Wonolo Survey Shows Fear and Childcare Are The Main Obstacles For Gig Workers

Wonolo, the leading platform disrupting the temporary staffing industry, today released a report highlighting how COVID-19 is affecting gig workers. The report reveals gig workers face an array of obstacles that make it difficult for them to fully help the economy reopen. Top findings include: Childcare is the biggest obstacle to work About 23% of…

The ultimate freelance business toolkit

There’s no doubt that freelancing brings a lot of freedom. But with that freedom also comes a tough truth: Nobody tells you that you’ll be spending a lot of time running your own business. From pitching and prospecting a gazillion leads to invoicing, there are several overlapping tasks. For this reason, it’s important to leverage…

Uber UK launches Work Hub for drivers to find other gig jobs during COVID-19

Uber UK has launched a Work Hub for drivers to view a selection of temporary work opportunities with other companies as a way to supplement pandemic-hit ride-hailing earnings during the coronavirus crisis. The Work Hub sits within the Uber driver app and displays offers of work from third party providers — including jobs that involve…

Need help with your unemployment insurance claim? Here’s what to do.

By now, it’s no secret that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) systems across the country are not working. On May Day, we published the results of our latest survey, in which a shocking 84% of Freelancers Union members who had applied for government assistance had not yet received a single dollar. Four weeks later, things have…

Add uncertainty to your marketing plan

Here’s the short version of the story: I had a virtual coffee yesterday with someone who blogs for a major business publication. She asked if I was interested in being interviewed for her column. I said, “Sure.” Here’s the slightly longer version: A couple of months ago, my friend and client Alisa sent one of…

Build a sales pipeline to bring in more clients

If you’re new to the freelancing world, you may be learning the difficult but important lesson that selling your expertise is not easy. If you want to close the deals with prospective clients, you need to follow a strategic sales process. This is where the sales pipeline comes in. The pipeline shows in detail how…

Write a cover letter every time — even if they didn’t ask for one

Many people think cover letters are optional. They’re not. The smartest freelancers know that writing a cover letter — even if it’s not asked for — brings with it a bushel of benefits. Mutual Benefits For your prospective client, a letter shows that you’re a serious candidate; the extra effort is evidence of a robust…

Biohacks to help your brain do its best work

The 2020 crisis we all know as COVID-19 has split the world into before and after. Sudden and uncertain, it has messed up the contract for freelancers, especially those working with content creation; stresses and worries about what will happen to their business in the next few months discourage freelancers’ creativity, active brain work, and…

Don’t let writer’s block bring you down

As writers, we deal with this all the time. Imagine sitting down at your computer, staring at the blank screen, and trying to write something. Nothing happens. Inspiration doesn’t strike. You have a deadline, yet you just can’t get the words onto the page. There are several reasons you might be experiencing writer’s block. You…

Better federal relief is needed to solve the freelance crisis in America

It’s been seven weeks since the CARES Act, the first major piece of legislation aimed at addressing the coronavirus crisis, was signed into law. That law created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Paycheck Protection Program, two initiatives that were intended to provide critical aid for freelance and self-employed individuals, who have been doubly affected both…