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How New York City Supports Freelancers: The "Freelancers Hub" In Brooklyn

A few months ago I wrote about a UN backed initiative to train Syrian refugees as freelancers, enabling them to step out of poverty and build a financial future for themselves and their families.  The pilot was sponsored by the UNDP in Istanbul and eventually lost its funding, but not before a first cohort of Syrian refugees learned fundamental skills in how to market themselves and manage a business.

More recently, I wrote about how Paiute County had developed a program to bring remote freelance work to the backroads of Utah.  The county has partnered with Utah State to teach freelance and remote skills and work with regional companies to bring freelance jobs to rural communities.

I’ve written about how startups like Parker-Dewey are training students to be effective professionals through micro-freelance assignments that give them the freelance skills and experience they need to build successful careers, whether or not they choose a freelance path.

So a few days ago, I was excited to learn about the Freelancers Hub in my home town, New York City.  The new program is a partnership between the City of New York and the Freelancers Union.  For those unfamiliar with the Freelancers Union, it was created over twenty years ago by Sara Horowitz, who earned a MacArthur Award for her efforts.  Freelancers Union has over 375,000 members, welcomes freelancers in most functional areas, and has evolved into a services, community and advocacy organization.

The Freelancers Hub is located in, of course, Brooklyn.  It’s a non-profit co-working space that offers classes, tax and legal advice — all at no cost — to the city's growing population of freelance workers.

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