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The share of independent contractors—which is how freelancers are typically classified—had shrunk since 2005. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Real Cure for Economic Insecurity," 16 Jan. 2019 The newsroom won a second Emmy for best original musical composition and score by freelancer John Angier. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "The Oregonian/OregonLive wins 2 regional Emmys for Nora documentary," 9 June 2018 There’s a lot freelancers can do to help our clients paint a more accurate picture of humanity. Michelle Goodman, The Seattle Times, "How to be a more inclusive freelancer," 16 Oct. 2018 Pete used Fiverr, an online service that allows people to pay freelancers to do a variety of tasks, from graphic design to education. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Internet rallies around VoiceoverPete after he gets booted from Fiverr," 9 Nov. 2018 But of course most freelancers today are not working through apps. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 The clientele of companies like Remote Year include lots of entrepreneurs and freelancers—writers, graphic designers, marketing consultants—but a surprising number of Fortune 500 employees participate, too. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "How to Work Remotely—In an Exotic New City Each Month," 29 Aug. 2018 Here are 11 of them, as recommended by some top freelancers and entrepreneurs. 1. Dorothy Mitchell, USA TODAY, "11 Actionable Productivity Hacks for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs," 21 May 2018 Co-founder Audrey Gelman said that about half of the members are freelancers or entrepreneurs; others hold more traditional jobs. Michael Chandler, Washington Post, "Female-focused co-working spaces offer career and child-care help still lacking in many traditional workplaces," 21 Feb. 2018

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1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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