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The World's Longest Invoice Shows How Much Freelancers Don't Get Paid

Kevin Whipps April 10, 2024 · 1 min read

I’ve been freelancing in one form or another for over a decade, and there’s one sad truth: some clients just don’t pay. At one point, I was owed $5,000 from a client, and $5,000 from another – true story. Obviously I dropped those clients, but the fact remains that freelancers get stiffed on the bill more often than they’d like to admit. To point out this unfortunate reality, Freelancers Union has created the World’s Longest Invoice, where you can add your own IOU to the list, and see how much the running total is for freelancers worldwide.

That’s crazy, right? As I write, there’s just shy of $3,000,000 owed to freelancers all across the world. That is not only tremendously depressing, but somebody needs to do something about it – and that’s where Freelancers Union comes in. They want to empower the freelance worker with the tools they need to survive. Now, I’m not a member, but it is free, and there are cool benefits (including health insurance!) to consider. The way I see it, anybody who can help you stay off of the World’s Longest Invoice is doing a good thing in my book.

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Hi! My name is Kevin Whipps, and I'm a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When I'm not working taking pictures of old cars and trucks, I'm either writing articles for Creative Market or hawking stickers at Whipps Sticker Co.

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