Susan Johnson, in this article from U.S. News and World Report, interviews Sara Horowitz, the founder of the Freelancers Union, an advocacy group for freelancers that’s almost 20 years old now. She talks about the current state of freelancing and how even staff positions are becoming more short-term:
Freelancing used to be a euphemism for unemployment, and that’s just so over, as people who are laid off after a full-time career are freelancing and people who are graduating from college are freelancing. People are freelancing in all sorts of professions, from doctors to programmers to security guards.
Sara Horowitz, who founded the Freelancers Union, has written a new self-help book for independent workers called The Freelancer’s Bible. A review in the Washington Post by Ibby Caputo says it’s a good resource to have:
“The Freelancer’s Bible” is a self-help book packed with useful tips and tools sure to benefit new and seasoned workers. There’s advice on what terms to include in a contract, how to plan for complicated self-employment taxes, and how to negotiate intellectual property ownership. The book also includes recommendations on how to set up your work space to minimize distractions and how to network with people you already know. No aspect of a freelancer’s life is insignificant to Horowitz.
I’ll be adding The Freelancers Bible to my list of Books and Publications on this site — and possibly to my personal library as well.