The freelance economy has grown since the start of the pandemic

Dec 8, 2021
Upwork's latest study found that amid the Great Resignation, more professionals are considering freelance work in the future.
Marketplace's Chris Farrell discusses the future of work and who stands to benefit the most from it.
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Sign writer launches a booming side hustle during the pandemic

Oct 25, 2021
A New Orleans business set up an order form for Nan Parati's signs. "We got over 1,000 orders in just a couple weeks," she says.
Nan Parati makes a sign at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival circa 1990. She's been writing signs for festivals for 36 years.
Courtesy Nan Parati

NY freelancers have a new law on their side

May 17, 2017
New York freelancers who have trouble getting paid on time, or sometimes at all, have a new law on their side. The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act went into effect this week. It’s the first law in the country to protect independent contractors from getting stiffed.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Why careers are gone, and jobs are going next

Jun 17, 2016
Job security erodes as companies get more work done with fewer "direct hires"
Car makers, both U.S. and foreign, rely partly on temporary workers in their U.S. assembly plants. Brian Gammey, Korisa Warlick and Steven Ferguson were hired as contract labor at the Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. They now work union jobs at a GM plant.
Hayley Hershman

Loyalty frays for both employers and employees

Jun 13, 2016
Companies use contractors to benefit from flexibility, and many workers want it, too
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Glam App creators explain their beauty services model

Feb 15, 2016
The on-demand beauty app gives stylists the ability to book their own clients.
The Glam App provides on-demand beauty services to consumers. 
Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Glam App

Guilty conscience: the 1099 economy

Apr 15, 2015
The guilt of the on-demand economy
When Mat Honan's washing machine broke, he called a service that would do his laundry for him. But he felt...guilty.
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Freelancers: From 'hustlers' into 'heroes for hire'

Feb 11, 2014
As more and more Americans work freelance jobs, a new industry emerges to meet their needs

Financial commandments from the 'Freelancer's Bible'

Jan 4, 2013
Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union and author of "The Freelancer's Bible," shares tips and tricks for getting work, getting by and budgeting on an independent contractor's salary.

Headhunters adapt to gig-based economy

Jan 4, 2013
As the creative economy moves toward contract work, headhunters are evolving their approach to business, as well.