Author: Ben Shanbrom

Find and Choose the Best Coworking Spaces For Your Freelance Work

If you’re thinking about looking at coworking spaces, you might feel overwhelmed with the options, especially since some of them may be more suited to startups and other small businesses rather than for independent contractors. Also, you might be reluctant to choose a coworking space because,  as a freelancer who is working from gig to gig, your own business model is probably based on near-zero overhead and paying yourself a hundred percent of every contract. But the expense of a coworking space can make sense for freelancers in some limited situations and even be a boon. In this article,...

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The Best Freelance Websites and Marketplaces in 2017

The online job market is one of the most useful tools the modern freelancer has for securing a steady workflow. In this post we identify what we believe are the best freelance websites, freelance marketplaces and freelance job boards currently available to independent professionals of all specializations. In a recent study commissioned by Freelancers Union, 69 percent of self-employed workers affirmed that new technology has made finding gigs easier. Freelance websites and job boards have blown open the gates to consistent and steadier income for non-traditional workers of many backgrounds. The modern freelancer has many more options than the two or three best-known sites. Be...

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How This Freelance Cartoonist Builds Business Through New Channels

Chaz Bottoms is an award winning animator/filmmaker and freelance cartoonist based in Cleveland Ohio. His films have premiered nationally and internationally. His work has been featured in Vibe Magazine, Saint Heron and on AspireTV. He is currently freelancing for various short films, as well as developing an animated series and an animated feature. Tell us about your specialty as a freelance cartoonist? I produce good, ol’ 2D hand-drawn animation for various projects. I have done animation production for music videos, web series, special effects and commercial spots. My style is cartoony and fun with an emphasis on design. What are...

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How Many Different Freelance Careers Do You Know Of? We’ve Found Over 130 So Far

Freelancing isn’t just for writers and graphic designers anymore. If you haven’t checked in on the gig economy lately, you may not have noticed that a wide variety of freelance careers are now possible — and more every day. The gig economy is growing because the nature of work is changing. Professionals want more flexibility and control over their own fate. Employers (including individuals) want more flexibility in how they hire. And technology is making it possible to “go freelance” in some surprising ways. Ambitious and creative people are building freelance careers in fields you might not expect. Sometimes the...

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This Late Blooming Freelance Digital Artist Is Chasing Her Dreams In The Gig Economy

Stephanie Russell is a self-described late bloomer just beginning her adventure as a freelance digital artists. Prior to  this, she worked in retail and as an education specialist, but some changes in her family situation — and a lifelong inclination — have pushed her to begin her freelance career. She shares some of her portfolio and the methods she’s using to get her first freelance clients. Tell us about your services and your clients. What’s your specialty or niche? Most of my clients tend to be individuals or small businesses looking for simple but fun art assets. I’ve worked with...

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