Freelancer’s Union is about to bring revolution

April 3rd, 2009 - 1:22 am ICT by GD  

With jobs getting more elusive each day, the freelancers are coming in the forefront. Freelancing, which once formed a choice of lifestyle, has taken the shape of economic survival today. The existence of Freelancers Union well manifests the growing pool of freelancers. Sara Horowitz, executive director of Freelancers Union considers freelancing to be new jobs, and visions a change in the work-from-home world.

The recent upsurge in freelancing is not left unnoticed as Freelancers Union, a nonprofit group in New York estimated that freelancers constituted 30 percent of all workers. With companies shifting to contract workers, outsourcing on Odesk (one of the several Web sites that couple project work with remote or home-based workers) has trebled last year.

The speech of Mayor Michel Bloomberg addressing the Economic Club, adds a little more relief to the freelancers with their new appeal. New York City is working out for a federal unemployment benefit for freelancers and is all set to ask the state for a reduction in the unincorporated business tax. New York City will pair with the Freelancer’s union, to offer health-care and other benefits to independent workers and shall draft a proposal for a federal unemployment benefit, as said by Bloomberg.

In order to make this provision for freelancers the Union will create a fund contributed by workers and that would also offer freelancers certain level of tax benefits. The city is also looking forward to eliminate a levy that aims to “double-tax” independent contractors and sole proprietors. This is expected to offer tax benefits for 17000 businesses.

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