And lucky for you, your union is doing something about it. (If you're not yet a member of the Freelancers Union, you can join for free here.)
Here's an update from Carolyn Silveira, our connection at Freelancers Union, who will be joining us in person for the first time at the Creative Freelancer Conference in Chicago, June 23-24, sharing more details about what your union is doing!
Recently a group of 60 members lobbied New York legislators to pass our bill, the Freelancer Payment Protection Act, that would make sure all freelancers get paid.
All together we were 60 people, a veritable sea of red “Squeaky Wheel” t-shirts. In fact, while one team sat in on the Assembly Labor Committee’s vote on our bill (it passed!), we overheard one Assemblyperson say to another, “Who are those people?” To which the reply was, “That’s Freelancers Union. They’re a powerful new union.” To which we can only say, Yeah, baby!
Read the rest here and join if you haven't already! (It's free.)
BTW: If you are having trouble getting paid, there is an entire chapter on the topic in The Creative Professional's Guide to Money by Ilise Benun. And if you're having trouble figuring out what to charge, check out Marketing Mentor's Pricing Bundle.