I’m considering joining the Freelancers Union and the New York chapter of the AIGA.

The Freelancers Union is an organization united to make sure independent workers have access to quality health insurance and the benefits of advocacy. Considering my decision to continue freelancing in New York until the right full-time position comes along, I figure it’s smart to give myself the best shot at viable local business. Who knows, freelancing may turn out to be just as lucrative. It certainly did in Detroit.

The AIGA is just a good idea. It’s been a good idea but I’ve been reluctant to shell out the cash to join. But let’s face it, it’s tax deductible, and professional associations carry with them many benefits.

Namely, a cache of networking events and growth opportunities currently hard to find as a New York newbie. I have to say it’s long overdue. I think it will also make me feel a little more credible as a member of the design community.

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