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Freelancing is a Force – and We Need to Reckon With it

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An excellent article from Scott Tillitt of the National Freelancers Union

Within 10 years, at its current growth rate, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers. Think about that for a second (or a minute): It has major ramifications for our economy, politics, culture.

This startling stat comes from “Freelancing in America: 2017” (FIA), a comprehensive study from freelancing website Upwork and our own Freelancers Union.

FIA estimates that already more than one-third of the US workforce are currently freelancing (57 million Americans) and contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually to the economy — a nearly 30% jump since last year.

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Take Time for Yourself to Achieve Your Goals

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Here’s another great article from The National Freelancers Union. Too much work without break time built in can actually hinder your productivity. This article explains why.

Speaking of break time, don’t forget Arlington Entrepreneurs’ upcoming Coffee at Kickstand will give you the break you need to get back into the saddle and working productively!

Here’s the beginning of the article:

Practical Tips for Taking TIme for Yourself to Help You Achieve Your Goals

by Freelance Union Member Irene Barnard

Carving out “me time” can help give you the energy and focus you need.

Self-care and taking time to rest, stay healthy, and accomplish other goals besides work—we’re all familiar with these principles. Articles and blog posts often emphasize their importance.

Ironically, however, they can seem harder to achieve as a freelancer than a full-time employee! My schedule as a freelance writer and editor is supposed to be flexible and under my control. Yet for a long time, I couldn’t seem to get past the unhealthy habit of forsaking all else in my life and hunkering down to finish a job—then accepting yet another one.

There’s always the excuse of the inherent insecurity of freelance life: worry over losing a client or not bringing in enough money.

But what else was stopping me from finishing the novel I’ve been writing for years, in the hours when I wasn’t working? Perhaps you can recognize some of your own habits below; these obstacles can halt any pursuit, creative or otherwise:

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act May Affect Your Business

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With a shout-out to the National Freelancers Union, here’s an article with more specific information about the advantages and disadvantages of the new tax law. Give it a read. If you have an accountant, you should be talking to them about upcoming changes.

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts freelancers

In case you missed it due to the holiday rush, President Trump recently signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), representing the broadest reform of tax laws in three decades.

With the new laws now taking effect, you’ll notice both some positive and negative aspects related to individual and business taxes. Suffice it to say, the TCJA will impact you as a freelance professional.

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Work From Home? Develop These Habits.

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Here’s another, useful gem from the National Freelancers Union. Working from home isn’t always the ideal environment we’d like it to be. It’s too easy to get distracted and in other ways become unproductive. Here are some suggestions from Freelancers Union member Josh Hoffman about getting and staying productive:

Work From Home? Develop These Habits.

Working from home, or at least the option to do so, is one of the perceived perks when you’re self-employed or have the ability to work remotely.

Without a doubt, the opportunity to work from home is amazing, but early on in my freelance career, I realized working from home is not necessarily all it’s cooked up to be.

While I usually work from coffee shops or shared workspaces, here are a few “hacks” I’ve developed to efficiently and effectively work from home.

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9 Ways to Thrive in a Business Famine

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(Posted from the Freelancers Union blog)

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelance contractor, or an employee that is currently in between jobs, there may be times when you find yourself on the famine end of the feast-or-famine work cycle.

It’s normal to experience fear and discouragement in these times, but it doesn’t have to be your norm. Times of famine can actually help us to reset and focus on the more important aspects of life.

There is more to achieving the ultimate work-life balance, there’s more to YOU and your life than simply living to watch the digits increase in your bank account.

Find out how to manage the inevitable dry-spells of freelance living.