So You've Decided To Freelance. Here's What You Need to Know Before Taking the Plunge

From negotiating pay to doing taxes

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Ah, freelancing. Arguably one of the best options for workers seeking autonomy, a flexible schedule and the freedom to wear sweatpants to the office, the field has swallowed a sizable chunk of the American workforce—56.7 million citizens, to be exact, according to a 2018 study commissioned by the freelancing platform Upwork. That adds up to more than 1 billion hours per week spent in the freelance hustle, and that’s only expected to increase as more options in the gig economy open up.

“You know, when people used to say they were freelancing, it was sort of a euphemism for ‘I’m unemployed right now,’” said Caitlin Pearce, the executive director of the Freelancers Union, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for freelancers.



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