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“People Die From Exposure!” Why You Should Never Work For Free (Except When…)

Something funny happens when you’re a creative worker who’s starting off in your career: People ask you to work for free.If you’re a professional mover, house cleaner, or handyperson, strangers won’t ask you to work for free frequently. But if you’re a photographer, writer,...

Unemployed Freelancer Blues: How Freelancers Can Receive Unemployment Benefits

If you’re a freelancer or independent contractor who’s no longer working with your primary client, you may be unemployed by many people’s standards. The same applies if your freelance career is experiencing a slow period for a number of months. But does this mean...

Why Graphic Designers (And Everyone Else) Should Talk About Money

Graphic designers take on projects that define their clients’ public image and persona. But many times, they aren’t paid fairly for that work. Fast Company’s Co.Design site recently ran a great piece on why graphic designers should talk more openly about money and how...

Creative Freelancer Personal Finance: The Podcast

Creative freelancers are designers, writers, musicians, artists, animators, photographers, and similar types. They are either self-employed or run their own business. Many creative freelancers have very particular money and personal finance concerns. And, crucially, they like spending more time being creative than shuffling paperwork.Xero’s awesome...

Signing A Lease The Smart Way

Once you’ve found a new home, there’s so much hassle to deal with. So. Much. Hassle. There is home renters insurance to sign up for, movers to call… and a lease to sign. Signing a lease is a pain, but it doesn’t have to...

A Day In The Life Of A Financial Advisor

Yes, you can find useful advice from a financial advisor on Imgur. Best known as Reddit’s main image-sharing site, Imgur has lots of unexpected corners--including helpful money advice from a financial advisor.Last year, a Imgur user named Natsumori put together this great Day in the...

Financial Infidelity: When Partners Lie About Money

Slate’s personal finance editor, Helaine Olen, just wrote a fine piece on financial infidelity and what happens on relationships when partners aren’t honest about their finances. Financial infidelity is much more common than you might expect… and shows up in relationships more often than...

Freelancer Retirement Planning: What You Need To Know If You’re Self Employed

Whenever I speak with my fellow freelancers about money stuff, retirement comes up. All. The. Damn. Time.And do you know what’s even more surprising than that? The sheer number of freelancers and self-employed professionals who don’t have the foggiest idea of how, exactly, they...

The Best Reddit Personal Finance Tips

Social networking site Reddit can be massive and daunting to navigate--but it has some of the best financial advice on the internet.Reddit’s /personalfinance subsite (or sub-Reddit, as they call it) is a massive forum with tons of traffic devoted to all things personal finance....

Business Travel Tips For Freelancers… And Everyone Else

Oh, business travel. You’re traveling to meet with a client, drum up new business, or develop a new project.That’s awesome.What’s not so awesome is dealing with long lines at the airport, discomfort from being stuck in a tiny middle seat, being stuck in rental...

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