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June 7, 2021

BULLSHIT JOBS FALLACY

“The bullshit-jobs thesis is largely bullshit,” reports The Economist in an article about a newly published empirical critique of late David Graeber’s book, which claims that more than half of societal work is pointless. Although Graeber’s thesis has been cited more than 800 times by academics, not to mention media, the data often show the exact opposite of what he claimed:

“In contrast to the high share of bullshit jobs reported by Mr. Graeber, in 2015 only 4.8% of respondents in the EU felt their work was useless. And this proportion had fallen, not risen, in recent years, from 5.5% in 2010 and 7.8% in 2005.”

Note: A more recommended reading would be Graeber’s older book Debt, or Hans Rosling’s Factfulness.

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June 4, 2021

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FREELANCE COMMUNITY?

If you have ever browsed our long list of European freelance platforms, you are surely aware of how hard it is to choose the right community among so many (314 to this day). Elina Jutelyte shares 10 points to consider before joining one in a helpful article entitled How to choose your freelance community?

Note: Our point #11 would be to look for a community that puts its members in front, highlighting their work — just as we do with Elina, who is our member 😉

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June 3, 2021

PERFECTIONISM

Do you fight your perfectionism every time you have to ship your finished work? Josh Spector offers these 5 ways to overcome your perfectionism:

  1. Define “perfect” without a reference to results.
  2. Share a work in progress.
  3. Set a failure or rejection goal.
  4. Check out the early work of someone you admire.
  5. Make something in a set time limit.

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June 2, 2021

BE A PRO FOR ONE HOUR

Don’t have time to be a full-time freelance pro? Well, then don’t blame yourself and be one for at least one hour a day, argues Steven Pressfield: “Guess what? I am writing full-time and it’s true … I can still only squeeze in an hour here and an hour there.”

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May 28, 2021

RE-OPEN EU

Re-open EU is a very useful guide for traveling between European countries. Just select the country of departure and your destination to see any remaining restrictions to follow.

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May 27, 2021

FREELANCE BUSINESS FOR WRITERS

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!

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May 26, 2021

HOW TO FUTUREPROOF YOUR JOB

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.

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May 25, 2021

THE ART OF SAYING “NO”

“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.

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May 24, 2021

BOB DYLAN TURNS 80

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.

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May 21, 2021

“WHY NOT WORK IN THE CAR?”

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?”

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