free·​lanc·​er | \ˈfrē-ˌlan(t)-sər \

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The Freelancers Union is a national nonprofit, headquartered in Brooklyn, that advocates on behalf of freelancers nationwide. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "New York City is Setting Up Space to Help Freelancers," 22 Aug. 2018 More than 900 freelancers have subscribed to Ease, with 400 signing up within 24 hours of the platform's launch last year. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This platform connects emerging companies with vetted freelance talent to grow," 14 June 2018 But co-working spaces — a relatively new concept popular among small startups and freelancers — contain mostly paying customers, not employees. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "WeWork’s free beer to flow again, legal or not," 7 June 2018 Bear has been working for himself as a professional musician for nearly a decade, having studied graphic design in school; freelancers and office workers alike will chuckle at his compact desk space and exercise ball turned chair. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Watch Toro y Moi Embrace Normcore Style (Including Tevas!) in His New Music Video," 23 Oct. 2018 The last contact with Yasuda was a message to another Japanese freelancer on June 23, 2015. Kaori Hitomi, Fox News, "Wife of missing Japanese journalist makes tearful appeal," 7 Aug. 2018 Upwork makes its money by taking a cut of the cash paid to the freelancer. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In yet another 2018 IPO, the freelancing startup Upwork has filed to go public," 24 July 2018 For freelancers, properly managing your money really comes down to knowing your cash flow, managing your expenses, planning ahead, and developing alternative revenue streams. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, "How to Overcome the Financial Instability of Freelancing," 23 Apr. 2018 The country’s three most prominent fake news busters—Alt News, BOOM and SM Hoax Slayer—count fewer than a dozen fact checkers among them, and these include unpaid freelancers who contribute out of a passion for the job. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "India’s Government Wages a Phony War on Fake News," 5 Apr. 2018

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1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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