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September 30

THE FREELANCERS MANIFESTO

The Freelancers Manifesto that has just been released by European Freelancers Week ahead of the main event is an excellent piece of policy change to be implemented. Please add your signature to support the good cause ✌ Here’s the abridged outline:

  1. Recognition​ — Give us official status at all levels of government and legislation. Talk to our representative organisations and give us a seat at the table.
  2. Definition​ — We are highly skilled self-employed workers without employees. We are fixed term contractors, we are the people innovating the models of work with new approaches. Realise that we’re not the same as small and medium size enterprises.​
  3. Regulation — When you create policy about employment and industry, think about how it will specifically affect freelancers, the smallest among small businesses.​
  4. Access​ — Make sure freelancers can access all government services, bid for official contracts, participate in training programs and qualify for funding. Design a welfare system more considerate to freelancers' needs.
  5. Counting​ — Include freelancers in all official statistics, and better research our sector. Don’t put us together with other small business categories.
  6. Coworking​ — Make Europe the best place to be a business by building world-class infrastructures for freelancers, making government contracts freelancer-friendly and incentivising the use of shared work spaces.

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September 29

STAR MEMBER: MARK MCGUINNESS

We’re proud to welcome our new star member: Mark McGuinness is a UK-based coach for creative professionals, author of four books for creatives, a contributor to two international bestsellers, and host of The 21st Century Creative podcast

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September 28

$100-MILLION PODCAST

One won’t expect independent professionals to sign $100-million exclusivity deals. Yet that’s precisely what happened with Joe Rogan and Spotify, binding the most famous podcaster to the largest streaming platform. Good for him, rather risky for Spotify 🤞

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September 25

COCONAT WORKATION RETREAT

Psst! Wanna tip for your next European trip? The Coconat Workation Retreat in the countryside near Berlin is one of the world’s cutest coworking/coliving spaces for freelancers and digital nomads. Its name stands for community and concentrated work in nature — and that’s exactly what it is.

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September 23

FREELANCE FORWARD 2020

A new study Freelance Forward 2020, sponsored by Upwork that traditionally defines US freelancers in broadest terms, has been released. The results are insightful as well as up-to-date. However, if you don’t have time to read the full results deck, here are our highlights:

  • The proportion of full-time freelancers in US workforce has risen a bit, to 13%.
  • Freelancers report a lower negative impact from COVID-19 compared to non-freelancers on their well-being, lifestyle, mental health, and finance.
  • 65% of skilled freelancers who were freelancing pre and during COVID-19 say their hours have either stayed the same or increased since the onset of the pandemic.
  • 58% of traditional workers who began working remotely after COVID-19 are considering freelancing in the future. Conversely, 12% of the US workforce began freelancing during the pandemic for the first time.
  • Of those who quit their full-time job in order to freelance, 75% say they earn the same or more in pay than when they had a traditional employer.
  • Freelancers contributed $1.2 trillion to the US economy in annual earnings, a 22% increase since 2019.
  • On average, freelancers spent 25% of their working time on business-building activities, 23% on administrative tasks, and 52% on billable work for clients.
  • 47% of freelancers view freelancing as a long-term career choice.
  • 65% of freelancers age 55+ see freelancing as a good way to transition into retirement and are less likely to be concerned about saving for retirement than their non-freelancing counterparts.
  • Full-time freelancers and those who do skilled work identify themselves as the freelance economy.
  • 86% of freelancers say that the best days are ahead for freelancing 💙

Note: The report replaces past surveys Freelancing in America (2014-19) that were co-produced with Freelancers Union, and seem to be discontinued from this year on.

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September 21

EFWEEK PARTNERSHIP

5 months after launching Freelancing.eu, we’re proud to announce our partnership with the greatest European event for freelancers — European Freelancers Week. Save the date October 16–25, and we’ll bring you the highlights as soon as they release the event schedule.

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September 18

30 DAYS OF GENIUS

Do you know 30 Days of Genius? Well, if you’re a creative, a freelancer or a businessperson, you should. It’s one of the best series of business interviews, hosted by Chase Jarvis with star guests like Mark Cuban, Marie Forleo, Austin Kleon, Richard Branson, Tim Ferris, or Arianna Huffington (here’s a full YouTube playlist).

The series was produced by CreativeLive, a learning platform created by Chase to support creative professionals, and there are tons of other videos and tutorials to watch. If you like what he does, make sure to subscribe and listen to The Chase Jarvis Live Show podcast for ongoing conversations with brilliant people like Angela Duckworth, Adam Grant, Jason Fried, Sam Harris, or Daniel Pink.

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September 15

FREELANCE BUSINESS MONTH

Freelance Business Month (October 1–31) is poised to be a memorable online event for European freelancers. There are at least 15 authors of business books among 40+ speakers in a packed schedule, and the registration is free. The whole event is organized by Elina Jutelyte and her colleagues from the Belgian Freelance Business Community, and we’re proud to be supporting their effort as partners. Please join us — and get ready for a ride!

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September 14

WIN+V

Try it! If you are working in Windows 10, the WIN+V keyboard shortcut opens a popup with your recent clipboard history to paste from. (You can then also hold SHIFT to paste the text without formatting.) It’s truly one of the simplest yet powerful PC-productivity hacks out there.

If you are running an older version of Windows (8, Vista, XP) or you are looking for a more sophisticated solution, try Ditto Clipboard Manager freeware app or a more versatile FastKeys app that also includes text expander.

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September 8

CAFFEINE

Can you imagine doing your daily work without coffee or tea? As Michael Pollan explains in his insightful audiobook Caffeine, most of us can’t. He argues that these drinks “created the modern world” and we’re addicted to them, which affects our sleep. Naturally, there are upsides too… ☕ (The audiobook is unfortunately available only to Audible members, or on a CD from Amazon.)

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