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Finally a Cafe That Values Your Time As Much As You Do

For freelancers, entrepreneurs, and technomads all over the world, “going to work” in 2014 looks a lot different than it did ten years ago....


For freelancers, entrepreneurs, and technomads all over the world, “going to work” in 2014 looks a lot different than it did ten years ago. While it’s possible to work on a high speed train, in a hotel bed, or reclined at 40,000 feet, sometimes what an independent worker really needs is a bit more mundane: a desk, a power plug, and a reliable wifi connection.

For Ukranian entrepreneur Leonid Goncharov, the Paris cafe scene—which, like many things in France, is a bit set in its ways—was not particularly accommodating to hackers, writers, and designers clicking away on their Macbooks. So early in 2013, at the ripe old age of 24, he founded the cafe/startup known as AntiCafe, a co-working space and coffee shop where you pay by time you spend (€3 for the hour, or €14 for the whole day), not by what you consume.

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The World's Longest Invoice: Freelancers Union Declares War on Shady Clients

Ever been stiffed by a client? Add what you're owed to the World's Longest Invoice.


We wrote back in December that freelance is the new 9-to-5—the steady job as we know it is being elbowed out by temporary and contract work. One of the huge problems with that? The payment bottleneck. Any independent contractor spends a big chunk of their time crafting follow-up emails to clients inquiring about the status of their checks, with just the right blend of sass and warmth necessary to receive their due without burning bridges. It's exhausting, and when you're behind on your rent, terrifying. Sometimes it ends in small claims court or aggressive letters from lawyers, but even that's cold comfort for someone dramatically behind on their bills.

Legislation hasn't kept up with our economic reality, so contingent workers have little recourse when they get stiffed. Fortunately, the Freelancers Union is fighting back. To promote the Freelancer Payment Protection Act–which would legally protect freelancers from shady clients who don't pay their bills—the union has launched The World's Longest Invoice, an exponentially growing tally of contract workers' outstanding balances. The site launched Thursday, and at the time of this posting, it's already up to more than 7 million dollars. I added my own sum to the list, and it was buried in seconds. The bills range from a few dollars to a stunning $150,000, owed to designers, website developers, DJs, wedding photographers, publicists, copy editors, animators—pretty much any creative person you can think of.

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From Teacher to Writer: Why I'm Proud to Be Part of 'Generation Job-Hop'

After five years of teaching English, I traded in my classroom keys for bylines. And I've never been happier.

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In our weekly Hustlin' series, we go beyond the pitying articles about recession-era youth and illuminate ways our generation is coping. The last few years may have been a rude awakening, but we're surviving. Here's how.

Five months ago, I packed up my backpack, flicked off the lights, and locked up my classroom. After six years of trying to mold young minds and have my very own Freedom Writers moment, I closed the door one afternoon and never looked back.

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