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January 26, 2021


Do you love to pay your taxes? Surprisingly perhaps, many Swedes do — and BBC explains why in a 5-minute video 🤑

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January 22, 2021


We have a new About page focusing on the three innovations that brings to the European freelance economy: 1) open directory with unrestricted access, where all member profiles are written by experienced copywriters, 2) the largest list of European freelance platforms, and 3) world-class freelance news.

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January 21, 2021


The latest Design Without Borders 2020 survey subtitled The Freelance REvolution claims that the situation for independent creative professionals has actually improved in 2020: “Amidst the chaos, freelance designers have come out stronger and more optimistic about the future than we could have ever predicted.” — 99designs have surveyed over 11,000 of them across 147 countries to produce the 72-page-long report.

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January 19, 2021


Malt and BCG have published a joint report Freelancing in Europe 2021, and it is full of valuable insights. However, it has only surveyed a subset of Malt’s users in Germany, France, and Spain, so the results are probably not representative of the whole European freelance economy.

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January 15, 2021


The Economist magazine is one of the most useful publications for any businessperson, be it a freelancer or CEO. The full subscription is quite expensive, but there is a little-known alternative:

If you install the Amazon Kindle app on your mobile, you can get a free month-long subscription (ie. 4 issues) of The Economist’s Kindle edition and then continue for 3 extra months for only ~$25 — long-enough time to get a real taste of their outstanding journalism. (Just remember to unsubscribe via Amazon if you decide not to go ahead with the paid subscription after your first free month.)

Also, they now offer a full annual digital subscription with a time-limited 50% discount. The best you can ever get.

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January 13, 2021


If you are a freelancer with international ambitions reaching beyond the English-speaking world, you may have been pondering the obvious question: Which is the best language to learn? The comprehensive answer published by The Economist may surprise you — and it’s not Mandarin Chinese 😉 (Enter your email to pass Economist’s paywall.)

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January 11, 2021


If you’re an independent expert considering a career move towards becoming a public intellectual, here’s an insightful essay with a well-meant warning against spreading yourself too thin by doing so: Public intellectuals have short shelf lives—but why?

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January 7, 2021


Freelance Finances is a new UK-based Substack-powered weekly newsletter covering useful business topics such as How to avoid clients who don’t pay on time or Where to find well-paid work.

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January 6, 2021


Freelancers + campervans = Camper Guru — a new directory of best camping spots in Europe for digital nomads co-founded by our member, UX designer Vita Valka.

On his journeys, Vita explores one of the upsides of freelance life — more freedom to work and travel any way you like. For several months each year, he has been freelancing while traveling in a camper with his family across the EU, writing a great blog about it.

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January 4, 2021


The Origins Podcast hosted by the world-known scientist Lawrence Krauss features in-depth and thought-provoking conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world. Writers, artists, scientists, and other outstanding professionals or thinkers share their origins stories and insights. For example in the newest episode, the famous filmmaker Woody Allen sits down with Krauss for his first comprehensive video discussion in over 30 years!

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