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Independent Workers and the Freelancer Economy

Jacob Morgan | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

The 4th annual 2014 MBO Partners State of Independence in America workforce study reports a growing headcount of 17.9 million independent workers -- or those who regularly work 15 hours or more per week as independents, with most working more than 35 hours per week.

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.

Feeling Stagnant Working for Yourself? Revitalize Your Routine and Get the Most From Your Coworking Space

Amy Segreti | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Amy Segreti

Coworking spaces are a venue, a community, a culture. We hear about their features: the Wifi, the events, the coffee. We talk about how they're useful and quiet and how we finally have a space to get things done.

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.

Dream, Girl: How One Film Is Inspiring Girls to Go for Their Dreams

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Meet Erin Bagwell: She's the director and creator of Dream Girl, a film that is encouraging girls everywhere to become leaders and realize their entrepreneurial dreams. This documentary is redefining what it means to be a businesswoman.

53 Million Americans Are Freelancing, New Survey Finds

Sara Horowitz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Sara Horowitz

More than 53 million Americans are doing freelance work, according to a new, landmark survey conducted by the independent research firm Edelman Berland and commissioned by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk.

The Myth of Being a Successful Freelancer

Gene Marks | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Want to quit your job and be a freelancer? Be a one-person shop? I have bad news for you and you need to hear it now, before it's too late. You won't be able to make a lot of money if you're running a one person business.

The Era of Big Work Is Over

Sara Horowitz | Posted 10.31.2014 | Impact
Sara Horowitz

It's in the way we're spending our money, the way we're working, the gigs we're taking, and the values by which we're living our lives.

How to Maintain Your Sanity If You're Self-Employed or Freelancing

Chris Mahr | Posted 09.23.2014 | Small Business
Chris Mahr

Sometimes, simply telling yourself that you'll do all this isn't enough motivation to actually do it. It helps to put it all down on a list so that you have a reminder of what you set out to do and why.

Extracting A Budget From Your Client

William A. Beachy | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
William A. Beachy

It's a commonly held belief that giving a vendor your budget upfront is a fool's approach. Because of this, many clients will play dumb when you a...

WATCH: The Life-Changing Decision That Gave These People More Time And Freedom

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Leading a career of freelance work means foregoing the security of knowing where that next paycheck is coming from, but it's a choice that comes with...

The Question I Couldn't Stop Thinking About

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

At this point in my life, no, I don't have much career ambition. There, I said it. It's just not in me right now and I'm OK with that (I think).

Sophie Wade: The Diversified Career: This IS the New Normal

Sophie Wade | Posted 02.08.2014 | Women
Sophie Wade

Society, and culture, has changed around us and with us over the past few decades. It's evolution at work, or perhaps another revolution, as where we are now seems to be a high-tech iteration of somewhere we've been before.

Aly Walansky: I Have a Career I Love -- Too Bad No One Understands It

Aly Walansky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Aly Walansky

Most of my friends know they will get paid every other Friday, and they know they have X number of sick days. It's a routine, it's a way of life -- but it's not mine. In fact, my freelance life (and lack of a steady paycheck) is the antithesis of all they know and hold dear.

Unemployed? 4 Alternative Career Paths To Explore

Lynn Dixon | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Lynn Dixon

There are legitimate reasons for the high employment rate, such as closed businesses, tight budgets, or a turnaround in operations. But one problem may be that some job seekers searches are too narrow. Could you benefit from a different type of career path?

4 Reasons Why Multiple Gigs Are Better Than One

Lynn Dixon | Posted 06.12.2013 | Small Business
Lynn Dixon

Though having multiple gigs may not seem like the norm, the truth is, they may be able to help people lead more fulfilling careers and combat unemployment because there are more options.

7 Tips for Aspiring Young Freelancers

Jonathan Kalan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Media
Jonathan Kalan

I didn't land in Africa and establish myself overnight. Where I stand today has been the result of a mix of a tremendous luck, hustling, and incessant networking -- an experience probably worth sharing. So here's my unsolicited advice. Consume at your own risk.

The Best Way to Help People Understand What You Do for a Living

Brazen Life | Posted 09.25.2012 | Small Business
Brazen Life

Have you ever witnessed your parents trying to explain to friends and family members what you do for a living -- and watched them fumble and shrug their shoulders?

Some Free Advice on Being a Freelancer

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Gary M. Krebs

"A lot of freelancers have incredible skills but don't know how to market themselves and no one knows what they can do. A simple thing like creating an online portfolio on a web page can go a long way."

Moms, Writing, and Guilt: Don't Get in Your Own Way

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.14.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Writing, alas, is not that exciting, seen from the outside, and there's no simple recipe for getting it done -- especially if you're a mother.

When Freelancing Isn't Enough

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.21.2011 | Media
Delia Lloyd

I'm at a point in my life where I really want to put my heart and soul into something outside of my family -- and my own mind -- and get paid for it.

The Unconventional Guide to Freelancing

Chris Guillebeau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Guillebeau

If you want to get serious about building a sustainable business model around the skill set you use to serve clients and customers, this might be a good fit for you.

Adjusting Our Work-Life Balance in the Internet Economy

Maynard Webb | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maynard Webb

The way we work is fundamentally changing -- and that the ramifications will be better for everyone. The notions of going to work, putting in set hours, and getting "face time" are increasingly antiquated ideas.

Cafe Society

Deborah Schoeneman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Deborah Schoeneman

After two years of embedded research, I've come up with a list of the best cafes to work.

The New Professionals

Steven Nereo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steven Nereo

Things are getting weird. Can you feel it? If you work any kind of freelance you definitely do.The old standard for "professional" is changing, and not everyone is thrilled.