Freelancing

U.S. gig workers get support from private companies, but public policy lags

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From VentureBeat, Hussein Ahmed reports that the European Union has adopted regulations with rights for gig workers and discusses how private companies have addressed benefits for gig workers while the U.S. government has not enacted any protections. Hussein discusses a number of private companies that offer services to gig workers. He writes: With independent contractors emerging…

Should Your Independent Contractors Have Cyber Insurance? 

MBO Partners provides excellent guidance on whether independent contractors should have cyber insurance. Setting insurance requirements for independent contractors can be a tricky line to walk. On the one hand, setting the requirements too low leaves you vulnerable to damages and lawsuits. On the other hand, setting them too high can cause premiums to skyrocket,…

How to Avoid Legal Disasters at Your Side Hustle

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These days a side job is easier than ever to get started. There are a variety of ways to pull in additional income through the gig economy.  Crafters can use virtual markets to turn their hobby into a small business. There are numerous sites for freelancers to find work. The possibilities seem endless. These side…

The 5 Surprising Traits That All Great Entrepreneurs Share

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Written by Patrick Foster Entrepreneurs are a diverse lot. Some are young and some are old, some are from successful families and others are from blue collar backgrounds — there is no quintessential entrepreneur. But having said that, there are several traits that the most successful entrepreneurs share — and they might surprise you. They…

How to Survive Life as a Freelancer

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While freelancing offers enormous freedom, it’s not without its own difficulties. While many freelancers love the flexibility of their schedules, it can make working regular hours and receiving regular income difficult. While they get the opportunity to work on what interests them most, they may also have difficult clients that they must negotiate with directly.…

What Exactly Is Indemnification, And How Does It Affect A Freelance Contributor?

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  From Forbes, Art Neill discusses an indemnification clause in a writer’s freelance agreement but the advice is valuable for all independent contractor agreements. Indemnification clauses are common in independent contractor agreements and can, among other things, demonstrate that the independent contractor has a financial risk in a relationship which may be important in some independent…

Uber CEO Eyes ‘Portable Benefits’ For Drivers 

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  PYMNTS.com reports that Uber is considering offering portable benefits to its drivers: Uber’s CEO revealed that the company is looking into offering its drivers health insurance and other benefits through a “portable” system that would cover contractors from job to job. “For the first time, I think we are now listening to our drivers, and we…

Senator Warren, Give Freelancers A Voice In The Accountable Capitalism Act

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  From Forbes, Jon Younger makes an argument that freelancers should be given a seat at the table if/when corporate boards are required to provide for employee representations. Jon writes: Whether you are for or against Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new bill, the “Accountable Capitalism Act,” it includes an interesting proposal.  Taking a page from the European workers’ movement…

Independent workforce continues to grow, generating $1.3T in revenue 

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From HRDive, Valerie Bolden-Barrett discusses the recent report from MBO Partners that shows independent workers contributed $1.3 trillion to the economy in 2017. Valerie writes: Independent workers, also known as contingent or gig workers, have garnered a great deal of attention as of late. Some reports predicted that independent workers will outnumber those in traditional jobs by 2027. But…

New Data: Six-Figure Freelancing Is On The Rise

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  From Forbes, Elaine Pofeldt discusses the increase in the number of independent workers earning more than $100,000 reported in MBO Partners State of Independence in America.  Elaine writes: A growing number of free agents are bringing in six-figure revenue, according to new research by MBO Partners, which studies the independent workforce. There were 3.3…