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August 17, 2021

ŌURA RING

Most independent professionals are knowledge workers, so aiming for excellent mental health and performance makes great sense. Ōura ring wearable device is a great helper here for monitoring sleep, activity, and readiness.

Our take: At €314, Ōura is not cheap, but it is also highly praised by life-hackers who deep-test its technology and results. Check out Tom Baranek’s article Dreaming about Better Sleep for comparison.

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August 16, 2021

FREELANCE CORNER PODCAST

Freelance Corner podcast positions itself as “the only expert-led podcast for the UK’s freelance community,” and it is backed by IPSE — so, definitely worth giving a try.

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August 12, 2021

FINANCIAL ADVICE FOR FREELANCERS

Freelancers Union’s article on How to make your freelance money go further skips the hype and actually provides some solid 1-2-3 financial advice to follow:

  1. Pay down (or refinance) your debt.
  2. Reduce your hidden debt, which is your future tax payments.
  3. Have an emergency fund to reduce your financial stress and reliance on costly debt.
  4. If you have still money left over, consider investing in the market. However, don’t be an active trader.

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August 12, 2021

FREELANCE BUSINESS DIGEST

The monthly Freelance Business Digest newsletter by Elina Jutelyte and her team emerges as one of the best in Europe. Browse the archive, and subscribe for free to get their regular dose of freelance inspiration.

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August 11, 2021

FIVERR STOCK: TIME TO BUY?

According to an investment case Fiverr Stock: Time To Buy at Seeking Alpha, Fiverr is ever more likely to win over Upwork (not to mention Freelancer.com and other smaller competitors).

Our take: The freelance economy is vastly greater than all the freelance platforms combined, which is good news for investors because there’s huge space for growth. Platforms that interfere between freelancers and their clients will always have limited appeal for independent professionals. On the other hand, their market share has been growing, and Fiverr’s evolution from an appalling low-cost service to disrupting Upwork’s business is remarkable. Its projected growth is likely sustainable.

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August 9, 2021

HOW TO START FREELANCING

WikiHow’s guide on How to Start Freelancing, co-written by 52 contributors, has gathered over 350,000 views so far — that’s impressive!

Our take: The guide is rather short and simplistic, though not over-simplified. Many important elements are indeed missing (e.g. side gigs as the most common way to start freelancing), and the references are outdated, but to get a general idea (for absolute beginners), it is pretty useful.

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August 6, 2021

$500-BILLION GIG ECONOMY?

A fringe 2019 MasterCard paper titled The Global Gig Economy projected the volume of the global gig economy in 2023 to $455 billion.

Not bad for a bunch of freelancers, right?!

But as always, the devil is in the details: According to the paper, “88% of gig economy gross volume is generated from transportation-based services or asset-sharing platforms” — i.e. companies and platforms like Uber or Airbnb. In other words, the “gig economy” here has little to do with independent professionals. The recent Fiverr report came up with wholly different numbers.

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August 4, 2021

40 ONE-SENTENCE EMAIL TIPS

40 One-Sentence Email Tips article by Josh Spector has some really good points. For example:

  • Your inbox works for you — not the other way around.
  • People who say “email is dead” and “kids don’t use email” forget kids won’t always be kids.
  • You don’t need to sign your name at the end of your email — the recipient knows who it’s from.

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August 3, 2021

THE SLOVAK FREELANCE WAY

The Slovak edition of The Freelance Way translated as Na voľnej nohe has been published! The book is now available for purchase from Absynt publishers and all quality booksellers in Slovakia.

Overall, The Freelance Way has an outstanding rating of 4.5 (out of 5) on Goodreads — recommended by 9 out of 10 freelancers ;)

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August 2, 2021

NICK CAVE’S WORK ROUTINE

Ever wondered how real artists work? The celebrated songwriter Nick Cave described it bluntly in his answer to fan mails:

“Like most people with a job, we just go to work. It never occurs to us not to work, there is never a moment when we don’t work because ‘we are not feeling it’ or ‘the vibes aren’t right’. We just do our hours… The most important undertaking of my day is to simply sit down at my desk and pick up my pen. Without this elementary act I could not call myself a songwriter, because songs come to me in intimations too slight to be perceived, unless I am primed and ready to receive them. They come not with a fanfare, but in whispers, and they come only when I am at work.”

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