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The latest Design Without Borders 2020 survey subtitled The Freelance REvolution claims that the situation for independent creative professionals has actually improved in 2020: “Amidst the chaos, freelance designers have come out stronger and more optimistic about the future than we could have ever predicted.” — 99designs have surveyed over 11,000 of them across 147 countries to produce the 72-page-long report.
Malt and BCG have published a joint report Freelancing in Europe 2021, and it is full of valuable insights. However, it has only surveyed a subset of Malt’s users in Germany, France, and Spain, so the results are probably not representative of the whole European freelance economy.
The Economist magazine is one of the most useful publications for any businessperson, be it a freelancer or CEO. The full subscription is quite expensive, but there is a little-known alternative:
If you install the Amazon Kindle app on your mobile, you can get a free month-long subscription (ie. 4 issues) of The Economist’s Kindle edition and then continue for 3 extra months for only ~$25 — long-enough time to get a real taste of their outstanding journalism. (Just remember to unsubscribe via Amazon if you decide not to go ahead with the paid subscription after your first free month.)
Also, they now offer a full annual digital subscription with a time-limited 50% discount. The best you can ever get.
If you are a freelancer with international ambitions reaching beyond the English-speaking world, you may have been pondering the obvious question: Which is the best language to learn? The comprehensive answer published by The Economist may surprise you — and it’s not Mandarin Chinese 😉 (Enter your email to pass Economist’s paywall.)
If you’re an independent expert considering a career move towards becoming a public intellectual, here’s an insightful essay with a well-meant warning against spreading yourself too thin by doing so: Public intellectuals have short shelf lives—but why?
On his journeys, Vita explores one of the upsides of freelance life — more freedom to work and travel any way you like. For several months each year, he has been freelancing while traveling in a camper with his family across the EU, writing a great blog about it.
The Origins Podcast hosted by the world-known scientist Lawrence Krauss features in-depth and thought-provoking conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world. Writers, artists, scientists, and other outstanding professionals or thinkers share their origins stories and insights. For example in the newest episode, the famous filmmaker Woody Allen sits down with Krauss for his first comprehensive video discussion in over 30 years!
Drop everything and watch this! The Beatles: Get Back is a new movie project by Peter Jackson, one of the most acclaimed directors of all time (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit). He is revisiting 56 hours of never-before-seen Beatles footage to produce a digitally remastered HD spectacle, coming soon in 2021. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!
Note: Jackson pulled off such an incredible feat before, with They Shall Not Grow Old documentary and long-forgotten films from the Great War.
Freelancing with its flexibility, intensity, and autonomy seems to be an important trend in the ongoing long-term evolution of work towards being safer, more interesting and more intense — a broader picture explained by Arthur Diamond in his Reason article about the modern history of work.