Author: Robert McGuire

How Industrious Coworking Spaces Create Productive Environments for Freelancers

Industrious is a family of coworking spaces with locations in more than 20 cities across the country, including as we’ll see below, some that you might not expect. Industrious coworking spaces are designed to fit businesses of all sizes. Their community ranges, as their website puts it, “from freelancers to Fortune 500.” They offer monthly membership plans for coworking, dedicated desks and private offices. You can get a sense of the look of the different Industrious coworking spaces from their Instagram feed. The Industrious head of marketing Evan Fain answered a few questions for us. Where do freelancers fit into...

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How This Freelance Marketing Strategist Went From The E.R. To Bali

Kristy Marshall is a freelance marketing strategist who is a great example of what we found in our roundup of workforce trends that are driving the gig economy. Employers know that work-life balance issues are important, but the employee experience is getting worse instead of better.  Kristy’s trajectory from corporate marketing professional to solopreneur illustrates that problem. Please make sure to read below about the dramatic break she made from traditional work. After college in Queensland, Australia, Kristy moved to Sydney to start a career in corporate events. Later she moved to a large American education software company, focusing...

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How LAX Coworking Connects Freelancers With a Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles coworking space LAX Coworking is unusual compared to others we’ve profiled in a couple ways. First, it is operated by a nonprofit organization, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, which serves Westchester, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Del Rey and surrounding beach cities. Users become honorary members of the CoC and get some of the benefits of membership there. Second, LAX Coworking positions itself as a more traditional business environment. You get the flexibility of coworking without the beer kegs. They provide meeting space and flexible offices to freelancers, remote workers and solopreneurs. Overall,...

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How A Freelance Album Artist Stands Out to Clients

Eli Quinn is a freelance album artist and illustrator from Madison, Wisconsin. He describes his style as drawing and painting the surreal and psychedelic phantasms storming through his synapses. Quinn says “this is how I express beauty, pain and my version of the divine. Permutations of contour and texture are my main interest and I like to alternate between representational and abstract art.” Can you tell us a bit about your specialty as a freelance album artist? I’ve done a fair amount of album and merchandise artwork for various bands around the world. I’m very inspired by music, as many artists are, and it’s...

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Freelance Graphic Designer Uses Low Overhead To Give Clients What Agencies Can’t

Freelance graphic designer Emily Fitterman has over 25 years experience as an art director and in graphic design. She graduated from School of Visual Arts with a B.F.A. in advertising and honed her craft working for companies such as Random House, Penguin Publishing, PETCO and Jackson Hewitt. Emily has been freelancing for eight years for clients ranging from financial companies to self-published authors to nonprofits. What’s your specialty? My services are freelance graphic design for print and web. My clients vary — corporate, financial, non-profit, small business, self-publishers, etc. I mostly do print design, although the word “print” has...

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