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Jessica’s Client Email Helper is an ingenious tool for creators, who receive many offers of spec work and poorly paid gigs. The guide was created by a lettering artist and author Jessica Hische to help you say NO to free and low-budget work.
Freelancing.eu has been featured in the introduction to the latest episode of The 21st Century Creative podcast, whose creator and host Mark McGuinness interviewed Naomi Dunford on marketing for creatives 📢
Should you work for free as a freelancer? That’s a classic question addressed by the fabulous decision-making diagram, created by the brilliant lettering artist and author Jessica Hische. It is available at ShouldIWorkForFree.com in several languages — for free.
If you are familiar with the concept of “deep work” coined by Cal Newport in his 2016 best-selling book, you will love this: The Retreat is a comfortable house for deep work of developers and creative professionals situated in the mountains halfway between Vienna, Prague, and Krakow. As Newport puts it, Carl Gustav Jung had a getaway house like this one too — to be alone with his thoughts.
10 years ago, Matthew Inman started The Oatmeal comics. To mark the decade, he has published an anniversary comic called Eight marvelous & melancholy things I've learned about creativity. A must-read for creative professionals ends on a high note: The business of Art.
GetColeman.com is arguably the most original freelance copywriter’s website in the world. On its homepage, you can choose between Less and More Hard Sell by moving the slider. Being witty and smart usually works in personal marketing, but Joe Coleman totally nailed it 💥
“Freelancers are likely to find themselves in more demand in the future, with 47% of hiring managers more likely to hire independent professionals,” writes Elaine Pofeldt in her insightful and data-packed Forbes article The Coming Boom For Freelancers.
If you need to read ONE book about freelancing, let it be The Freelance Way — the top-rated business book for freelancers on Goodreads. It presents the best available and fully up-to-date freelance know-how, compiled from hundreds of quality sources, including surveys, the latest market data, advice from world-class experts, as well as real-life experiences and stories from hundreds of professionals in different fields and countries. All this makes the book highly relevant to freelancers worldwide.
Boutique talent agencies are often better than huge automated freelance platforms at matching qualified independent professionals to their clients. Jon Younger explains why in his Forbes article Small Can Be Beautiful, giving the Danish We-cruit, French Sneakers & Jackets, and American LifeSciHub as three examples.
There’s a growing number of curated freelance platforms and talent agencies operating on European markets. You can find most of them in our list of 250+ national resources.
Freelancers L♥VE their freedom to work wherever they want. Digital nomads aside, the less-known arts residencies enable creatives (like writers or artists) to draw inspiration by going places. Better yet, there’s Res Artis, a worldwide network of arts residencies to explore.