Navigating the new economy is going to require communication, cooperation, and solidarity. Join us to learn how labor organizing as a freelance, 1099, or gig worker can help us build a stronger economy together.
The tech economy changes every day. As freelancers, we thrive on change: constantly learning new skills, pitching new projects, and revamping our portfolios. Through FOCUS we can collectively shape our experiences and priorities in this and future economies.
With FOCUS, freelancers collaborate and learn from and lean on each other. Our communication increases transparency around working conditions and wages. And, speaking together, we advocate for increased equity. Let’s stop pitting ourselves against each other and start uniting for change.
We get contracts because clients need us: simply put, our clients’ businesses work because we do. We are a vital part of their success--but is our contribution properly valued? Coming together through FOCUS, we demonstrate our value and demand jobs that work for us as well as they work for our clients.
Pittsburgh is a town built on industry, with a rich history of successful businesses and worker power. We come together as FOCUS, Freelancers Organized for Change, Unity, and Strength, to add our voices to the conversation of what work looks like in the present day. As freelancers, we’re independent, driven, and creative entrepreneurs, adding value to every project we work on.
We’re part of a new economy, moving away from traditional employer-employee relationships. With FOCUS, we come together to make sure that the new economy works just as well for us as it does for tech capital.
"When I started freelancing at WH Digital I was brought on mainly for my business knowledge, but they allowed me to grow into social media management, graphic design, web development, and more. They push you towards opportunity and give you the tools and support to succeed"
“The work we do is challenging but it does give you the ability to foster your talents and learn new technologies. The schedule has been tremendous as well, being able to work during the evening and watch my kids during the day while their mom studies for her masters!”
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