Freelance work can feel liberating--you set your own schedule, and you can turn down jobs you don't like. But it can also feel scary--you're on your own for health insurance, tax issues, fair working conditions. (You don't have to be paid minimum wage if you're doing the work at a flat rate for the project.)
There's a group called Freelancers Union set up as a response and resource to the need for knowledge, networking, ratings, and all-around mutual support. It crossed my path in the Sunday New York Times article I've linked below.
It's worth a look-see, even if you are not planning to work as a freelancer. You may want to think about it; or you may find yourself freelancing by default; or you may find yourself supervising freelance workers.
- You can view the Freelancers Union homepage here: http://www.freelancersunion.org/
- Read a Wikipedia article about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freelancers_Union
- A March 24, 2013 New York Times article about them here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/business/freelancers-union-tackles-concerns-of-independent-workers.html