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Professional freelancers don’t do “gigs”, explains Benek Lisefski in an older-but-relevant article. Actually, many freelancers hate being called gig workers and alike. Freelancing economy has been the most preferred term by freelancers themselves, according to the Freelancing in America 2017 survey.
If you’re a digital artist (illustrator, designer, photographer), March 11 has marked a major milestone for your profession: A single JPEG image, an art piece titled Everydays: The First 5000 Days by its creator Beeple, has been auctioned by Christie’s in London for an unprecedented sum of $69,346,250 💸
Join the survey to be counted in the first global study on freelancing, organized prof. Gerald Cupchik of the University of Toronto in collaboration with Jon Younger (as explained in their video). It takes only about 15 minutes to complete.
How to turn everyday stress into ‘optimal stress’ 🤯→😇 is a comprehensive, science-based guide compiled by Jan Ascher and Fleur Tonies from McKinsey.
Do you worry about stability and speed for your video conferencing and online lectures? Speedify app offers a very smart solution — using all of your Internet connections at once. For example, Wi-Fi and Ethernet cable or tethered cellphone via USB.
The cold-email strategy outlined in a step-by-step guide How to land your dream clients by Benek Lisefski presents a sensible way of approaching new prospects. Hint: It’s not all about money, but rather doing more work that you can be proud of.
Today, Masaryk University in Brno is launching the second run of Od UCO k ICO (i.e. From student ID to business ID), the first general full-semester university course on freelancing in Czechia and wider Europe.
Over the next 3 months, students will meet a diverse lineup of experienced freelancers, who will not only debate important topics (such as pricing, business negotiations, personal productivity, and teamwork) but also share their origins stories.
The Online Labour Index created at the Oxford Internet Institute presents a simple indicator of “online freelance labour” measured through the five largest English-language gig platforms. While it is far from being representative for the whole freelance economy, it displays a recent trend towards hiring more workers online.
The future of freelancing isn’t better platforms — it’s no platforms, claims Benek Lisefski in his article, gentlemanly opposing the platform-centric predictions. Both sides have their points, though: The market share of freelance platforms keeps growing, but it is still quite low, and as Jon Younger openly puts it, “95% of freelance work comes through relationships and reputations, rather than digital pipes.“
Serbian freelancers and online workers keep protesting against the over-taxation of up to 80% imposed by their government, as explained in this 3-minute video. You can also find a comprehensive English summary of their struggle in a blog post calling for international support ✊