showcase your real talent.

The Tools Needed to Succeed as a Freelancer

Yura Bryant | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

Becoming a freelancer is something that many individuals who are interested in being an entrepreneur venture into because it allows for them to experience being their own boss.

5 Tips for Creating a Stellar Freelance Writing Home Office

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 10.23.2015 | Books
Danielle Wolffe

I stopped going to coffee shops to work on freelance writing projects after my laptop bit the dust, and decided to suspend disbelief and create a real home office. It was time. I'd been freelancing over a decade.

Stop Trying to Follow Your Passion

Kali Hawlk | Posted 10.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kali Hawlk

There won't always be a lightbulb moment. You may not identify the exact second something clicks into place for you, when the planets align or a particular experience sparks a specific train of thought that leads to deep understanding.

Do Lebanon's "Future" Media Have a Future?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a rough ride for one of Lebanon's media firms whose employees threatened strike action this week to protest 6-8 months of back pay, no viable alternative, and no light at the end of the tunnel.

The Independent Work Boom: Why it's Good for the U.S. Economy

Gene Zaino | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Gene Zaino

The future of work is already here, and the innovation and entrepreneurship it will unleash are unprecedented. Will the trend towards independence continue? All signs point to "yes."

Feel Like Giving Up? Here's Why You Can't Quit

Kali Hawlk | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Kali Hawlk

Insecurity cripples us from doing our best creative work. We've all experienced the sudden jolt of uncertainty that leaves us feeling wary about what we're making or doing.

Reflections on Visa Pour L'image 2015

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
Adriana Teresa Letorney

One of the main highlights of Visa Pour L'image was seeing and meeting dozens of freelance photojournalists roaming the streets of Perpignan during the professional week hoping for an opportunity to connect and share with other photographers and editors.

How a Really Dumb Promise Turned Into a Company

The Modern Femme Movement | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
The Modern Femme Movement

Once upon a time, I was your everyday mommy blogger. I was at home raising my three boys and I'd tried just about everything I could think of to turn stay-at-home-motherhood into a more intellectual endeavor that pandered to my need to work and create.

Letting Go of Perfect

Kali Hawlk | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Kali Hawlk

Letting go and focusing on what really mattered -- like actually getting to the grocery store or capturing that fleeting idea I had -- didn't seem like an option. Perfectionism was the only choice, and it was so easy to agonize over every little detail that didn't measure up.

How to Take Advantage of the Gig-Based Economy

Jayson DeMers | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Jayson DeMers

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

Start Your Life Over in Six Simple Steps

Nora Oravecz | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Nora Oravecz

Will you play the passive role of victim, or take control of the situation? I took control. I couldn't allow myself to believe that it was my fault just because I saw the world differently than others. I took a deep breath, took the leap of faith and moved on. I straightened out my life and established it the way it is now. Here are some things that can help.

No More Moralizing About the Gig Economy

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

The gig economy is developing faster than anyone imagined. Jobs -- or, more specifically, tasks -- that no one imagined could be automated or made digital even five years ago are becoming commonplace.

Stop Seeking Answers and Focus on This Instead

Kali Hawlk | Posted 09.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kali Hawlk

If you're hung up and feeling creatively blocked, seeking answers won't move you past feeling uncertain of what's next. You don't need more information in your head. You just need to know how to ask the right questions.

Do You Feed the Good Wolf or the Bad?

Kali Hawlk | Posted 08.27.2015 | Women
Kali Hawlk

Do something that inspires you. Do something that makes you feel relaxed and content. Do something that makes you feel challenged and just a bit scared, in a thrilling sort of way.

The Army of Tiny But Ferocious Voices

Kali Hawlk | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Kali Hawlk

Most people who are capable of doing more have no idea they can choose to do so. Creating a life that means something to you, that brings you fulfillment and joy, is possible. And you can choose this.

5 Tips to Track Down the Best Coworking Spaces

Debra Carpenter | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

After learning NYC's coworking spot The Yard would be opening a new location next month in Herald Square, I asked Andy Smith, Director of The Yard, what factors freelancers and solopreneurs should consider when choosing where to set up shop temporarily.

From Co-Founder and CEO to Toptal Freelance Developer

Lisa Froelings | Posted 08.19.2015 | Technology
Lisa Froelings

On a given weekday morning, Aleksandar Smiljanic will wake up early, clean himself up, and get dressed. Maybe he'll wear a tie, though it's more likely he'll go for a more casual look and wear jeans. After breakfast, he'll head to his office to begin the day's work -- in his own home.

8 Ways To Make Money Online To Travel

Alyssa Ramos | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Alyssa Ramos

How do you find this mysterious paid-online-freelance work? It takes some time and patience, but these are all the ways I've found freelance work in the past.

The Top 10 Coworking Spaces Across the Globe

Debra Carpenter | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

Coworking is on the rise, and for good reason--it's estimated that 40% of the workforce will be made up of freelancers, solopreneurs, and independent contractors by 2020.

How to Start Before You're Ready

Kali Hawlk | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Kali Hawlk

Conventional wisdom tells us that to know where we want to go and how to get there, we must first understand where we are. We must love ourselves before we can properly love others. We need to take care of ourselves before we can provide for anyone else.

The Difference Between Success and Failure

Paul Jarvis | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Paul Jarvis

I make a living on the Internet by being myself and sharing the things I've learned. But I'm also scared shitless to be myself and share the things I've learned.

The Ins and Outs of Project Partnerships

Paul Jarvis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Paul Jarvis

Working for yourself doesn't necessarily mean you always got to work alone. You can collaborate on client work with other freelancers (like writers + web designers or even designers + developers).