In 2011, my buddy, Adam Tompkins, and I decided to do something about the lack of structure and support for freelance creatives. Not just creatives that were between jobs, but the really good ones that wanted to stay independent so that they could have creative lives beyond how they earned a paycheck. Some of the best talent in the business fits into this category. So we conceived Working Not Working, the first real-time network that broadcasts the availability of the best freelance creatives to companies looking to hire them. Built by Oak Studios, we launched in January 2012. To date, the community has grown to over 3,600 creatives and more than 200 of the best creative companies in the world using Working Not Working to manage their freelance talent – including Apple, Google, Droga5, Wieden+Kennedy, Airbnb, Kickstarter, IDEO and The New York Times.
We've recently launched The UnJobBoard to help companies promote their best freelance and full-time creative opportunities directly to Working Not Working members. Along with introducing a full-time status for creatives since freelance to full-time is such an ebb and flow.
Working Not Working is an invite-only community of the best
CREATIVES in the UNIVERSE. We seek out the most respected, most awarded
and hardest working people so you don’t have to.
Creatives MANAGE THEIR PROFILE to broadcast WHETHER they are: WORKING, AVAILABLE or AVAILABLE SOON.
HIRERS SEARCH + DISCOVER TALENT
THEN ADD THEIR FAVORITE CREATIVES TO THEIR DASHBOARD WHERE
THEY CAN QUICKLY SEE WHO'S AVailable AND WHO'S NOT.
fill full-time roles WITH WNW TALENT ON THE UNJOBBOARD.
We’ve launched the first job board that doesn’t totally suck.
THE FREELANCER HOLIDAY PARTY
For too long freelancers have been left out in the cold like poor, crippled Tiny Tim. Watching through the windows while full-time folks get gropey on the dance floor at office holiday parties. In 2012, we changed that with The First Annual Freelancer Holiday Party. Check out year two here and the most recent blowout below.