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Our blog features news, tips, and true stories from our team and from the front lines of self-employment.

Worker classification series, part 1: what it is, and how it impacts you
May 14, 2019

Worker classification series, part 1: what it is, and how it impacts you

In April 2018, a California judge ruled in favor of two delivery drivers suing their employer, Dynamex, for improperly classifying them as independent contractors.  The judge employed the ABC test instead of the commonly used right to control test for worker classification in California.  Since then, the state of independent work has been in flux[…]

The Benefits of Tiered Pricing
May 14, 2019

The Benefits of Tiered Pricing

Figuring out what (and how) to charge your clients is one of the most complicated aspects of freelancing. A lot of independent contractors choose to charge an hourly rate or a flat fee for projects. Unfortunately, by implementing hourly rates and working with flat fees, you fail to anchor the price point, leaving clients in[…]

Money and Relationships: Freelancers and Their Partners
May 6, 2019

Money and Relationships: Freelancers and Their Partners

Money and relationships are incredibly complex aspects of human relationships, and partnerships often reach a point where finances become entangled to some degree. Even when both members of a couple have a steady job and good benefits, money can still be a source of debate. Add in the variability of the freelance life, and a[…]

Pregnancy As a Freelancer: Why I Don’t Tell My Clients I’m Pregnant
April 24, 2019

Pregnancy As a Freelancer: Why I Don’t Tell My Clients I’m Pregnant

There are many perks to the freelance life, including being able to work from home in your pajamas and grow a tiny human without any of your co-workers noticing your ever-expanding waistline. That’s right, I write for several different clients, and they have no idea that two little girls hang on me all day and[…]

Self-Employment Models — Are You a Freelancer, Entrepreneur or Solopreneur?
April 24, 2019

Self-Employment Models — Are You a Freelancer, Entrepreneur or Solopreneur?

I’ve never identified with the term “freelancer.” That isn’t to say I don’t love everything about the lifestyle, like bringing my daughter to the zoo in the middle of the day; I just feel like the title doesn’t suit me. In my profession, writers pitch magazines or brands story ideas and, for the pieces that[…]

The 5 Best Coworking Spaces in DC
April 24, 2019

The 5 Best Coworking Spaces in DC

When I first started freelancing, coworking spaces did not exist. Brad Neuberg, the founder of the first ever collaborative work space, was on the opposite side of the country still trying to define the word coworking. So to say my spacial choices were limited is an understatement. Thankfully, that was then. Everything has since changed.[…]