The PRO Act: Why You Should Care About It

The PRO Act may threaten the right to work as an independent contractor, freelancer, or consultant in America. The July 2021 Freelance Austin session was a nonpartisan deep dive discussion of this complex issue with a panel of experts. The “Protecting the Right to Organize Act” or PRO Act is not a law yet but passed in the house and is…

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Event Recap: Effective DIY PR Strategies

Freelance Austin hosted media specialist Rebekah Epstein of fifteen media on June 9, 2021 to share inexpensive ways to build credibility while getting the word out about your brand, or your client’s businesses. Rebekah has been working in public relations for about 10 years; as she says, “I do media relations all day, every day.” Many of her clients are…

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Freelance Austin Members Spill Their Success Secrets

As freelancers, we often turn to experts for answers about taxes, marketing, and technology, but when the topic is freelancing, we don’t have to go very far to get the wisdom we seek. During an unconventional monthly meeting on April 14, Kara Myers, VP of Freelance Austin, moderated a discussion – based on questions submitted in advance – in which…

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Event Recap: A Stress-Free Approach to Getting New Clients

If you ask freelancers the toughest part of their job, many would say it’s getting new clients. Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of Mel Edits and host of The Deliberate Freelancer podcast, offered her tips and strategies for taking stress out of the process during Freelance Austin’s March event. Know where your work comes from First, she recommends doing a business…

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Event Recap: Top Tax Tips for Freelancers

Someone once said the only things that are inevitable are death and taxes. I’d add: they are also staggeringly complicated, especially for creative freelancers like me who majored in English (I know there are a lot of us out there). Plus, every year brings new tax rules, which compounds my apprehension when April comes around. During Freelance Austin’s February event,…

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Event Recap: Modern Freelancer Dilemmas: Carry an Ethical Road Map to Build Sustainability

We’re freelancers because we like having more freedom – or maybe we just wanted to opt out of the corporate world. But the best part of freelance life may be that we can choose who we want to work with. Yet sometimes that choice comes with nagging questions: Am I OK with this client’s business and intentions? Is this a…

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