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If you are a freelance writer, copywriter, journalist or translator, the online conference Freelance Business for Writers organized by Elina Jutelyte and her Belgian Freelance Business Community on June 3-4 is a must. As always, its program is packed with experienced independent professionals, their talks and workshops, while the first 500 tickets are free and up for grabs!
To futureproof our jobs against robots and AIs, we should focus on what makes us uniquely human rather than compete with the machines, argues tech journalist Kevin Roose in his uplifting TED video.
“Thank you for your invitation to host a fundraising dinner in the private room of a top London restaurant. I would rather die.” — and other collected pearls of wisdom how to decline an undesired invitation, by Richard Feynman, Ursula Le Guin and Kurt Vonnegut, among others.
Bob Dylan, arguably the most admired musician of the 20th century, turned 80 🎉 Dylan, who sold rights to all his songs last year, is still active as ever. To get a glimpse of the man himself, read Dylan’s acclaimed autobiography Chronicles, or watch Martin Scorsese’s documentary Rolling Thunder Revue. You can also learn from Dylan as a freelancer to prevent The #1 Amateur Mistake.
A woman relocated her office to her car during lockdown, and she plans to continue working there, BBC reports. Donna Powell, a support worker from Nottingham, explains her innovation this way: “We see lots of people that do mobile working, they work on trains, they work in cafes, they work in restaurants, so why not in the car?”
Sweden gives all employees time off to be entrepreneurs, as the World Economic Forum article explains: “For the last 20 or so years, workers in Sweden have enjoyed an unusual perk — a statutory right to take six months off and start their own business.” 🚀
Would you like to know how other freelancers around the world run their business and what troubles them most? Then join the 1,000+ freelancers participating in the first global study on freelancing organized at the University of Toronto. The form is open until June 15th, taking only about 15 minutes to complete.
“Is SEO a good career path?” asks SEO consultant Jan Onesork in his article, giving 3 solid answers why he thinks so, 14 years after he started. Asking such questions in retrospect and having at least some working career strategy is vital for long-term freelance success. You can also think of it as of potential mental exercise: What makes your profession a good career choice?
With fintech banks like Revolut, European banking has been making leaps into the future. Another example is the German Nuri (formerly Bitwala) bank account, available to all residents of the European Economic Area.
Powered by the Bank-as-a-Service Solarisbank platform, Nuri offers a free all-in-one bank account, crypto wallets and trading service, useful to many freelancers. You can register via this link to get a €15 bonus.
You can’t just take your followers and leave Facebook, don’t you? A similar issue now emerges with so-called subscription platforms. That is why Open Subscription Platforms project divides them in two categories, based on their business model: