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American CNBC regularly covers freelance success stories in the Side Hustle section of their Make it business portal. Here’s one example: This 26-year-old quit her engineering job to pursue her side hustle full-time and brought in $170,000 in one year
Reddit ‘antiwork’ forum booms as millions of Americans quit jobs, Financial Times report. Antiwork “encourages followers to work as little as possible in traditional jobs or abandon them altogether for self-employment, with the goal of prioritising leisure time.”
The r/antiwork thread on Reddit surged from 180,000 members in October 2020 to 1.6 million as people reconsider their career options for the post-covid era — a major trend also covered by the State of Independence 2021 report.
Our take: Antiemployment would be a more precise term (though less catchy), but it is too soon to tell anyway. The boom of various forms of freelancing (including gig work) has been prophesized many times since the 1990s, but the numbers of self-employed were falling for decades or stagnating at best. Naturally, it is much easier to start freelancing than keeping at it successfully for five or ten years.
Unsplash is “the Internet’s source of freely-usable images powered by creators everywhere” — in other words, a growing database of images that any freelancer may use on a personal website, social media, etc. It is far from perfect but also far better than grabbing images without permission elsewhere. Good service!
It may be kind of boring for everyone else, but it made us jump with joy anyway: Logo of Freelancing.eu has just been registered as an EU trademark — a happy ending to a year-long process!
Many thanks to Mira Szkandera (who designed the logo and tweaked it to stand out) and Petra Dolejsova as the lead consultant and representative. There were also important contributions from Anna Drgova (on procedures and research), Michal Hanych (on risk assessment) and Thomas Kimpfbeck (on limitations, probabilities and adjustments).
This is the cover of the new HarperBusiness’ edition of The Freelance Way, soon to be published in India, Pakistan and other countries of the Indian subcontinent — home to 1.7 billion people, many of them freelancers.
P.S. Check out our selection of this and other great books for freelancers.
There are already over 100 freelancers presenting their work in our growing open directory of European freelancers! 🎆
We are strong believers in unlimited possibilities for the collaboration of European professionals, free markets, and the open Internet: Anyone can join us, and you can contact (or hire) all of our members directly without any interventions from our side.
Our top 3 books of the year:
You use Google Sheets and cool features in there, right? Well if not, that’s another story. But if you do, browsing The Ultimate Google Sheets Toolkit will increase your knowledge quite a bit.
A growing collection of free tutorials includes many gems, such as 10 Google Sheets Tips You DON’T Want to Miss from our favorite Viennese expert Leila Gharani.
If you are a creative or knowledge worker, Genius Foods is one of the most useful books out there to support your mental strength and performance.
Max Lugavere (with Paul Grewal, MD) did a superb job collecting the best science-based advice on long-term brain health. The subtitle says it all: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life.
Genius Foods is a true must-read for all life-hackers and hard-working freelancers out there, which also makes it the newest addition to our list of Great books for freelancers.
It’s been a fantastic year for Freelancing.eu — the first complete one after our inception in May 2020. We have never looked back since, so here are the highlights: