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WikiHow’s guide on How to Start Freelancing, co-written by 52 contributors, has gathered over 350,000 views so far — that’s impressive!
Our take: The guide is rather short and simplistic, though not over-simplified. Many important elements are indeed missing (e.g. side gigs as the most common way to start freelancing), and the references are outdated, but to get a general idea (for absolute beginners), it is pretty useful.
A fringe 2019 MasterCard paper titled The Global Gig Economy projected the volume of the global gig economy in 2023 to $455 billion.
Not bad for a bunch of freelancers, right?!
But as always, the devil is in the details: According to the paper, “88% of gig economy gross volume is generated from transportation-based services or asset-sharing platforms” — i.e. companies and platforms like Uber or Airbnb. In other words, the “gig economy” here has little to do with independent professionals. The recent Fiverr report came up with wholly different numbers.
40 One-Sentence Email Tips article by Josh Spector has some really good points. For example:
Overall, The Freelance Way has an outstanding rating of 4.5 (out of 5) on Goodreads — recommended by 9 out of 10 freelancers ;)
Ever wondered how real artists work? The celebrated songwriter Nick Cave described it bluntly in his answer to fan mails:
“Like most people with a job, we just go to work. It never occurs to us not to work, there is never a moment when we don’t work because ‘we are not feeling it’ or ‘the vibes aren’t right’. We just do our hours… The most important undertaking of my day is to simply sit down at my desk and pick up my pen. Without this elementary act I could not call myself a songwriter, because songs come to me in intimations too slight to be perceived, unless I am primed and ready to receive them. They come not with a fanfare, but in whispers, and they come only when I am at work.”
The truth about design titles is an entertaining ever-green article by the acclaimed creative designer Tobias van Schneider. Have fun reading it!
e.g. Art Director = Someone who has never opened Photoshop or any design tools in their career but gets away with it. Tends to hover around people saying, “I’m not quite feeling that color.”
Locus Publishing has acquired the Bulgarian translation rights for The Freelance Way. Locus is a well-established publisher of quality non-fiction books for business, management, personal growth and related topics. The Bulgarian edition is expected to be published in 2022.
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