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Things no one tells you about freelancing in Europe — an older but still relevant article co-written by 7 European freelancers from Portugal, Spain, Romania, UK, and Germany.
Do you think your taxes are too high? Well, think again. Serbian freelancers and gig workers face serious over-taxation of up to 80% of their total income earned over the past five years.
The problem is so grave that they have formed an Association of Internet Workers and are calling out for international support, “to put a stop to this inhumane process that would definitely result in pushing the majority of already precarious Serbian digital workforce into poverty, unemployment and homelessness. … We are now asking for international support and/or counsel from fellow workers who have probably had to fight this battle in their own countries, as well as organisations and media that might be willing to help spread the word.”
Speaking of recording Hi-Fi interviews and podcasts online, another favorite app would be Zencastr. It runs in a browser and works fine on slow/unreliable connections. The free version is quite limited, but at this moment, it allows for unlimited guests and recording time.
For recording podcasts and interviews online, Cleanfeed is one of the best browser-based apps, used by the BBC and other media professionals. The standard version is free for unlimited recording sessions, while the paid Pro version adds more professional features. As Cleanfeed’s creators explain: “Coming from a live radio background we were used to higher-grade (but expensive) solutions, and wanted to make the same sort of technology widely available to all over the web.”
If you are a freelance translator, the latest Freelance translator survey 2020 of 1,510 translators worldwide offers some valuable insights as well as market rates. The most common problems among respondents seem to be 1) low rates of pay, 2) difficulties of securing work, and 3) the increasing use of machine translation. Also, translation agencies are 2.5 times more likely to ask translators to lower their rates than direct clients.
Do you want to record HD video interviews online, even on a slow/unreliable connection? Zoom out. Riverside.fm allows you to record conversations locally in HD quality (on both sides) and only then uploads them to the cloud, where they can be downloaded for further editing. Pricing starts at $90 annually, plus there’s a 1-hour free trial.
Do you love to pay your taxes? Surprisingly perhaps, many Swedes do — and BBC explains why in a 5-minute video 🤑
We have a new About page focusing on the three innovations that Freelancing.eu brings to the European freelance economy: 1) open directory with unrestricted access, where all member profiles are written by experienced copywriters, 2) the largest list of European freelance platforms, and 3) world-class freelance news.
The latest Design Without Borders 2020 survey subtitled The Freelance REvolution claims that the situation for independent creative professionals has actually improved in 2020: “Amidst the chaos, freelance designers have come out stronger and more optimistic about the future than we could have ever predicted.” — 99designs have surveyed over 11,000 of them across 147 countries to produce the 72-page-long report.
Malt and BCG have published a joint report Freelancing in Europe 2021, and it is full of valuable insights. However, it has only surveyed a subset of Malt’s users in Germany, France, and Spain, so the results are probably not representative of the whole European freelance economy.