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“You are at a family gathering of some kind, and at a certain point, the conversation turns to you and your cousin George who’s a big success in the big city,” jokes Mark McGuinness about a situation familiar to many freelancers in a newly released clip Creative assets as an alternative to a career ladder from his talk.
Yearly planning is quite important for many freelancers in terms of business strategy, healthy finance, and work-life balance. YearCompass is one the most popular tools for such outlooks. Available for free in 50 languages, with more than a million downloads since 2012, the YearCompass booklet has become a sort-of standard for individual yearly planning.
Get the new Freelance Business Book — for free! The 128-page publication, produced by Elina Jutelyte and co-written by 80 experts, covers the most important insights from Freelance Business Month online events as well as new exclusive materials for freelancers.
You don’t have to be a decluttering maniac à la Marie Kondo to appreciate getting rid of things. Selling some dusted stuff like worn clothes, shoes, toys, or books can generate pretty decent household income, not only for freelancers.
But where to sell? Here, the Vinted app (made in Europe) comes to the rescue — a very active marketplace for (mostly) second-hand items enables users to build their little piece or circular economy. We’ve been using the app for years, and it’s flawless! However, each country market within Vinted is different, so you need to try it yourself.
Belgian online media outlet NextConomy has published highlights from the talk European Freelancers & Where to Find Them in Dutch and French. As of today, the talk has 30,000 views on YouTube — and counting. Thanks for sharing!
The Futur has a YouTube playlist of 22 videos on How to Price Your Creative Work — useful for creators as well as other freelancers.
MBO Partners State of Independence in America 2021, one of the finest annual reports about the U.S. freelance economy, has just been released. The number of full-time independents (or freelancers) has jumped to 17M in 2021, the largest increase in a decade.
The full PDF report titled The Great Realization also covers significant trends like creator economy, digital nomads, freelancers’ well-being, confidence, and earnings (independents earning over $100K grew whopping 30%).
Mark McGuinness is a world-known coach for creative professionals, author of several books, and The 21st Century Creative podcast host. The topic of his talk? Forget the career ladder. Start creating assets!
New York City sues L’Officiel Magazine on behalf of two dozen freelancers who did not get paid for their work. This and similar suits have been enabled by a 2017 law called the Freelance Isn’t Free Act championed by the Freelancers Union.