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How to Gain Financial Control as a Freelancer

Here's a simple method for managing money. Reducing $ anxieties is key to freelance success...

Freelancing Basics | Mar 09, 2017

How to Gain Financial Control as a Freelancer

Here's a simple method for managing money. Reducing $ anxieties is key to freelance success

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Trends and Tools | Feb 24, 2017

Canadian Unions for Freelancers: An Introduction

If you've ever wondered about joining a union as a freelancer, here's your starting point: we've assembled a list of some of the best options in Canada

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Freelancing Basics | Jan 19, 2017

What Do Ad Agencies Look for in Freelancers?

We spoke with creative-service leaders and in-house recruiters from the advertising industry to find out what freelancers need to do to get noticed.

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Politics and Culture | Jan 04, 2017

Why Freelancers Should Care About Universal Pharmacare

With data showing that a universal pharmacare program could save Canada billions of dollars, we look into whether reforming the system is good for freelancers.

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Politics and Culture | Sep 16, 2016

Do Freelancers Need Healthcare Benefits?

We weigh-in on the “benefits of benefits,” exploring whether health and dental insurance is worth the cost for Canadian freelancers.

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Trends and Tools | Sep 08, 2016

Popular Meetups for Canadian Freelancers

An overview of some of the best meetups in the country for networking and developing your skills.

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Freelancing Basics | Sep 08, 2016

Freelancers’ Fall Checklist

In preparation for the new season, we’ve put together a tune-up guide for freelancers. Now’s the time to review your client list, update your tools, work on professional development, and more.

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Trends and Tools | Jun 25, 2016

What Do Freelancers Look for in Agencies?

Freelancers talk back! We heard from the agencies and now we’ve got the freelancer perspective on what it’s like to work in the ad world.

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Trends and Tools | Feb 26, 2016

The Freelancer’s Guide to Eating

What are the best eating practices for freelancers? Our guide provides some pro-tips and a list of delicious and easy snacks.

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Freelancing Basics | Jan 16, 2016

Contract Fundamentals: A Lawyer’s Perspective

Lawyer Jonathan McKenzie has seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to freelance contracts. Now he’s sharing his legal insight to help others perfect their own airtight contracts.

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Trends and Tools | Nov 01, 2015

Freelancers Helping Freelancers

The world of freelancing is full of people who generously help other people – not for money, not for fame or “exposure,” but because they know the challenges of operating independently and want to help. We shed light on the unsung heroes of freelancing.

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Trends and Tools | Oct 01, 2015

On My Own: The Challenge of Freelance Isolation

With more and more people engaging in freelance gigs, the total number of people “working alone” is bound to increase. But are we really equipped to take on the isolating effects of freelancing? Living Freelance explores the problem of lonliness among freelancers.

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Trends and Tools | Sep 24, 2015

Living Freelance’s Top Ten Co-Working Spaces in Toronto

Having trouble finding the right work environment? From The High Park Commons to The Foundry, we’ve selected our favourite co-working working spaces in the city.

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Interviews | Aug 04, 2015

Freelancer Interview: Dog Walkers Are Freelancers

Blair Mackinnon is living the freelancer’s dream. He loves what he does, has a stable income and more clients than he can handle without having to do any marketing. His job keeps him balanced and healthy, and he thrives on his freedom to drop in and see his kids whenever he wants … Blair has a dog walking business.

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Freelancing Basics | Jul 16, 2015

Notes from a New Freelancer: Learning to Contract

Part 1 of the New Freelancer, our latest blog series, tackles a question familiar to all rookie freelancers: Must I use a contract for this project?

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Politics and Culture | Feb 08, 2015

Freelancers, Who’s Got Your Back?

The world of work has changed, with freelancing emerging as the “new normal” across a multitude of industries. At Living Freelance, we want to ensure that the self-employed are not only able to survive amid this change, but to excel in their area of work.

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Politics and Culture | Feb 08, 2015

Eyes Wide Open: A Closer Look at the New Freelance Workforce

Two weeks ago a new study reported that 53 million Americans are presently engaged in freelance work. Living Freelance weighs the pros and cons of this new economic landscape.

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Interviews | Jan 13, 2015

Featured Freelancer: Joseph Sherman

To kick-off our new blog series that spotlights Canadian freelancers, we chatted with Joseph about his work as an animator.

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