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April 19, 2022


The article’s title How to Change Your Freelance Beat in the Middle of Your Career may sound positive and upbeat. But its contents convey the hard truth: Even these minor career transitions are difficult for freelancers, not to mention the “hard forks” of freelance careers (i.e. switching from one profession to another). The fact is that a good name we may have built as freelancers is often tightly connected with our main expertise.

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April 15, 2022


Something special for the Easter weekend: Warren Buffett sat down for a rare new hour-long interview with Charlie Rose to talk about what makes him happy, his daily routine, and his investments, naturally. At 91, he is in incredible form.

Note: The show’s archive of interviews in the Business category looks like Who’s Who of global business.

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April 14, 2022


All things freelance — that will the topic of an Indian talk-show debate BW Dialogue between Dr. Annurag Batra and his guest Robert Vlach, author of The Freelance Way. Register here to watch live on April 15, 12:30pm GMT (6pm IST).

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April 13, 2022


An article titled A Freelancer’s Guide to Organizing Finances outlines clearly some fundamentals for beginning freelancers:

  • Separate personal and business finances
  • Create and follow a budget
  • Pay yourself first
  • Have money set aside in an emergency fund
  • Save for retirement
  • Continue to pay off debt
  • Don’t forget about insurance
  • Set money aside for taxes
  • Plan for ups and downs
  • Have confidence in your finances

Our take: Most of it is quite sensible, except perhaps the Pay yourself first rule. You should pay your helpers first unless agreed otherwise. Not paying others (because you paid yourself first) can easily damage your reputation.

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April 12, 2022


U2 has released a song titled Walk On Ukraine, played and sung by Bono and Edge. They have joined an ever-growing number of independent artists in support of Ukrainians suffering under the Russian invasion.

Last week, another legendary band, Pink Floyd, released its first new song in 28 years, Hey Hey Rise Up, to support Ukraine.

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April 11, 2022


Joe Pulizzi, who popularized the term content marketing years ago, suggests a new term for professionals who earn a living by creating content — content entrepreneurs. He describes a content entrepreneur as a person who, quote:

  1. Delivers consistent information to a group of people, with plans to build a loyal audience and then monetize that audience over time.
  2. Creates content to build a long-term, successful business (not as a hobby).
  3. Begins primarily on one channel (as a podcaster, a blogger, a YouTuber) and then diversifies into many channels.
  4. Generates revenue from their audience in multiple ways.

Our take: We would prefer the term contentpreneur as an alternative. But Joe is right that creator economy is a much broader term that also includes people who create content as a hobby, as well as makers who, for example, sell handicrafts on Etsy (i.e., they are involved in creator economy but are not content creators). As he writes: “Terms are important.”

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April 8, 2022


Pink Floyd has released their first new music — in 28 years! They and many other independent artists all over the free world are rushing to support Ukrainians in their fight for freedom and dignity.

Can we now get a new Harry Potter book from J. K. Rowling, please? 😊

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April 7, 2022


The Problem: Email takes too long to respond to, resulting in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it.

The Solution: Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters, we count sentences instead.

That’s the key idea behind the microsite that can be linked from an email signature or footer. Also known as Five — or Four, or Three, or Two.

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April 6, 2022


Do you want to learn coding? Stop right here: freeCodeCamp is an amazing free resource with over 40,000 graduates since 2014 and more than 5 million subscribers to their YouTube channel packed with tutorials and technical courses.

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April 4, 2022


Creative Boom has published a list of 20 independent magazines that every creative should have on their coffee table — as a source of inspiration:

“As any creative professional will tell you, the more inspiration we can soak up, the better. But as we can't get out and see the world as much as we'd like, it's nice to have the world come to us.”

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