What freelancers need to know about COVID-19 economic relief

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Stimulus and other resources are meant to help independent contractors during the coronavirus crisis. But getting access to them can be tricky. As the U.S. sheds jobs at unprecedented levels, independent contractors, freelancers, and soloist self-employed workers are also watching work dry up and budgets freeze. However, unlike their salaried counterparts, contract workers typically don’t have some of the financial buffers that are available to employees who lose their jobs. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 effect: How Mable pivoted to support vulnerable Australians

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Mable is an online platform which connects people with disability and older Australians with independent care and support workers, nurses and allied health professionals in their community. It differs from other provider models, as it gives more choice to both users and the independent support workers, so they feel they’re in control – something that can often feel ‘taken away’ in these groups.

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Have an ambitious design idea? This new platform gets brands to give you money

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Alternative Thinkers wants to give designers funding—without forcing them to give up their creative independence. Designers and makers rarely have the cash to fund independent creative projects, which explains the popularity of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But crowdfunding has its limitations: it requires a critical mass of backers, and only certain projects have popular appeal, which is why many worthy projects never get funded. Read Full Story

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The dark reality behind Slack’s billion-dollar sale to Salesforce

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Slack wanted to stay independent. But in a landscape dominated by tech giants, that proved impossible. Last week, and with much fanfare , Slack announced that it would sell itself to tech behemoth Salesforce for a whopping $27.7 billion. By many measurements, this should be an incredible achievement and success story. In reality, it represents a decisive about-face for Slack , which had previously made clear that, despite new competition from Microsoft’s largely copycat product Teams, it wanted to remain independent. Read Full Story

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