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Remote working could change how, and where, we earn a living

remote working could change how, and where, we earn a living

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Covid-19 has given rise to a new era of remote working, potentially opening up more income, and regions, to New Zealand’s freelance economy. For many of us, the only obstacle that ever stood in the way of a prosperous life in Dunedin was its tiny job market. Now, thanks to Covid-19 and the fundamental changes in remote working it has wrought, we could all finally be free to pack our bags and head south.In fact, the rise of remote working and freelancing could open up all the corners of New Zealand as viable places to live and work – provided those places have internet. That’s the hope of software developer Gideon Banks, who two weeks ago launched Needed – an online platform that connects New Zealand freelancers with New Zealand businesses.“Most people are in Auckland or Wellington because there are more opportunities there,” he said. “I think if people have that kind of choice to work from anywhere, they will spread around different parts of New Zealand.”A veteran remote worker (and blessed resident of Dunedin) himself, Banks had long been working on the concept of a “local” freelancing platform after struggling to find New Zealand professionals through …

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TV freelancers working Rays, Lighting games to get $2,500 payments

tv freelancers working rays, lighting games to get $2,500 payments

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Freelancers who work on TV broadcasts of Lightning and Rays games got news Friday that they will receive $2,500 payments to offset lost revenue from the pandemic-caused sports shutdown.Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports Florida, among other regional sports networks, authorized the payments.Related: Lightning, Rays TV crews upset that no games means no pay“Televising games and ancillary programming for six teams statewide, year-round equates to a substantial number of freelancers for FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Sun, so hopefully this payment helps make a difference for our freelance community during these difficult times,” media relations director Eric Esteban said.With the teams idled since March, there has been no income for the camera and replay operators, game producers and on-air talent that work as freelancers, paid on a per-game basis with no health insurance or other benefits. Some, including locals, complained publicly, especially given that the major networks and several regional sports networks did provide some financial help. “If you really want to know what I think,” one told the Tampa Bay Times then, “I’d get fired just like every single one of us on the crew.”Sinclair, which bought the …

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Remote Is A Powerful Growth Driver For Freelancing: 32 Platform CEOs Explain Why

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“You can’t start a fire without a spark” sang Bruce Springsteen in his classic ballad “Dancing in the Dark.” Well, for digital talent platform CEOs and thought leaders participating in this survey round of freelance revolution during Covid-19, the spark that’s lighting up a wave of freelancing growth is the remote movement driven by the Pandemic. 
For platform CEOs and thought leaders in the freelance space, companies like Twitter, Facebook and others offering remote as a career alternative contains a larger message: remote freelancing will be a big winner of the change. As One Circle HR CEO Emma El Karout of Dubai and South Africa put it, “Permanent employees working remote are a gateway to broader acceptance of flexible work in general, improving acceptance of freelancers.” Emergent Research partner and freelance expert Steve King reminds us, “Organizations learn freelancers are just as easy to manage and integrate into teams as remote employees.”
And, there’s more to the story. As I’ve written in prior Forbes pieces, remote enables both employees and freelancers to build attractive careers in rural environments like Piute Country Utah, help repopulate and rebuild legacy cities, and provide attractive opportunity for the spouses …

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Millions of freelancers still wait for unemployment benefits

millions of freelancers still wait for unemployment benefits

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But thanks to Congress’ historic expansion of unemployment benefits, the Acampo, California, resident is now collecting nearly $900 a week from the government — allowing him to cover the land lease and other expenses for his mobile home and to buy groceries. “I just never seem to fit into that niche that would normally get any assistance,” said Chowaniec, 56, who focuses on high-end homes in the San Francisco Bay area. “I would usually be booked right now, but I don’t have a single thing lined up.” Yet while the new program has worked for Chowaniec, many others are still waiting for payments, two months after lawmakers passed the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that made more Americans eligible to file jobless claims.Some 7.8 million people in 33 states were claiming benefits under the pandemic unemployment assistance program as of May 9, according to Department of Labor data released Thursday. Michigan has the highest number, at 1.6 million residents.Another 3.3 million Americans have filed initial claims under the pandemic program in the three weeks ending May 23.All these are in addition to the more than 40 million people — or 1 in 4 Americans — who have filed for first-time traditional jobless benefits since stay-at-home orders triggered by the …

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Want to thrive as a freelancer? This online guide is 98% off.

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TL;DR: Kickstart your freelance career with this course bundle for $29.99, a 98% savings as of May 29.

Not to alarm you or anything, but it’s a rough moment to be looking for a new gig. If you’re struggling to find work or searching for an additional stream of income, you may want to look into kickstarting a side hustle or pivoting to a freelance role and working for yourself.
If you have a marketable skill perfect for freelancing (think copywriting, web design, digital marketing, and coding) but don’t want to enter the freelance world blind, the Kickstart Your Freelance Career Course Bundle will show you the ropes. For just $29.99, you’ll receive eight courses, all of which are designed to help your freelance career thrive. Here’s a sneak peek:
Kickstart a Freelance Editor and Proofreader Career on Upwork
Upwork is pretty much the Facebook of freelancing — it’s the biggest platform there is. If editing and proofreading is your …

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Without government help for freelancers, coronavirus will destroy the theatre | Amy Hart

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I love theatre. I love the people, the community, the buzz. But the future of this industry is under threat – a pain felt most deeply by the people who make it a fabulous business. On 16 March, London’s West End closed its doors. Regional tours followed suit shortly afterwards, leaving actors, musicians, technical, wardrobe, wigs and front-of-house staff unemployed overnight. Performers and musicians couldn’t be furloughed because they’re technically self-employed, despite many of them being contracted well into 2021. Of course, that was OK because of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s self-employment income support scheme (SEISS). Or was it?Unfortunately, for the thousands of people employed in the theatre industry, there were so many gaps to fall through. The help for self-employed people only lasts until the end of May, while the furlough scheme extends until October. Show business is notoriously unpredictable; there is no job security, so if you earned more than £50,000 in profits each year over the past three years but haven’t been able to find work since, you are not eligible for the grant.Imagine if you’d just landed yourself the role of a lifetime and moved to London to pursue your dream. Perhaps you …

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8 Things To Keep In Mind Before Your First Upwork Assignment

8 things to keep in mind before your first upwork assignment

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May
28, 2020

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The world has changed a lot in the past few months. Maybe you got laid off from your full-time job and are ready to earn some extra money. Or maybe you now have time to pursue a freelance dream. I started freelancing a few years ago and eventually was able to open my own branding agency. Because I got my start on Upwork, I’d like to share with you some tips on taking the leap and joining this freelancing platform. Related: 11 Best Websites to Find Freelance Jobs and Make Extra MoneyDeciding to become a freelancer is a big decision, so once you’re committed, make sure that you start off on the right foot. In addition to filling out your profile, writing a strong introduction, using a professional profile picture and adding to your digital portfolio, here are some tips to help you get started. 1. Be selective about jobsIf you’re new to Upwork, you’re probably not familiar with the fact that in order to apply to a job, you will need connects. Connects are what you need to submit proposals on Upwork — think of them as virtual tokens. …

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One Client Is Not Enough

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When you are starting your own business, take care not to focus on just one client. Expanding your client base as much as possible can protect your income from unforeseen events.
This morning I lost a client. The COVID-19 crisis had put their business under pressure to reduce costs. This wasn’t a disaster as I have a range of clients from different market sectors. For decades I have worked to spread my client base as wide as possible to mitigate the inevitable loss of clients or their temporary suspension of freelance spending.
It’s tough in publishing at the moment. Many of the larger magazine publishers have made radical changes to their freelance budgets. A spokesperson for Future said: “During this unprecedented time we have made the decision to temporarily reduce freelance expenditure in some areas, but no brand or vertical has entirely lost its freelance budget. We have no doubt that our brands will continue to return market-leading results. Suggestions that all freelance budgets have been completely cut are simply inaccurate.”
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The coronavirus just ended independent contracting as we know it

the coronavirus just ended independent contracting as we know it

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Well, it was a good run, but soon it will be time to say goodbye to all those independent contractors, freelancers and the “gig” economy as we now know it. The rules are going to change significantly in the next few years, and we can thank the coronavirus for putting the final nail in the coffin. If you’re a small business owner like me who relies on freelancers to do certain kinds of work, we’re going to have to change our models — and pay more in the future.For a couple of decades, the gig economy was booming. Sites like UpWork, TaskRabbit, Fiverr and Freelancer added millions of independents looking for work, either to supplement their existing incomes or for their entire livelihoods. Uber, Lyft, Grubhub and other similar platforms continue to base their business models on renting out drivers and contractors to perform services piecemeal. They avoid having to absorb the costs of being an employer, like paying employer taxes or providing health insurance and retirement plans. Trucking, information technology, services and construction companies also currently take significant advantage of outsourcing specific tasks to those “1099’s” (named for the federal tax form that employers file to report payments made). …

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Why Brands are Ditching Their Agencies for New, High-Growth, Venture-Backed Business Models

why brands are ditching their agencies for new, high-growth, venture-backed business models

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May
27, 2020

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This article was written by Lindsay Patton, an Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble expert. If you are looking to take the NEXT step in your business then we encourage you to check out Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble.As the gig economy becomes more appealing to those in the workforce, brands large and small are turning to new venture-backed business models like Assemble, The Mom Project, TopTal and others that give brands access to pre-vetted talent and unlimited capacity to meet their growing needs. While there are pros and cons, the benefits—especially for smaller brands trying to scale growth—outweigh the negatives. These verticalized-labor (jobs in one industry) models are typically less expensive, convenient to work with and give brands an opportunity to pull in their own team of experts almost on-demand. As brands start to get wise on the benefits, agencies will eventually have to evolve their business model or wind down and take the freelance contractor route themselves.Gig economy growth. More than a quarter of the workforce participates in some form of gig work—whether it’s as a full-time contractor, part-time contractor, or a …

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