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“Freelancers (and entrepreneurs in general) have become lazy and brainwashed by the narrative of overnight success built from a single social media post, viral blog, or killer freebie,” writes Sarah Duran in her article No more funnels: how freelancers should find clients, arguing for a modest-but-powerful networking strategy instead.
Solid advice and some gems of proven freelance wisdom in there: “When you’re a freelancer, finding clients you can marry instead of just date will not only make your work more satisfying, it will remove you from the feast/famine mentality of constantly having to hustle.”
Freelancing “has a supply problem, not a demand problem,” writes Jon Younger in a recent Forbes article, and he’s probably right. He also ponders some difficult questions, for example:
“Many schools offer an entrepreneur track for future business builders; why not also prepare interested students for a career in solopreneurship?” — That’s exactly the kind of problem some university courses like From Student ID to Business ID are trying to solve.
On Monday, HarperCollins India issued a press release via PR Newswire about its edition of The Freelance Way by Robert Vlach, who contributed the following statement:
“India’s digital economy is surging and the prospects of its knowledge workers along with it. Hence, I envision a future where Indian freelancers will work directly with clients from all over the world and keep all the profits. They know the language and have marketable skills; the only missing piece is the proven know-how for developing a truly independent freelance business.”
India’s most popular news media outlets have published the press release, including India Today, Business Today, Sambad, ANI, Business Standard, The Print, Socialnews.XYZ, The Eastern Herald, Devdiscourse, and many others.
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, and other bestsellers, made a famous deal with her writing when she was starting out: “I will never ask you to support me. I will support you.”
Another well-known writer, Steven Pressfield, comments on her decision in a recent article Liz Gilbert’s Deal with Herself, written for creative professionals.
A recent article International Freelancing And What It Means For Tax, by Elizabeth Hughes, explains the basics of taxing international freelancers in the United Kingdom. It is a useful introduction for freelancers elsewhere, too.
Many Freelancing.eu members are supporting Ukraine and helping its refugees. For example, DevOps architect and consultant Ondrej Sika has compiled a list on his website, offering funding, accommodation, transport, work, and more 💙💛
Today, The Freelance Way has been published by HarperCollins for all freelancers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives — as THE business book for independent professionals, based on best practices, tools and strategies used by American and European freelancers. If you happen to be on the Indian subcontinent, you can order it from Amazon.
Start reading with superpowers — that’s the claim of an immensely popular Readwise app (available for iOS and Android) for organizing reading highlights from Kindle, iBooks, Pocket, and more. If e-reading is a vital part of your freelance self-education, this is an app to try (30 days are free, then $4.49/month).
Great innovation: European-based Slush Pool, the world’s first Bitcoin mining pool run by Braiins, has launched Hashrate for Ukraine initiative on their platform. It has donated 10 BTC (approx. €36,700) and enabled individual miners to donate their hashrate to Ukraine’s fight against Russian invaders.
Here is Robert Vlach’s editorial that has been included in today’s special edition of our Freeletter:
It goes without saying that here at Freelancing.eu — and as citizens of the free world — we all stand with Ukraine. The global response to Russia’s war on its neighbor has been overwhelming, and Nassim Taleb nailed it in these few words: “Most days, 99.9% of the news is noise. The last few days, it's all signal.”
I was born in 1978 behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, which was, at that time, under Russian/Soviet occupation. We were being brainwashed in schools from an early age. Free-thinking, independent and wealthy individuals were harassed and oppressed. Some were put in prisons, labor camps, tortured, even put to death. Small businesses were abolished, and the state demanded absolute obedience from its people.
There’s no doubt in my mind that a similar playbook would be used in Ukraine, were it to fall. Soon, other free people would face a similar fate. The Russian invasion thus represents a fundamental threat to the world order and to the values that are central for most of us independent professionals as well:
Independence. Liberty. Freedom.
The evil that we now face has grown slowly. That is why I would like to mention a few resources here that put the current situation in a broader context, and the latest developments only confirm their relevance:
1) All the Kremlin's Men by Mikhail Zygar is a book that meticulously documents Putin's rise to power and how he thinks and acts under pressure. The seminal book on Putin's Russia indicates what to expect from him.
2) Red Notice by Bill Browder offers similar insights from an American perspective. Bill became one of the most successful Western investors in post-Soviet Russia, where his interests inevitably clashed with Putin’s over time. The result was the death of Bill’s close associate Sergei Magnitsky, under whose name he then pushed for tough Western sanctions against specific Russian officials. Now Browder favors seizing all Putin's assets parked in the West, along with longtime critic of Putin and author of Winter Is Coming, Garry Kasparov.
3) In this context, I must mention Alexei Navalny’s famous video about Putin's personal history and the opulent palace he has secretly built for billions of dollars in a well-kept and guarded location. He portrays Putin as a man obsessed with material wealth and Russia as a corrupt kleptocracy. The 2-hour video has already gathered 122 million views on YouTube and illustrates perfectly what Putin is all about.
4) I consider The Economist magazine to be the best and most balanced media outlet on current economic affairs. When it comes to global political events and their impact on business and markets, it always offers deep insight, intelligent analysis and knowledge of current and historical context. It is a good guide to any crisis, including the current one. Here's how you can try The Economist subscription for free.
Glory to Ukraine! ✌
P.S. Today, we have donated to humanitarian aid for Ukraine on behalf of our family via the Czech non-profit organization People in Need. Similar efforts are being organized all over Europe as well as worldwide. Please consider joining us with some sort of donation, help or support. Thank you 💙💛