Today on the Advanced Freelancing podcast, my guests Kim Kavin and Jen Singer are joining me to discuss the important topic of legislation that impacts independent contractors.
Discover the recent interests that legislators have started taking in the gig economy and how important it is that we understand what they are doing. Learn how you can best explain to policy makers what you do as a freelancer and the unintended political consequences of the changes that are being made.
You cannot afford to take a back seat on this! Allowing someone else to make the decisions for your business means running the risk of your clients letting you go because working with you is not worth the consequences.! If you don’t speak up, someone else will incorrectly share the story of what you do, and it may shut your business down.
Here are some things we covered in this episode:
- How anti-freelancer laws might affect you
- Laws that are endangering independent contractors
- The changes made in California that affected freelancers
- How Kim and Jen stopped a bill that would have affected freelancers in New Jersey
- How to leverage your network to be active and advocate in your state
- How to share your voice at the state and national level
- Politicians that you need to know and how to contact them
- Discover the ABC test and how to share it with legislators
- How to share with legislators what will put you out of business
- Join the group Fight for Freelancers at: facebook.com/groups/fightforfreelancersusa
Kim Kavin chose to become a full-time freelance writer and editor in 2003, after a decade spent working as a newspaper and magazine staffer. She has won dozens of national awards, including the Folio: Eddie and the Donald Robinson Prize for Investigative Journalism. In 2019, she joined with other writers to stop anti-freelancer laws by creating Fight For Freelancers, a nonpartisan, self-funded, ad hoc coalition that now represents all kinds of independent contractors nationwide. Learn more at www.kimkavin.com or www.fightforfreelancersusa.com
Jen Singer is a writer and editor who has appeared in numerous media, including the CBS Evening News, the Wall Street Journal, and Good Housekeeping. Among the original mom bloggers, she is the author of five books. She is a co-founder of Fight for Freelancers, a non-partisan, grassroots group battling anti-independent contractor legislation.
Laura Briggs, The Freelance Coach™, the Founder and Executive Director of Operation Freelance, a two-time TEDx speaker, freelancer, freelance strategy and marketing coach, and author of three books with Entrepreneur Press: How to Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business (2019), the Six Figure Freelancer (2020), How to Become a Virtual Assistant (2021), and the Complete Guide to Website Copywriting (2022). She’s been featured in Business Insider, Thrive Global, and Inc. and is an ongoing contributor on Entrepreneur.com
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Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 10,000 people.
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