Submitted by Christina Hernandez on Thu, Apr 26th at 7:16 pm
The ultimate guide to protecting credit in a freelance and gig economyA nontraditional career path requires a financial planBy Tamara E. Holmes | Updated: April 20, 2018Being a freelancer or your own boss in the gig economy may sound like a great deal, but without proper planning, a freelancing lifestyle can turn into a credit disaster. Approximately 57.3 Americans – 36 percent of the U.S. workforce – do some type of freelancing, according to a 2017 study by Upwork and Freelancer’s Union. A whopping 47 percent of working millennials freelance, and by 2027, the majority of the U.S. workforce will consist of freelancers, the study found. When you make a living doing freelance assignments, temporary jobs or consulting work, you get flexible hours, and may even be able to work from anywhere. The appeal is far-reaching. Nearly 40 percent of Americans said they would prefer being a gig worker to holding a full-time job, according to a 2016 survey by global workforce solutions adviser Staffing Industry Analysts.But the freedom and flexibility can come at a cost. Maintaining a good credit score and having credit readily available can become more difficult, and a nonsteady paycheck can leave you teetering on the edge of financial ruin. If you’re thinking about joining the gig economy, be proactive to protect your finances and maintain a good credit score while pursuing a nontraditional career.Read more
Submitted by Christina Hernandez on Thu, Apr 26th at 3:49 pm
While each individual pursuing an international volunteer or internship position may have their unique reasons for taking the leap, everyone on this path can enjoy several key benefits. Unlike domestic internships and volunteer roles, traveling overseas opens participants to new ways of seeing the world and interacting with others – not to mention the opportunity to build new skills and global contacts.https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/volunteering-internships-abroad/
Submitted by FreshArts on Wed, Oct 22nd at 2:39 am
Along with NYFA, CAR is known as one of the definitive aggregators of artist opportunities and resources. From their website: "Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) is an innovative arts service website administered by the Chicago Artists Coalition. CAR is an online extension of the capabilities, resources and leadership of the city's cultural community and a demonstration of Chicago's commitment to the important contribution successful artists make to a vital, world-class city. CAR provides artists with information on a wide range of issues related to professional practice and a connection to local, national and international resources." PERUSE CHICAGO ARTIST RESOURCE HERE.
Submitted by FreshArts on Tue, Oct 21st at 5:47 pm
Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our national office is located in New York City. Our California branch office is based in Los Angeles. VISIT POETS & WRITERS GRANT DATABASE HERE.(But peruse the rest of the site for other great resources!)
Submitted by FreshArts on Mon, Oct 20th at 1:09 am
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. However, they have a great collection of resource documents anyone around the country might find helpful. Peruse their resources here.
Submitted by FreshArts on Mon, Oct 20th at 12:48 am
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. In addition to being a significant funder of artists around the country, Creative Capital provides meaningful professional development. The Creative Capital blog is a treasure trove of tips and tools you might find useful in your practice. Read more here.