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Robert Vlach has picked his books of 2022, some of which are relevant to freelancers:
New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed state-level Freelance Isn't Free Law, delivering a major blow to the Freelancers Union’s campaign to protect freelancers against non-payers above the level enjoyed by other businesses. The legislation has been a hallmark of the Union’s effort that was supposed to serve as a model for other cities and states across the U.S.
In her letter, Hochul claims that the new legislation would require an expense of at least several million dollars annually, regulation of private contracts, and a new complaint process that would functionally displace civil courts.
Note that since 2017, the city-level Freelance Isn’t Free Act has recovered ca. $2 million in wages owed to freelancers, according to Graphic Artists Guild.
Are you looking to improve your work habits this year? Andrew Huberman, the Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford Medicine and host of the renowned Huberman Lab Podcast, has a great suggestion for a highly functional schedule:
And of course nourish, hydrate, relate & avoid energy sinks, i.e. don’t mix states of mind across above steps; practice functional compartmentalization.
Obviously, each can be of different duration. The key here is really to learn how to turn on and off different modes of thinking and action according to the multiple demands of daily life. Nothing is worse than someone who can’t frameshift.
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This Book May Save Your Life is a pretty bombastic title, but thankfully the content doesn’t disappoint. This fantastic book summarizes what science knows about human health in a readable evidence-based form. The author, Graham Lawton, is an award-winning science writer. Highly recommended reading for all freelancers who care about their long-term health and well-being.
HarperAudio has released The Freelance Way as an unabridged audiobook — now available worldwide on Audible!
HarperCollins acquired global publishing English-language rights for Robert Vlach’s best-selling book earlier this year, making it available globally in paperback and e-book editions, newly complemented with the full-length 20-hour audiobook.
As freelancers, we often take macroeconomic factors as a given. However, the legendary investor Howard Marks suggests in his newest memo Sea Change that we may be going through a profound economic change — only a third one in his 53-year investment career:
“We’re witnessing a complete reversal of the conditions … which prevailed in 2021 and late 2020, throughout the 2009-2019 period, and for much of the last 40 years.”
The memo is also available on Spotify as a podcast.