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December 22

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

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

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

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

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

“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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December 9

HEADLIME: AI COPYWRITING

Headlime is a new AI-powered copywriting tool able to generate marketing texts in 11 languages. It is based on hundreds of copy templates and the famous GPT-3 deep-learning model developed by OpenAI. The question is: Will such AI tools put some less-skilled copywriters out of (freelance) business? 🤔

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December 8

BOB DYLAN SELLS RIGHTS TO ALL HIS SONGS

Bob Dylan sells rights to all his songs to Universal Music Group for an undisclosed sum estimated as high as $450 million, BBC reports. It is supposed to be one of the best deals ever made by any independent artist. 79-year-old Dylan released his latest album in June.

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December 7

TOP DOG: UPWORK OR FIVERR?

Investing in the Gig Economy was a topic of a recent Motley Fool Industry Focus podcast, debating mostly the two contenders for the top dog position among global freelance platforms — the current market leader Upwork and its rising rival Fiverr. According to podcast hosts, the growth opportunity for both is still huge: “Fiverr … thinks less than 5% of freelancers are hired through online channels like Fiverr and Upwork.”

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December 4

STAR MEMBER: ELINA JUTELYTE

Meet our new star member: Elina Jutelyte is a senior event manager and consultant. She’s also a freelance angel behind the Freelance Business Community, Freelance Masterclasses, and the recent Freelance Business Month, 2020’s largest online event for freelancers in the world.

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