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Today, Masaryk University in Brno is launching the second run of Od UCO k ICO (i.e. From student ID to business ID), the first general full-semester university course on freelancing in Czechia and wider Europe.
Over the next 3 months, students will meet a diverse lineup of experienced freelancers, who will not only debate important topics (such as pricing, business negotiations, personal productivity, and teamwork) but also share their origins stories.
The Online Labour Index created at the Oxford Internet Institute presents a simple indicator of “online freelance labour” measured through the five largest English-language gig platforms. While it is far from being representative for the whole freelance economy, it displays a recent trend towards hiring more workers online.
The future of freelancing isn’t better platforms — it’s no platforms, claims Benek Lisefski in his article, gentlemanly opposing the platform-centric predictions. Both sides have their points, though: The market share of freelance platforms keeps growing, but it is still quite low, and as Jon Younger openly puts it, “95% of freelance work comes through relationships and reputations, rather than digital pipes.“
Serbian freelancers and online workers keep protesting against the over-taxation of up to 80% imposed by their government, as explained in this 3-minute video. You can also find a comprehensive English summary of their struggle in a blog post calling for international support ✊
Over the past 15 years, Payoneer has established itself as a payment company favored by many freelancers, processing over $44 billion in 2020. It is now to become a publicly-traded company, and a recent Forbes article explains its contribution to global freelance economy.
As a freelancer, do you have to deal with intellectual property (IP) rights such as trademarks, licensing of creative work, industrial designs, inventions, patents, etc.? Then you can apply for Free personalized IP support granted by EUIPO.
Based on your application, EUIPO will provide you with a list of available commercial providers to choose from for receiving your free (pro bono) consultation. Tried and true, this is a useful public service of great value to small businesses!
Note: The comparison currently covers Google Messages, Apple iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Element / Riot, Signal, Microsoft Skype, Telegram, Threema, Viber, Facebook Whatsapp, Wickr Me, Wire, and Session.
Here is our list of 300 resources for freelancers in 35 European countries. Reaching this milestone, we keep on adding new platforms, communities, groups, marketplaces, and websites to help freelancers in networking and crossing borders. If you know of resources that are missing, we welcome all suggestions.
BBC’s 6 Minute English has covered freelancing in the newest episode titled Working for yourself. The overall impression is quite funny (like if they have just learned about freelancers from a dictionary), but in this kind of program, it doesn’t really matter 😉
Forbes has solid ongoing coverage of freelance platforms and trends thanks to a single writer: Jon Younger has written many quality articles (some of which we’ve shared) as well as a book titled Agile Talent. If you are interested in new platforms and trends in freelancing, Jon is an industry insider to follow closely — on Forbes, LinkedIn or Twitter.