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September 29


Check out the snapshots on Facebook from our 1st super-awesome international freelance meetup that we hosted this week in Bratislava, Slovakia, in collaboration with Coworking Cvernovka and the creative center Nová Cvernovka.

In the beautiful Indian summer weather, over 50 of us gathered—mostly local, Central-European freelancers, but we also had a few folks from Austria and Belgium! The 2-day meetup was all about casual networking, discussions, and undisturbed work in the sunlit coworking space.

A highlight of the gathering was a live 2.5-hour debate on freelance business with Robert Vlach, and also a tour of Nová Cvernovka, which, apart from coworking, includes 130 creative studios and workshops, a garden, nursery, sauna, café, bakery, bar, shopping, and gourmet zones, hosting dozens of events monthly.

A big shoutout to our friends at Cvernovka for their hospitality and collaboration, and to all of you who made it to this first international meetup!

Looking forward to seeing you soon at other Freelancers On the Road gatherings across Europe. We'll keep you posted on upcoming events in our newsletter.

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September 25


This week, we’re kicking off our new format of international freelance meetups:

The first event in the Freelancers On the Road series is happening this Wednesday and Thursday (September 27–28) in Bratislava, in collaboration with Coworking Cvernovka and Nova Cvernovka.

Joining is easy! Attendance is free; all you have to do is join the Facebook event and then show up in good spirits.

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September 22


Breaking news in AI: DALL·E 3 image generator by OpenAI will be part of the paid version of ChatGPT Plus, in October.

This represents another step away from purely text-based AI chatbots towards a multimodal AI that could eventually communicate through images and voice.

A significant improvement is expected to be its enhanced ability to work with text in images, a challenge that has been troubling competitor tools like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion (Adobe Firefly approaches the issue differently).

The introductory presentation video of Dalle 3 alone takes your breath away—in the hands of skilled (not only) freelance creators it will undoubtedly be an immensely powerful tool for creative work:

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September 21


Interest in longevity and promoting healthspan is surging among freelancers. One of the new frontiers in this area of interest is the focus on so-called metabolic health, and especially on reversing insulin resistance as one of the pre-diabetes conditions.

Veri is a measuring device connected to an app that enables users to measure their body's reaction to various foods and other factors. This helps users improve their diet and, potentially, extend their lifespan. Even better, most of the benefits can be felt in everyday life and work.

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September 20


In October, Freelance Business Month 2023, produced by Elina Jutelyte and her team, is coming to your screens with huge improvements in terms of lineup, program, and benefits for paying participants compared to free tickets. Go for it!

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September 19


If you’ve missed the two recent episodes on improving eyesight by Stanford’s professor of neurobiology Andrew Huberman (or they were too long for you to watch), he also published a useful protocol summary on Exercises & Nutrition to Support Eye Health. It may be especially helpful if you are over 40 or working mostly indoors.

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September 18


Our first international meetup for freelancers on September 27-28 in Slovakia is just around the corner.

Join us for an enriching experience as you network with other freelancers, discuss business, and work in the incredible environment of Coworking Cvernovka in Bratislava.

Attendance is free; no registration is required. Just join the Facebook event and then show up in good spirits.

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September 14


US-based solopreneur coach and writer Sarah Duran is one of the brightest voices in the business of freelancing. Over the years, we’ve shared a number of her articles, and now she’s coming with a special:

Boss Mindset is Sarah’s free virtual workshop for freelancers, consultants, and solopreneurs, scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2023 at 9am MST (or 5pm CET in Europe).

Sarah is bright and experienced, an outspoken supporter of running freelancing as a profitable business. This is a great opportunity to e-meet her in person. If you miss it, at least make sure to subscribe to Sarah’s newsletter The Hustler's Manifesto on Substack so that you won’t miss the next one.

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September 11


German quality… in apps?! You bet.

Most of the current AI-powered apps are just hype, but the German-made Auphonic is a different beast. An extremely powerful and easy-to-use sound processor, it allows podcasters and audio creators of all kinds to produce much clearer sound from the original audio — or video (yes, you can even upload videos, including short clips recorded on your phone).

The list of features is extensive, while the app itself is quite inexpensive, especially when you buy 100 hours of one-time credits at €1.47 per hour.

“Auphonic is one of my favorite pieces of software. The integration of AI is seamless and makes the audio processing of the podcast I host simple and reliable. I highly recommend it!” — Lex Fridman

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September 7


Elaine Pofeldt, the author of The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, is one of the truly original writers on freelance business, and especially the top-earning tier.

Her recent Forbes article, 10 Niches Where Very Lean Businesses Are Making Big Money, is yet another example:

She analyzed census data to determine the niches where microbusinesses with up to four employees have the most money left over after making payroll, and came up with a top ten list that includes Creamery butter manufacturing, Ethanol and grain alcohol manufacturing, or Flavoring syrup and concentrate manufacturing.

These (and others) are hardly dream jobs for most people, but the profit angle could be quite persuasive for some.

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