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OrgPad is a very handy online tool for visualizing ideas, creating mind maps, planning, and collaborative work on projects. It also allows you to create presentations. The basic version (up to 3 documents and 100MB of space) is free.
The Bulgarian edition of The Freelance Way has just been published! The book is now available from Locus Publishing, and will soon appear in Bulgarian bookstores.
Would you invest your savings in popular songs? Many freelance investors do. RoyaltyExchange.com enables anyone to buy and sell music rights and copyrights, as (arguably) the world’s largest royalty marketplace. For newbies, there’s also a guide How Royalties Work.
Freelance Business Month is scheduled for October 1–31, 2022, as the world’s longest online event for freelancers, organized by our member Elina Jutelyte and her team. Here’s her Call for speakers open until May 31.
When is the right moment to raise your prices as a freelancer? Sooner than most freelancers do, as explained in this quote from The Freelance Way, chapter Pricing:
The vast majority of freelancers make the move to raise prices too late, when their workload is 100% or more — meaning that they are fairly bogged down by work stress. So they intuitively avoid raising prices all the more, because they want to avoid confronting client complaints. The result then is delaying a price increase for months or years, and an unfortunate state that is so chronic it can truly harm your health or reputation.
Jan de Graaf is a German business consultant for European trade with Asia and especially China, where he has spent 15 years. In this talk for Freelance Friends, Jan shared his freelance journey and described the rich cultural background of his successful freelance business:
We have already mapped 400 resources for freelancers in Europe: platforms, websites, marketplaces, communities, organizations, blogs, podcasts, newsletters, etc. — with a little help from our freelance friends, as well as a number of contributors from all over Europe. If you know of any European resources we have missed, let us know.
Here’s our question of the week for you:
Where do you work best as a freelancer?
Tell us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter — or read how other freelancers answer this question there.
If you’re new to the sub-genre of books on personal finance, Nick Maggiulli’s data-based Just Keep Buying is a solid starter book. It is broader than Housel’s Psychology of Money and more mature than Sethi’s I Will Teach You to Be Rich. The title does not refer to more spending, but rather to saving and investing — i.e. buying investment assets. A fine introduction to both, no matter how boring some of its parts are.
Vita Valka is a graphic and UX designer known for his digital-nomad lifestyle and a new project Camperguru. Each year, his family spends a few months in a camping van, traveling, working and networking all over Europe. Get ready for Vita’s talk of a lifetime — for Freelance Friends: