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When it comes to self-education, The Great Courses are a real jewel. Produced by The Teaching Company, they bring over 500 courses from the world’s best English-speaking lecturers — scientists, academics, businessmen, and other experts — into your smartphone.
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If you want to start a podcast, Anchor by Spotify would arguably be the coolest and easiest solution around. It’s free, including hosting your episodes and their (mostly automated) distribution to Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts, etc. The app is great, too — you may produce the whole show on your smartphone in no time.
Note: A more conservative hands-on alternative would be SoundCloud, which is a paid service.
When it comes to social media, it all begins with Adam — namely Adam Zbiejczuk, our new Star Member and the go-to social-media consultant for Central and Eastern Europe. He is one of the best-connected industry experts in the area, but he also works with global companies in mastering LinkedIn for their business. Check out his impressive professional profile, and feel free to connect!
Signal is not only one of the most secure messaging apps for work, praised among others by Edward Snowden and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. It also has a desktop version for Windows, Mac, and Linux, enabling users to chat, make video calls, send voice messages and files from both their computer and mobile phone. That offers a substantial productivity boost without sharing mobile’s SMS messages — a good solution from a security point of view.
Note: To keep up with a high level of Signal’s security features, it goes without saying that the computer should also be secured by password, hard-drive encryption, etc.
Have you ever heard the often-repeated claim that freelancers make up a third of the U.S. workforce? That’s a highly misleading statement based on a super-wide definition of freelance work.
Fiverr’s recent 2021 Freelance Economic Impact Report entitled Sizing the Top Markets for Skilled Freelancers in the U.S. dived into official stats compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. Looking at over 20 million tax returns for non-employer entities with at least $1,000 in annual receipts, they came up with a wholly different number:
“We estimate that there were 6.1 million skilled independent workers in creative, technical, and professional services in the U.S. as of 2020. Altogether, these skilled independents are estimated to earn about 1.1% of the U.S.’s GDP in revenue and make up 3.8% of the civilian labor force.”
This year’s European Freelancers Week is scheduled for October 18-24, with Freelance Business Month as the executive partner. Anyone can register their event, and the plan is to engage as many coworking places as possible, even though most of the events will happen online. Once again, we are proud to be supporting the event as a partner.
Also, if you have anything to share with others, you can now join as a speaker.