What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Freelancing

According to Wikipedia, a freelancer is ‘someone who is self-employed and not necessarily committed to any employer long-term’. Sounds simple enough right? But, as any freelancer will tell you, there is a whole lot more to the job than that. The 2012 Freelance Industry Report revealed that freelancing is on the rise, particularly in North America, where 77.6% of all…

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Health Insurance for Freelancers: Getting Covered in 2018

Austin freelancers, we’re now down to less than four short weeks to get health coverage for 2018! You have until December 15th to enroll. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you get covered. Why should I get covered? Health insurance is much more than an additional monthly expense. It is an investment in your future well-being and it…

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November Meeting Recap: Health Insurance

This month, Freelance Austin was fortunate to have Stacey Aikman, Marketing Director from Vista 360 Health, impart her helpful knowledge about a topic most of us would prefer to avoid: healthcare.   What’s changing in healthcare for 2018? Shorter Enrollment Period (Previously 3 months, this year there was just 45 days.) Open enrollment is November 1 through December 15 Find…

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The Changing Culture of Work

Regardless of your age, you can still feel the unspoken expectation to go to college and get a job. Not any job, the job that will take you through the next 30+ years of your career. How is this residual belief still a part of our culture? I, personally, find it utterly fascinating! I’m 48 years old and I have…

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Writing for the Web 101

You’ve gotten compliments on your writing your whole life. You know it’s something you’re good at, and you’ve decided it’s time to try to make a living at it. Yet if your goal is to become a freelance writer, being good at writing is just one part of the job. You also need to figure out how to do the…

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July Meeting Recap: Dive Deep Into Virtual Public Library

If the virtual Austin Public Library isn’t already your best friend, it soon will be. Blair Parsons and Maggie Bond, reference librarians with APL, dove deep into the library’s digital resources at July’s Freelance Austin meeting in our new digs, Vessel Coworking. (More on Vessel below.) Full-text Articles How many times have you searched online for a published article, only…

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