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Bob Dylan sells rights to all his songs to Universal Music Group for an undisclosed sum estimated as high as $450 million, BBC reports. It is supposed to be one of the best deals ever made by any independent artist. 79-year-old Dylan released his latest album in June.
Investing in the Gig Economy was a topic of a recent Motley Fool Industry Focus podcast, debating mostly the two contenders for the top dog position among global freelance platforms — the current market leader Upwork and its rising rival Fiverr. According to podcast hosts, the growth opportunity for both is still huge: “Fiverr … thinks less than 5% of freelancers are hired through online channels like Fiverr and Upwork.”
Meet our new star member: Elina Jutelyte is a senior event manager and consultant. She’s also a freelance angel behind the Freelance Business Community, Freelance Masterclasses, and the recent Freelance Business Month, 2020’s largest online event for freelancers in the world.
Fun fact: Steven Pressfield’s literary agent Sterling Lord is 99 years old (!), he is still working (!!) and old enough that he made the original deal for Jack Kerouac’s On The Road novel in 1948 for $900 (!!!). O-M-G.
This whole Marie Forleo’s interview with Steven is pure gold — Steven Pressfield: How to overcome resistance & why talent doesn’t matter (also on YouTube).
BBC explains Why reskilling won’t always guarantee you a new job. While the data suggest it’s not a working economic policy for employees and low-wage workers, it is also quite a risky strategy for freelancers pushing into a few in-demand skills.
“When they [Marcela Escobari at the Brookings Institution] studied real-world job transitions, they found most didn’t require retraining. It was more about picking the right industry to move into, either because their existing skills were a good match or demand was high in their area.”
If you are a freelance IT expert working in development, networking, security, administration or support, Sandworm is a highly recommended book to read. Wired’s Andy Greenberg goes beyond the usual hacking and data-privacy breaches and delivers a stunning description of modern cyber-warfare that represents a genuine threat to businesses worldwide as well as civilians. It’s an engaging book about a future that is inevitable because it is partially already here, but rarely written about. If you read it, it will undoubtedly raise your awareness of broader IT security concerns — or at least make you way more suspicious of any email attachments :)
As Bitcoin nears its all-time high price of $20,000 per BTC, here is Investopedia’s newly updated summary of how does Bitcoin mining work for laypeople. Is it just another crypto bubble? Many experts now believe that this time it’s different but Bitcoin is still far from a safe bet.
“Freelancing is the simplest approach to doing business. You don’t need an artificial brand and the capital needs are very low, but there’s a catch,” explains Robert Vlach in a new interview that also covers topics like productivity, money, and growth.
Following last week’s recommendation of the Spanish Canary Islands as EU’s best winter getaway for freelancers and remote workers, here is a practical Work From Gran Canaria online guide including a list of coworking spaces in Las Palmas and tips for starting a local freelance business. Winter is coming 🌞