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September 21, 2023


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, 2023


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, 2023


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, 2023


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, 2023


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, 2023


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, 2023


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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September 6, 2023


Marc Andreessen, who is well-known as an Internet pioneer and prominent tech investor, as well as a supporter of less-regulated AI development, has a great new interview on the Huberman Lab podcast.

He and Andrew Huberman discussed the innovator mindset, which is second nature to those entrepreneurs and freelancers who are okay with going against the crowd, being disagreeable, and risk taking. Naturally, they have also discussed AI and how it transforms the human experience:

Note: There’s also a fantastic book How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley, if you wish to read more on the subject.

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September 5, 2023


Vodafone Business UK specifically recommends as a source for hiring freelance experts in an article with top tips on building a team to manage digital profiles:

„We recommend freelance hiring websites such as Upwork and Freelancing[.eu]“

Thanks for highlighting our open directory!

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September 4, 2023


This post is based on a brilliant 2019 Linda Thompson’s article Dutch website helps journalists better understand freelancer agreements:

The media are said to be in crisis, which is often reflected in one-sided standard contracts offered to freelance writers. They are somehow expected to accept the unfavourable terms and not discuss them because competition is high. Or is it?

As a beginning freelancer, Dutch journalist Nick Kivits accepted this common practice, giving the contracts only a quick read before sending them back signed: “The first few years I did it all wrong. I signed everything,” he remarks.

Nick decided to improve the negotiating position of freelance writers. He began explaining and commenting on standard Dutch media contracts through his website, He focuses on what's wrong, where the common issues lie, and what writers should be cautious of. These are three things in particular: exclusivity terms, payment terms, and copyright clauses. The comments are often informal and humorous, like “Will I be paid extra for re-use? Haha. No.”

Our take: Nick's idea presents an extremely effective and original way to help colleagues in an industry that is rife with one-sided contracting practices. It makes it easy even for beginners to know what to look for in contracts, and it’s clear that freelancers in many other industries would benefit from a similar analysis. The only catch remains the copyright of the contracts themselves — after all, every contract is someone’s copyrighted work, and so publication of the quoted parts must clearly be in the public interest.

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