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The ultimate guide to protecting credit in a freelance and gig economy

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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
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Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer or Intern Abroad

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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/
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Curatorial Toolkit

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Credit: The Museums & Galleries of NSWThis toolkit is designed primarily for emerging curators. Although written mainly for independent curators, a lot of this information is relevant for individuals working within an institution. The toolkit assumes the curator will be working primarily in the non-profit sector with public art galleries, museums and/or artist-run centres in Canada, although the information can also be relevant for contracts within the private sector and with institutions outside of Canada. Characteristics unique to working within the private sector, including with commercial galleries, are not contained in this document.

Fresh Arts Fundamental HR/Employment Policies for Organizations 2014

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THE PRESENTATION FROM THE WORKSHOP DESCRIBED IS EMBEDDED BELOW. Fundamental HR/Employment Policies for OrganizationsFor arts administrators of small to mid-sized nonprofitsMonday, June 2, from 4-6 p.m.@ Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, #B11, Houston, TX 77007Presenters:Bob Lawson, Director of Administration & Education, Theatre Under the StarsElaine C. Becraft, Counsel, Labor & Employment, LyondellBasellNot sure who on your team should receive a 1099 or a W-2? Are you supposed to be paying unemployment taxes? Do you know the rules around interns? Join Bob Lawson, of Theatre Under the Stars, and employment lawyer, Elaine C. Becraft for a crash course in what you need to know and what you didn’t know you didn’t know. This is a great opportunity for administrators to have questions answered by an expert in the field and address some of the unique challenges we all face in keeping our small or mid-size organizations in compliance with HR standards.Topics include:- Basic distinctions between 1099/W2 employees, as well as exempt/non-exempt- How to avoid abusing interns- Basic options for offering benefits- Basic reporting for new hires- Unemployment taxes (when you need to worry about them)- The advantages and timing of outsourcing, rather than handling HR in house- Common questions re: employment law- Basic best practices for interviewing/hiring- Employee reviews + HR advocate on board of directors for smaller nonprofits (i.e. to provide an additional outlet for reporting HR problems)- The "Absolute Musts" of any employee handbook (great resources from ADP on this subject) Fresh Arts Fundamental HR/Employment Policies for Organizations 2014 from Fresh Arts
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Fresh Arts Development Finance and Operation Basics 2014

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THE PRESENTATION FROM THE WORKSHOP DESCRIBED IS EMBEDDED BELOW. Development Finance and Operation Basicsfor the Jack-of-All Arts Administrator(Gift Acceptance, Disclosure Rules & Basic Financial Reporting)For arts administrators of small to mid-sized nonprofitsWednesday, June 4th, 2014@ Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, #B11, Houston, TX 77007PRESENTERS:Amy Lampi, Associate Director of Development, Alley TheatreJoanna Torok, Director of Advancement Operations, Houston Grand OperaAre you in charge of fundraising AND finance within a small organization? Do you struggle with creating a regular routine for acknowledging donations? Do you know how to present your financial position effectively to your board? Are you certain you’re in total compliance with the IRS when accepting gifts? Administrators can expect to walk away from this workshop better equipped to manage broad financial concerns along with a simple check-list of things to do each day to ensure you are staying in compliance.Topics will include: - Creating simple systems for fund development management and operations- Timing, rules, and language for donor receipts- Common mistakes in communicating the tax benefits of donations- How to determine Fair Market Value for special events, etc.- Basic financial reports- Forecasting revenues- Reconciling fundraising activities with greater financial goals Development finance & operation basics for nonprofits_Fresh Arts 2014 from Fresh Arts
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Chicago Artist Resource

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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. 
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Artshound Classifieds

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"Artshound.com is a project of the Houston Arts Alliance. The Houston Arts Alliance seeks to advance the nonprofit arts industry in Greater Houston, thus contributing to enhance the region’s quality of life, economic competitiveness and attractiveness as a tourist destination. Our mission is to nurture, fund and promote participation in the arts in Houston."PERUSE THE ARTSHOUND CLASSIFIEDS HERE. 
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Poets and Writers

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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!)
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Dance USA Classifieds

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Dance/USA offers the most comprehensive listing of jobs, auditions, and fellowships in the dance field. Whether you are a professional ready to take the next step in your career, a dancer looking for a new opportunity, or an organization in search of qualified candidates, we hope you will find this to be a useful service PERUSE DANCE USA'S DATABASE HERE. 
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Dance Source Houston Resources

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The mission of Dance Source Houston is to nurture and support contemporary dance artists, the organizations that present them, and to identify and build audiences for contemporary dance in the greater Houston area.CHECK OUT THE RESOURCES AT DANCE SOURCE HOUSTON HERE.
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