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December 31, 2020

THE BEATLES: GET BACK

Drop everything and watch this! The Beatles: Get Back is a new movie project by Peter Jackson, one of the most acclaimed directors of all time (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit). He is revisiting 56 hours of never-before-seen Beatles footage to produce a digitally remastered HD spectacle, coming soon in 2021. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!

Note: Jackson pulled off such an incredible feat before, with They Shall Not Grow Old documentary and long-forgotten films from the Great War.

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December 30, 2020

HOW WORK GOT GOOD

Freelancing with its flexibility, intensity, and autonomy seems to be an important trend in the ongoing long-term evolution of work towards being safer, more interesting and more intense — a broader picture explained by Arthur Diamond in his Reason article about the modern history of work.

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December 28, 2020

THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020

Freelancing.eu’s founder Robert Vlach has selected his best books of 2020 — and they go far beyond business, mostly into popular science. (You can also check our list of great books for freelancers.)

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December 23, 2020

UK’S SELF-EMPLOYED IN 2020

British IPSE has just published The Self-Employed Landscape in 2020 report. As usual, it defines freelancers as the top-skilled subset of the solo self-employed population:

“There are now almost 2.2 million freelancers in the UK, up 1% from 2019. Of these, over 1.9 million state that freelancing is their main job, with a further 239,000 people doing freelancing as a side hustle alongside other employment. Due to the small increase in freelancers between 2019 and 2020 and the larger drop in the overall solo self-employed population (-5%), the number of freelancers as a proportion of wider population has increased by 3% from 46% to 49%. Therefore, highly skilled freelancers now make up almost half of the 4.4 million solo self-employed in the UK.“

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December 22, 2020

GOOGLE TRENDS: FREELANCING

2020 has been an overwhelmingly eventful year for freelancing. According to Google Trends, it has also been trending in global Google search, reaching an all-time high in July.

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December 21, 2020

UNIVERSITIES & FREELANCING

Dan Sacha has researched the websites of 150+ leading European universities to produce an overview of a dozen programs, both older and new, seeking to support freelancing. These are the highlights:

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December 16, 2020

STATE OF INDEPENDENCE 2020

Wondering what the real freelancing trends are? One of the best answers to this question has always been provided by MBO Partners State of Independence annual surveys. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the newly released 2020 report presents the 10 major changes over the last decade, as well as 5 growing US freelance trends for years to come:

  1. Technology continues to enable and empower independent workers while also making it easier to start and operate an independent business.
  2. Using independent workers improves business flexibility and agility for employers.
  3. Workers increasingly want the autonomy, control, and flexibility independent work provides.
  4. The need for many workers to generate supplemental income continues to grow due to stagnant wages, fewer middle-wage jobs, and increasing costs.
  5. A growing support infrastructure of products, services, and programs makes it easier, cheaper, and less risky to become independent.

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December 15, 2020

THE FUTURE FREELANCE MARKETPLACE

“95% of freelance work comes through relationships and reputations, rather than digital pipes,“ writes a freelancing expert Jon Younger in his latest Forbes article about The Future Freelance Marketplace. He also includes 7 themes for the best future platforms:

  1. Letting go of hub and spokes.
  2. Treating talent as an asset, not as inventory.
  3. Welcoming more kinds of freelancer relationships.
  4. Providing more freelancer help and guidance in managing their business.
  5. Defining and sharing best practice across the platform.
  6. Becoming an innovation center.
  7. Investing in client education.

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December 14, 2020

GET READY FOR BREXIT

With the no-deal Brexit scenario looming over Europe, British IPSE published a simple summary of How freelancers and contractors can get ready for Brexit. If you operate across the UK/EU border, this is essential reading — albeit full of WTF-moments. For example: “If you have [as a UK freelancer] used a .eu domain name to supply services in the EU, this will no longer be usable after December.” 🤯

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December 11, 2020

“ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEING A FREELANCER”

Ultimate Guide to Being a Freelancer is a free kickstart guide. Take it with a grain of salt, though. Besides useful advice, it also contains some factual errors like claiming that “75% of freelancers find work through online platforms”, while other more reliable sources estimate that number to be as low as 5%. Ouch!

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