A not-at-all-comprehensive list of resources for Black freelancers

This is a community-supported document. If there are other organizations you’d like to see featured here, please email a short description of their work to community@freelancersunion.org. Get Support Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Small Business Relief Grants This coronavirus relief program is specifically targeted to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access…

4 signs it’s time to rethink your rates

Regardless of what services you offer, there’s one thing that all freelancers need to do in order to run a successful business: set their rates. Money can be an uncomfortable subject for many people, and freelancers are no different. But if you’re going to succeed in this business, you’ll need to start making smart financial…

How freelance writers are stepping up for each other

When I left my full-time media job in November and went freelance, I was excited about the possibilities of writing what I wanted, when I wanted, for who I wanted. After all, I watched so many people go through media layoffs only to secure dream gigs and book proposals shortly after. And while it could…

Standing in solidarity

Freelancers Union stands in solidarity with those fighting against racism, police brutality, and the historical oppression of the Black community. The actions of protesters across the country reflect the pain and anger that so many in our community are feeling. We hear you and we grieve with you over the acts of senseless violence against…

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…

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…