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February 15, 2023


Have you ever heard of midlancers or midlancing? These unusual words have been around for a while. They describe an atypical work arrangement somewhere in between freelancing and regular employment, as explained in a short article by Anna Janssens:

“As a midlancer, you work independently, but you are tied to a midlance agency. This means that you are not self-employed, but have the status of an employee. The advantage of midlancing is that you get many different assignments to work on. This makes your job very varied.”

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February 13, 2023


One of the themes mentioned in Steven Pressfield’s JRE interview that we shared last week is a prayer to the Muse from the opening of Homer’s Odyssey. It may sound strange, but Steven and other writers, artists, and creators know the prayer by heart and rely on it to gather strength and creativity.

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February 10, 2023


Ta-da! World-renowned author of The War of Art, Turning Pro and other great books for creatives of all kinds, Steven Pressfield was a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. It's about 3 hours long:

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February 8, 2023


If you are interested in stock investing, our latest must-read is The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, which explains why it is best for ordinary people to invest in index funds (e.g. based on S&P 500).

The book was written by the legendary investor John Bogle — the de facto creator of index funds and founder of Vanguard. In the updated 2017 edition, he compares traditional mutual index funds to exchange-traded funds (aka ETFs) and discusses all important aspects of investing in them.

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February 7, 2023


Here’s a new testimonial from our member Lucie Strechova, a globetrotting producer of exhibition stands and showrooms:

“ is a platform rare to find. Unique, extremely well organized and run by an amazing professional Robert Vlach who really knows his business very well and makes sure you always get most of your profile. My decision to join was one of the crucial ones in my professional career. Thanks to this platform & cooperation with Robert, I have received cooperation offers that opened new horizons for me. If you want to be part of something bigger, part of something that really makes sense in your professional growth, then you should not hesitate any longer and join I can only highly recommend it!!!”

⭐ Are you a freelancer too? Join us and reach out to new clients.

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February 2, 2023


Long-term reliability is one of the most important success factors in freelancing because clients rely on both our expertise and its delivery.

Nick Maggiulli, the author of Just Keep Buying, recently wrote about this topic. Become an uncertainty killer, he suggests, pointing out that reliable people build trust at every turn and create allies wherever they go. His career advice is as reliable as it is simple:

“Do it with everyone you work with. Practice reducing uncertainty so that it becomes second nature to you. Practice it until you become an uncertainty killer. Then watch what happens.”

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January 31, 2023


  1. The overall website traffic of soared by 286% (YoY), thanks to improved Google search rankings and a bulk of the newly published content.
  2. We published 162 news items and sent 12 monthly newsletters to subscribers from all over the world. While the number of subscribers grew steadily, our unsubscription rate remained well below 0.1%.
  3. The number of freelancers listed in our open directory jumped to 130 members.
  4. People who visit and hire European freelancers are mainly from Europe and the USA. But we also had many visitors from India, China, Turkey, Canada, and Brazil.
  5. The Freelance Way has been published worldwide by HarperCollins, including a 20-hour audiobook on Audible. The international bestseller based on best business practices of European and US freelancers is also available in Bulgarian, Serbian, Czech, and Slovak.
  6. Robert Vlach delivered the opening keynote at the Day of the Freelancer conference in Brussels. It was organized for 200 Belgian and Dutch freelancers by Unizo, Jellow, and NextConomy (see a related interview).
  7. We were media partners for the major freelance events European Freelancers Week and Freelance Business Month.
  8. Our list of European resources for freelancers grew up to 416 entries in 35 countries, and we keep on adding new ones. However, we stand by Ukraine, so we have excluded resources in Russia and Belarus.
  9. We released all 6 lectures from the two Freelance Friends events on YouTube.
  10. We reached over 200,000 freelancers on social media every month.

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January 26, 2023


Artificial intelligence is a hot topic among freelancers right now. But relatively little is being said about the risk it poses. This is what Toby Ord describes in his book The Precipice, about existential risks and the future of humanity.

Ord describes general artificial intelligence as one of the greatest risks facing humanity in the coming century. As a proponent of effective altruism, he ends the book by trying to motivate readers to get involved in their professions to prevent this and other major threats.

If you work in IT or are interested in the future of AI, this is a book not to be missed.

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January 26, 2023


Making online calls in a busy environment? Check out Krisp, an AI-powered noise cancelling app that efficiently removes unwanted noise like background voices, keyboard clicks, barking, or fan humming. It works with most of the popular apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Teams etc. and is available in a basic version for free (60 minutes of calls per day).

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January 23, 2023


U.S. Federal Trade Commission proposes a ban on non-compete agreements that would also cover independent contractors (freelancers) and interns in addition to full-time employees.

The Economist welcomes FTC’s proposal, citing an estimate that as many as one-fifth of American workers are restricted by non-compete clauses, reducing innovation and productivity spread as a result.

Our take: If this goes through in the USA (and later in the EU), it could be one of the most important pieces of legislation to support freelancers. Many independents who work for established companies are expected to sign non-compete agreements without adequate compensation, making them less competitive and tying their expertise to a limited number of clients. Breaking these shackles would be a good thing.

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