U.S. Gig Workers Hit Hard by COVID-19

Flourish, a global venture capital firm focused on early-stage fintech investments that enhance financial health, today unveiled The Digital Hustle: Gig Worker Financial Lives Under Pressure, United States Spotlight. The report is based on surveys of 700 gig workers across five cities: Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.  The United States Spotlight is fifth in a series of Flourish’s year-long global study of…

Freelancer banking startup Lili raises $15M

It’s only been a few months since Lili announced its $10 million seed round, and it’s already raised more funding — namely, a $15 million Series A. The startup, founded by CEO Lilac Bar David and CTO Liran Zelkha, is creating a bank account and associated products designed for freelancers, with features like early access…

Why freelance writers (really) need liability insurance

If you can’t seem to shake that nagging thought about needing to get liability insurance, it’s for good reason. However, for many freelance writers, being uninsured has traditionally had more to do with the challenge of finding a provider that actually offers professional liability coverage that meets the needs of independent writers, less with them…

Use this military principle in your business writing

We live in a busy world, and we should respect other people’s time. In business writing, we should clearly express our ideas so that our clients, colleagues, and business partners will not waste their time reading too-long-and-unstructured reports, emails, and other documents. Do you want to improve your business writing skills? Use the BLUF (bottom…

Professional liability protection for freelance writers is here

For 25 years, Freelancers Union has been dedicated to finding innovative solutions to build a new safety net for freelancers. A critical part of that safety net is insurance, because we know that more than anyone else, your budget doesn’t have room for surprise expenses or work interruptions that are out of your control. One…

A step-by-step guide to getting paid what you deserve

Whether you work for yourself or someone else, knowing what to ask for when it comes to compensation is tricky. You don’t want to seem entitled, you don’t want to lose out to someone else who asked for less, and you don’t want to have that awkward conversation about money in the first place. But…

How to take parental leave and keep your freelance business thriving

My customers will forget me if I take a parental leave. My business won’t thrive anymore when I become a parent. That’s what I’ve heard from many young freelancers and business owners. For a long time, I was also convinced that it’s impossible to combine parenting with running a freelance business. And then I became…

New rules for PPP loans make forgiveness easier for freelancers

Did you take a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan for your freelance business of less than $50,000? If so, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA)  just made applying for PPP forgiveness a little easier with a simplified loan forgiveness application (SBA Form 3508S). The new interim final rule (IFR) provides guidance…

How mind mapping can help you communicate with clients

As a remote freelance worker who is juggling multiple clients and projects, if there’s one thing you need to streamline your freelance business, it’s the ability to clearly communicate with your clients. Whether it’s setting expectations, clarifying doubts or sharing project updates —maintaining regular communication leads to fewer misunderstandings and higher productivity. But it’s not…

Understanding new IRS rules about deducting meals and entertainment

The major changes to entertainment and meal expense deductions brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in 2017 may be a distant memory for many freelancers, but the IRS is still in the process of finalizing them, a move that may impact your tax obligations. The original guidance under the TCJA essentially…

A mixed earner PUA fix was passed by the House as part of HEROES 2.0

The need-to-know: A $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed the House last week in an effort to restart negotiations in the SenateAmong the economic relief measures is a fix for unemployed workers who receive both 1099 and W2 for their work, which Freelancers Union and 40+ organizations advocated forIt includes second $1,200 stimulus check for all…

Are you making these 4 common content marketing mistakes?

You’ve heard that content marketing is absolutely vital to the success of your scaling business. But all of your content marketing efforts have failed to move the sales needle in the right direction. How is this possible? You could be making one of four very common content marketing mistakes that can stunt your growth, or…