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Mushrooms, Alternative alcohol, Digital health and wellness, and Branded merchandise are the four hot freelance trends for 2021, according to Forbes’ contributor Elaine Pofeldt and her source 99designs.
If you run or manage a coworking space, the Coworking Symposium 2021 free online conference will be happy to have you, on April 15. Its unique concept brings together researchers and people active in the coworking industry from all around the world. Last year’s recording is also available.
To optimize your website content for SEO, you need to 1) understand the relevant search intent, and then 2) strategically prepare and tweak your content to 3) outperform your competitors in terms of quality (the 10x content rule). That’s at least how Jan Onesork puts it in his comprehensive guide How to Optimize Content for SEO — check it out.
If you are a freelancer working in marketing and sales, the online conference organized by Elina Jutelyte and her Belgian Freelance Business Community on April 15–16 is a place to be. The lineup is packed with experienced professionals and interesting workshops, while the first 500 tickets are free and up for grabs!
SquadCast has been praised at our recent freelance think-tank as a great app for recording studio-quality podcasts online. All participants are recorded locally, and only then are their tracks uploaded to the cloud for further processing. Also, there’s a 7-day free trial. Good alternatives would be Cleanfeed, Zencastr and Riverside.fm.
Speaking of Buy me a coffee, another way to get paid for writing for a general audience that has been around for a while is Substack. It enables writers to publish neat newsletters (called publications) and receive payments from subscribers, minus 10% service charge.
A supporter is worth a 1000 followers, claims the homepage of Buy me a coffee. This popular “coffee-funding” platform enables writers, musicians, podcasters and other creators to collect small contributions from their fans. The fee is a mere 5%, and the overall user experience is rather cool, even when compared to the most popular membership platform Patreon.
Here’s a useful free service for the current era of online presentations, Zoom meetings and video calls: Fast.com by Netflix measures the speed and stability of your internet connection in their signature no-brainer fashion.
LinkedIn (owned by Microsoft) is about to launch an online marketplace for freelance gigs later this year. LinkedIn Marketplaces will challenge Fiverr and Upwork — the current top dogs in the so-called gig economy that also includes some freelancers.
Since Google’s search results have gotten worse, a simple-yet-powerful privacy-oriented search engine DuckDuckGo has soared in use. Try it out as a default search in your browser, and perhaps you’ll never return.