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November 13, 2023

REPORT: WHERE DO FREELANCERS FIND CUSTOMERS?

Freelance Business has published their anticipated report on Where do freelancers find customers, which we collaborated on with Na volné noze, The Indie List, and a dozen other freelance communities.

The results are not statistically representative for the overall freelance economy. However, they are valuable enough to dispute an often-repeated claim about the growing importance of freelance platforms that serve as intermediaries between individual freelancers and their clients. The responses from 434 freelancers across 58 countries suggest that the significance of online platforms as a source for freelance work remains low. The top sources were, quite typically, based on social relations:

  • 54% from existing or past clients
  • 45% from recommendations by friends, family or colleagues
  • 35% from social media
  • 20% from their own website or web presentation
  • 17% from direct pitches to clients
  • 15% from freelance platforms (such as Fiverr, Upwork, etc.)

“Low Platform Engagement: A mere 14.7% of freelancers have secured clients through freelance platforms in the last year,” concludes Elina Jutelyte in the report. Arguably, only a fraction of that ~15% rely on freelance platforms as their primary source of work, potentially reducing their actual market share to the lower single digits. This is also in line with past research, as summarized in the talk European Freelancers & Where to Find Them.

For more detailed insights, read the full report.

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November 8, 2023

BANSKO: BULGARIA’S DIGITAL NOMAD HUB

In recent years, Bansko at the base of the Pirin Mountains in Bulgaria has become one of Europe’s most popular digital nomad hubs, alongside the Canary Islands or Madeira, according to the BBC.

Freelancers and other remote workers love the area for its vibe, nature, low cost of living, and range of interesting activities all year long. There’s also the annual Bansko Nomad Fest, and a number of great coworking places.

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November 7, 2023

CARTEL AGAINST FREELANCERS

Does your company hire freelancers and share their rate information with industry peers? Make sure to double-check that you are not participating in an unlawful cartel-like behavior. For example, an UK regulator is investigating scripted drama producers for sharing information to fix freelancer pay rates. If found guilty, the companies may be subject to fines of up to 10% of their turnover, according to The Freelance Informer.

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November 1, 2023

PRICING PROFILE

Here’s my pricing profile. What’s yours? — That’s the challenge published in our latest newsletter. Fill out your anonymous pricing profile, and after submission, see how other freelancers responded.

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October 30, 2023

12 PRICING TAKE-AWAYS

There’s been a lot of talk about freelance pricing recently, and that’s a good thing. There are hardly any strict rules because freelancers are such a diverse group. Sharing experiences is one thing that truly helps — getting inspired by people's ideas, like the list of 12 things Austin Church learned about pricing during his 14 years of freelancing. We like his last bit of wisdom:

“You’ll know you’re getting closer to the right prices when they offend the wrong clients. To become the more expensive option will do wonders for your profits and your joy quotient.”

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October 26, 2023

SARAH INTERVIEWS ROBERT

Sarah Duran interviewed Robert Vlach on The Hustler’s Manifesto podcast about some themes covered in his best-selling business book The Freelance Way, and especially freelance pricing.

One of the highlights in their conversation was how pricing impacts the overall subjective experience of freelance work. Robert pointed out that if we dislike a particular job, it’s often because we are underpriced and overstretched. Doing the same work when well-rested or better compensated can feel entirely different.

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October 23, 2023

HOW TO BRAG

Personal marketing is a sore spot for many freelancers who don’t want to look self-centered and arrogant. On the other hand, self-promotion is a quite necessary part of the freelance way, unless you have skills that are unique or in high demand.

A socially acceptable approach is outlined in an article How to brag without sounding arrogant, according to new research.

It points out that people are much more comfortable with self-presentation that also highlights others — e.g. collaborators, sources, or inspirations. And indeed, if you follow successful freelancers on social media, they often do it exactly like that.

By the way, kudos to Sarah Duran for sharing the article in her awesome newsletter 😉

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October 19, 2023

HAPPY FREELANCER DAY

Happy International Freelancer Day — and night! 🌠

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October 17, 2023

FREELANCER SUMMIT

If you happen to be in Belgium this week, check out the Freelancer Summit 2023 that takes place on October 19 in Gent.

The event, co-organized by Unizo, NextConomy, and GigHouse, follows last year’s Day of the Freelancer conference, bringing together 250 freelancers to network and get inspired by 9 great speakers.

What a great way to celebrate the International Freelancer Day, which also happens to be October 19!

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October 13, 2023

PRICING Q&A WITH ROBERT VLACH

Freelance Business Month presents an online Q&A session on freelance pricing and business negotiations with Robert Vlach, author of The Freelance Way and founder of Freelancing.eu.

The Q&A is scheduled for Friday, October 20, from 18:00 (CET) and you can sign up to this meeting for free via Zoom:

“Pricing and business negotiations are two essential skills for independent professionals. In this deep-dive Q&A session, Robert Vlach will take your questions and give comprehensive answers that will broaden your understanding of freelance pricing and negotiation strategies. This is crucial because pricing isn't just a one-off matter. There are no universal rules applicable to all the hundreds of industries and thousands of professions where freelancers offer their services. In essence, freelance pricing is a process of gradual improvement and this is also why debates like these are super-useful.”

Our tip: You can also register for the whole Freelance Business Month with free access, or get full access with a 25% discount.

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