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Live long and prosper — as freelancers 🖖 Here are 6 longevity tips from a Japanese doctor (and longevity expert) Shigeaki Hinohara who lived to the ripe old age of 105: 1) Don’t retire. But if you must, do so a lot later than age 65. 2) Take the stairs (and keep your weight in check). 3) Find a purpose that keeps you busy. 4) Rules are stressful; try to relax them. 5) Remember that doctors can’t cure everything. 6) Find inspiration, joy and peace in art.
The French TV series Call My Agent! — about agents who represent actors — delivers perhaps the most entertaining depiction of independent professionals working in the movie industry. A comedy-drama jewel (rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes) is available worldwide on Netflix 🎬
Lifespan by David Sinclair (a professor of genetics at Harvard) is the most thought-provoking recent book on health and aging. If you’re like most freelancers and staying healthy is your top priority, read it. You may extend your healthspan quite a bit 🧬
This is BIG: Steven Pressfield, the world-famous author of Gates of Fire and The War of Art, one of the best books for creatives ever, has launched a new video series The Warrior Archetype ⚔ There will be up to 50 episodes, aired on Mondays and Thursdays.
Underpaid and overworked as a freelancer? Freelancing vet Soness Stevens (based in Kanagawa, Japan) debunks the myths that could be preventing you from earning — and knowing — your full professional value. The article 5 myths that keep freelancers from getting paid what they’re really worth was published by TED.com and based on her TEDx talk How to know, ask, and get paid what you’re worth available on YouTube 💡
How many European freelancers are there? It depends on how you define a freelancer, naturally. However, the European Freelancers Movement gives a conservative estimate of 11 million (or 5 % of European workforce). Read more on what they do and the annual Freelancers Week international event.
Few people would expect The Economist to advise its readers on personal productivity, but they did so once, and it’s worth reading — just like the magazine itself: How can I be more productive? (enter your email to pass their paywall)
Here’s an outline of the author’s advice: 1. Put your long-term self in charge, 2. Remember Pareto, 3. Copy other people’s hard work, 4. Understand the true cost of distractions, 5. Use work to avoid work, 6. Find a job you actually want to do.
Well-respected European designer Tobias van Schneider shares An ancient, long-forgotten trick for doing good work: “Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect.”
His website is packed with quality content for creatives as well as other freelancers. There’s a blog, newsletter, even book on How to Move to NYC or mixtapes for creatives — all and all, one of the best freelancer’s websites out there.
10 things I’ve learned in 10 years of freelance copywriting is a great realistic summary by Joe Coleman, who concludes: “Once you’ve established yourself, I’m convinced freelancing is better than working full-time for an agency on every level. The pay is better. The variety is better. The work/life balance is better. The work you produce is better.“
Freelance Masterclasses is a new series of free online events hosted by the founder of Belgium’s Freelance Business Community, Elina Jutelyte. Her first guests are Robert Vlach (Aug 13), Elaine Pofeldt (Aug 20) and Tom Hirst (Aug 27) 🚀