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CEO of freelance platform Upwork shares how she's helping the next generation build a freelance career and avoid burnout

Insider Hayden Brown, president and CEO of Upwork Courtesy of Upwork Upwork is a platform connecting companies with freelancers to transform businesses. Hayden Brown, president and CEO, shared how she navigated the company through the pandemic. Brown also detailed Upwork's plans to support the next generation of freelance and contract workers. This article is part of a series about CEOs and their vision for the future called "What's Next." At Upwork, working from home ...
Tags: America, Trends, Work Life Balance, Remote Work, Burnout, Freelance, Upwork, Freelance Jobs, Brown, JERSEY CITY New Jersey, Contract Workers, Gen Z, Gen Zers, Freelance Income, Beerud Sheth, Contract Employees


Malt raises $97M at a $489M valuation for its freelance marketplace for developers

The world of professional services has long relied on contractors to fill in for assignments and projects that might not be a part of the course of daily work, but are essential work nonetheless. Today, a startup that’s built a marketplace to make it easier for freelance developers, designers and others with technical skills with those job opportunities is announcing a significant round of funding to expand its business. Malt, which provides a way for developers, data scientists, designers, proj...
Tags: Europe, UK, Developer, Labor, Funding, Linkedin, Tech, Developers, Designers, Paris, Italy, Hiring, Freelance, Contractors, Vincent, Mckinsey


Most executives say they want more contract and temp workers. A majority of those workers say that's not good enough.

Jorge Vargas joins other rideshare drivers in a demonstration in November 2020 urging voters to vote reject Proposition 22, a ballot measure that exempted companies like Uber and DoorDash from California's AB-5 law. Al Seib /Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Contract workers "overwhelmingly" want to be permanent employees, according to a new McKinsey-Ipsos survey. But executives say they plan to rely more heavily on contract labor, McKinsey previously found. The findings reveal a huge div...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Twitter, Politics, New York, News, Media, Labor, California, US, America, Trends


The Long Term Shift to Contract Labor by Small Businesses

Data from the IRS shows that sole proprietor small businesses spent $69.2 billion on contract labor in 2018 (the most recent data available).  Contract labor refers to nonemployee labor, such as freelancers, gig workers, etc. This is up from $64.8 billion in 2017 and just $34.4 billion in 2010. Over the period from 2010 to 2018, contract labor spend by sole proprietors increased by an annual growth rate of 9.1%. Spending on salaries and wages grew from $73.7 billion in 2010 to $97.9 billion in ...
Tags: Sales, Irs, Freelance, Gig Economy, Small Business Economy


The Pandemic Increased Interest in Self-Employment

Forerunner Ventures' The universal holding pattern: a period of trial followed by an era of opportunity covers survey work they've done on the impact of the pandemic on consumers. One of their main findings is the desire for empowerment and independence has increased.  Key quote: The pandemic offered a taste of independence with remote work for some and a desire to have control over one’s own destiny in a fractured economy for others, making self-employment an increasingly attractive opt...
Tags: Sales, Freelance, Gig Economy, Independent workers


Led by Retail, The Surge in New Business Applications Continues

The new business application surge, which started last summer, continued in April, with about 488,000 applications submitted.   This data comes from the U.S. Census' Business Formation Statistics and based on IRS Employment Identification Numbers (EIN) applications.   Most of the applications are what the Census calls "applications other than high propensity" (grey in the chart; click to enlarge).  These are applications from businesses that are unlikely to have employees, such as freelance...
Tags: Sales, Trends, Freelance, Gig Economy, Independent workers, Industry Structure, IRS Employment Identification Numbers EIN, U S Census Business Formation Statistics


How to hedge against inflation with investments that keep pace with rising prices

If your money isn't earning a return, inflation will eventually erode its buying power. PeopleImages/Getty Images Inflation (rising prices) lowers the value of cash savings and fixed-income investments. Investing for inflation involves picking assets that appreciate, are tangible, or pay variable interest. Good inflation-hedging investments include stocks, TIPS, and tangibles like gold or real estate. Visit Business Insider's Investing Reference library for more stories. If your mo...
Tags: Real Estate, US, Trends, Markets, Commodities, Williams, Tips, Inflation, PPI, CPI, Federal Reserve, Collectibles, Freelance, Reit, Boston University, Mark Williams


The 5 Ways the Creator Economy Rhymes With the Gig Economy

Despite being widely attributed to Mark Twain, there's no evidence he said: "history doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." But it sure sounds like him. And, in our opinion, this aphorism nicely describes how the recent surge of excitement about the creator economy "rhymes" with what happened with the sharing and gig economies back in 2012-2015. Here are the key ways we see them rhyming: 1. The Dream Both the creator economy and the gig economy are based on "the dream". In the case...
Tags: Instagram, Sales, Mark Twain, Freelance, Gig Economy, Yang, Independent workers, Artisan Economy, YouTube TikTok, Creator Economy, Substack Patreon


What is inflation? Why the cost of goods rise over time and what it means for the value of your money

Inflation, an increase in the costs of goods and services, means that your money has effectively gone down in value. PeopleImages/Getty Images Inflation is the increase in the prices of goods and services in an economy over time. It could also be thought of as a decrease in the value of your money and purchasing power. While a low, steady inflation rate of 2% indicates a healthy economy, high or rapidly changing inflation can become dangerous. Visit Insider's Investing Reference librar...
Tags: US, Trends, Economy, Tips, Inflation, Bank, PPI, Venezuela, CPI, Federal Reserve, Monetary Policy, Freelance, Bureau of Economic Analysis, ASHBURN, US Treasuries, US Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Problems Fashion Freelancers Face

Most gig economy and freelance studies cover a broad range of independent workers, so it's interesting when someone does a segmented, vertical market study on a freelancers.   Vogue's Fashion's freelancer problem exposed covers a recent survey on the effects of the pandemic on fashion industry freelancers'.   The survey results show that the pandemic had a strong negative impact on them, with 66% of fashion freelancers reporting their financial situation has been unstable du...
Tags: Sales, Vogue, Freelance, Gig Economy, Independent workers, MBO Partners State, COVID, Creator Economy, Giulia Mensitieri


Florida's Democratic Party is having an identity crisis: 2020 losses were the culmination of strategic missteps, cultural blindness, and internal divides

An employee works with ballot tabulating machines as counting is underway for the general election at the Broward County Voting Equipment Center, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Lauderhill, Fla. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) After Florida Democrats lost almost every critical race, many thought the state's Democratic Party had hit rock bottom. Florida's Democratic operatives are struggling to understand how they got here and how they can fix the party. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, C, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, House, Bill Clinton, Miami, Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Freelance


How a Bitcoin wallet gives you more security and control over your digital assets

A bitcoin wallet gives you, and only you, complete control of your cryptocurrency. Thana Prasongsin/Getty Images A Bitcoin wallet is a digital app or program that allows you to securely send and receive bitcoins. Bitcoin wallets do not actually store funds, but instead store the private keys that give you access to your cryptocurrency. Bitcoin wallets come as either hardware or software, with hardware wallets offering the most security. Visit Business Insider's Investing Reference lib...
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The Demographics of Nonemployer Business Owners

The U.S. Census has released new demographic data on nonemployer businesses.   Nonemployers are businesses that have an owner but don't have paid traditional full or part-time employees (W2 employees). The data comes from tax records, and you can think of nonemployers as solopreneur businesses (freelancers, independent contractors. gig workers, etc.) The new data provides information by owner demographics such as sex, race, ethnicity and veteran status, geography, industry, receipt size clas...
Tags: Sales, Freelance, Gig Economy, U S Census, Independent workers, Small Business Economy, Nonemployer Business Owners


Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

The daily grind isn't for everyone. While it offers stability and predictability, many just aren't willing to sacrifice their passions for the sake of these two things. If you think the same way, becoming an independent professional might be for you.
Tags: Jobs, Freelance, Discover Career Opportunities


9 Types of Writing Tone You Should Know About

The tone is a crucially important part of writing, but what is it exactly? To explain it in basic terms, tone generally refers to how the writer uses a certain set of words in a specific manner in order to convey their non-verbal observations about certain subjects. The tone is important as it helps a […] The post 9 Types of Writing Tone You Should Know About appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Tips For Writers


What is a municipal bond? How to earn tax-free income by investing in projects that impact your community

State and local governments issue municipal bonds to help pay for a wide range of projects including roads, schools and hospitals. aydinmutlu/Getty Images Municipal bonds are debt securities issued by local governments to fund public projects like schools, hospitals, or highways. Investors buy municipal bonds because interest earned is exempt from federal income taxes, and in some cases, from state and local taxes. Because they are tax-efficient investment, municipal bonds are best for tax...
Tags: US, Trends, Markets, Ira, Detroit, Irs, Freelance, Emma, Moody, Municipal Bonds, Tey, Investing (Reference, Investing How To, Walecia Konrad, Investment Assets (Reference


How many words are in a novel?

If you plan to publish and sell your own novel, knowing how many words in a novel you need to use is very important. Word count guidelines exist because of certain reasons, such as marketing and sale, as well as to help the writers in creating stories that don’t have pacing or plot issues that […] The post How many words are in a novel? appeared first on WTD.
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Freytag’s Pyramid

The vast majority of brilliant stories tend to follow a specific dramatic structure. Understanding that structure can be difficult but not impossible; thanks to the concept of Freytag’s Pyramid, structuring your story will no longer feel like a difficult task. What Is Freytag’s Pyramid And How Does It Work? Developed by Gustav Freytag, the German […] The post Freytag’s Pyramid appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Gustav Freytag, How to Write a Novel, Freytag


3 Harmful Beliefs To Overcome as a Writer

Have you heard of the concept of a limiting belief? It’s exactly as it sounds. Often, we are held back by our own thoughts. The mental prison we find ourselves in is of our own making. We stop ourselves from achieving our own potential, often without realizing we are the ones to blame. I think […] The post 3 Harmful Beliefs To Overcome as a Writer appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Be Creative


How Your Life Story Can Inspire Others

A lot of people are resistant to the idea of writing their life story. I get why. It might seem a little self-indulgent at first thought. If you see yourself as a humble person, the idea of documenting your life story can seem egotistical or narcissistic. You might also question whether it’s worth taking time […] The post How Your Life Story Can Inspire Others appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Share Your Writing


LinkedIn's New Online Freelance Talent Marketplace

Fortune's LinkedIn’s new Marketplaces will help freelancers find work covers a new online freelance talent marketplace being developed by LinkedIn. Like other online freelance talent marketplaces such as Fiverr and Upwork, Marketplaces will enable businesses to find, hire, and pay freelancers. According to the article: Marketplaces, which is supposed to launch in September, will focus on white-collar jobs in fields like design, marketing, and software development. Employers would be able to ...
Tags: Sales, Linkedin, Freelance, Gig Economy, Independent workers, LinkedIn ProFinder, Upwork Marketplaces, Marketplaces LinkedIn


3 Natural Ways To Welcome Your Muse

Have you ever found making progress with your writing about as easy as drawing blood from a stone? Feeling stuck and unproductive can quickly become a vicious cycle. You start to worry about your lack of progress, leading to mental paralysis. The cruel irony of the situation is your stress about writing will crush any […] The post 3 Natural Ways To Welcome Your Muse appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Be Inspired


Helpful Tips for Isolated Writers

Are you facing isolation because of the coronavirus? Being isolated isn’t easy, especially as a creative person.  The same active imagination that allows you to produce your art can also fixate on stressful life events. While we may not have chosen this current situation, we can choose to make the best of it. I’d like […] The post Helpful Tips for Isolated Writers appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Be Creative


How Do I Find a Self-Published Cookbook Printer

Are you trying to find a self-published cookbook printer? If you are, you’re probably feeling a mix of emotions right now. On the one hand, you’ve reached an exciting point in your journey. Your cookbook’s delicious content is ready for the world to savor. On the other, you might be feeling a bit stressed out. […] The post How Do I Find a Self-Published Cookbook Printer appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Create a Book


Powerful Mindset Shifts For Writers

What holds us back as authors? It’s not a lack of opportunity. Barriers to entry have never been lower for aspiring authors. Almost anyone in the world is capable of creating and publishing a book, thanks to the digital revolution. It’s not a lack of knowledge. There is more information out there than ever before. […] The post Powerful Mindset Shifts For Writers appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Freelance, Be Creative


Professional Services Business Applications from Freelancers Continued their 2020 Surge in January.

In 2020 professional services applications from independent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.) increased by 21% over 2019. Most of the 2020 increase came in the second half of the year and continued into 2021, with professional services applications from independents increasing in January by a stunning 51% over January of 2020. This data comes from Independent Workers Lead Recent Surge in Professional Service Business Applications, a research brief from MBO Partners that is bas...
Tags: Sales, Freelance, Gig Economy, MBO, Independent workers, Emergent Research, Professional Services NAICS


How to Avoid an Editing Nightmare

If you’re serious about making your book the best it can be, or you’ve been around the publishing/self-publishing arena for awhile, then you know the benefits of professional editing for your book.  There are lots of people claiming to be freelance professional editors out there, however, and editing services are no chump change. It’s a […] The post How to Avoid an Editing Nightmare appeared first on WTD.
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Are You Scared to Write Your Life Story?

Have you heard that quote from Ernest Hemingway? To paraphrase, Hemingway said that there’s nothing to writing, other than sitting at a keyboard to bleed. Good writing, the kind that connects with the reader, requires brutal, painful honesty. The type that isn’t easy. The kind of honesty that takes serious levels of courage.  And what’s […] The post Are You Scared to Write Your Life Story? appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Non-fiction, Freelance, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway


Grammarly Review – Is Grammarly Worth The Money?

Grammarly has been out long enough so that I thought I’d refresh my old Grammarly review for 2021 to highlight some new features and functionality, particularly in light of Microsoft releasing their brand new version of the Office suite, Office Mobile. (I really just needed a reason because I love this tool that much). Personally, […] The post Grammarly Review – Is Grammarly Worth The Money? appeared first on WTD.
Tags: Microsoft, Freelance, Grammarly, Office Mobile, Resources for Writers


How To Fight Your Freelancing Fears

Tips from a pro writer on kicking fear’s butt before it kicks yoursContinue reading on Get Paid to Write Online »
Tags: Freelancing, Business, Writing, Freelance, Writing-tips