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Sweden gives all employees time off to be entrepreneurs, as the World Economic Forum article explains: “For the last 20 or so years, workers in Sweden have enjoyed an unusual perk — a statutory right to take six months off and start their own business.” 🚀
Would you like to know how other freelancers around the world run their business and what troubles them most? Then join the 1,000+ freelancers participating in the first global study on freelancing organized at the University of Toronto. The form is open until June 15th, taking only about 15 minutes to complete.
“Is SEO a good career path?” asks SEO consultant Jan Onesork in his article, giving 3 solid answers why he thinks so, 14 years after he started. Asking such questions in retrospect and having at least some working career strategy is vital for long-term freelance success. You can also think of it as of potential mental exercise: What makes your profession a good career choice?
With fintech banks like Revolut, European banking has been making leaps into the future. Another example is the German Nuri (formerly Bitwala) bank account, available to all residents of the European Economic Area.
Powered by the Bank-as-a-Service Solarisbank platform, Nuri offers a free all-in-one bank account, crypto wallets and trading service, useful to many freelancers. You can register via this link to get a €15 bonus.
You can’t just take your followers and leave Facebook, don’t you? A similar issue now emerges with so-called subscription platforms. That is why Open Subscription Platforms project divides them in two categories, based on their business model:
“Social-media platforms used to get most of their content for free. That dynamic is changing,” writes The Economist in a visionary article The new rules of the “creator economy” about sweeping changes that will benefit many freelancers. The ways for monetizing original content online — like Substack or Buy me a coffee — have multiplied in recent years, but it is probably only a glimpse of a boom to come. (Enter your email to pass Economist’s paywall.)
May 9 marks the 1st anniversary since launching Freelancing.eu — as well as Europe Day, celebrating peace and unity in Europe 🎉 We now have:
Thanks for the wonderful first year! 💙
There has been a huge surge of new forms of work across European countries, many of them related to freelancing. Eurofund’s article titled New forms of employment in Europe – How new is new? outlines nine most common ones: ICT-based mobile work, platform work, collaborative employment, casual work, job sharing, interim management, employee sharing, portfolio work, and voucher-based work.
HarperCollins, a world-leading book publisher, has purchased The Freelance Way publication rights for all seven countries on the Indian subcontinent — home to 1.7 billion people, many of them freelancers ✌️
The European book, written by Robert Vlach, presents the best business practices, tools and strategies for freelancers. The HarperCollins’ edition shall be available across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives.
Few freelancers trust online marketplaces to bid for clients against other freelancers. But it is quite the opposite with support platforms that provide freelancers with benefits and networking opportunities. Good examples, including Freelancing.eu, are mentioned in a new Forbes article Where To Get Help Building Your Freelance Career by Jon Younger.