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Matthew McConaughey as a hustling freelance gold prospector? You need to watch the Gold movie, if only to see your freelancing troubles light as a feather. Anyway, what a flawless acting performance!
With remote work booming, digital nomads are taking over Europe. One of the latest examples is Remote Haven — a co-living project at a 5-star Savoy’s hotel on Portuguese Madeira island. It has hosted over 150 nomads so far, many of them freelancers.
“As freelancers, we work on our own. As humans, we get sick,” writes Suzanne Boles in her article on How to Get Sick as a Freelancer Without Losing Work. She quotes several experienced freelancers and their strategies to deal with sick days.
Mostly, they stick to being their own boss: “I rarely tell a client I’m sick. I feel that as a freelancer, my time is my own to manage.”
“Here everyone is a poet. Be part of Poetizer’s growing community to get your daily dose of inspiration and creativity.”
Would you work for free… ahem, exposure? For Exposure is a Twitter account curated by artist/author Ryan Estrada, who documents outrageous inquiries and offers of spec work — i.e. work for free, exposure, pocket money or other rewards of doubtful value, including scam.
Newly released: If you are interested in European freelancing, you have to watch this! The 42-minute data-based talk European Freelancers & Where to Find Them corrects 4 common misconceptions about freelance work, and offers realistic insights into the European freelance economy, as well as useful guidelines for freelancers and those who hire them.
About the event: WebExpo is one of the best-established web industry conferences in Europe. Since 2008, it has been connecting outstanding global experts with a knowledgeable audience of IT professionals, from developers to designers and online marketers. Set in Prague as well as online, and run by web enthusiasts led by the amazing Sarka Strossova, the event has a unique atmosphere, unlike any other conference we know. It brings the best minds from the European web industry to the rest of the world and vice versa. Make sure to follow them and consider joining in next time.
Do you feel stuck in your career? Creative coach Mark McGuinness has great business advice for that: Forget the career ladder. Start creating assets. Honestly, it is an outstanding strategy for anyone involved in the booming creator economy.
312 freelancers from 37 countries have signed up for our today’s Freelance Friends online event so far!
Many of them are based outside Europe: 44 in USA, 11 in Canada, 5 in Australia, and there is also New Zealand, UAE, Brazil, Chile, South Africa or Singapore.
If you want to join us today from 3 to 8 PM (CET), fill out our last-minute sign-up form.
With this event, we’re going global 🌍
“You almost certainly can't consistently do the kind of work that demands serious mental focus for more than about three or four hours a day,” claims Oliver Burkeman in his time-managment article The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done. He reaches a logical conclusion:
“Ringfence three or four hours of undisturbed focus (ideally when your energy levels are highest). Stop assuming that the way to make progress on your most important projects is to work for longer. … Just focus on protecting four hours – and don't worry if the rest of the day is characterised by the usual scattered chaos.”
Do you know what the most trending app is among freelance geeks for taking notes and organizing knowledge? You may be hearing it for the first time, so make a mental note: Roam Research — Zettelkasten-ready, cloud-based, super-smart, highly engaging and useful. You can try a month for free.