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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) 🚀
Jessica’s Client Email Helper is an ingenious tool for creators, who receive many offers of spec work and poorly paid gigs. The guide was created by a lettering artist and author Jessica Hische to help you say NO to free and low-budget work.
Freelancing.eu has been featured in the introduction to the latest episode of The 21st Century Creative podcast, whose creator and host Mark McGuinness interviewed Naomi Dunford on marketing for creatives 📢
Should you work for free as a freelancer? That’s a classic question addressed by the fabulous decision-making diagram, created by the brilliant lettering artist and author Jessica Hische. It is available at ShouldIWorkForFree.com in several languages — for free.
If you are familiar with the concept of “deep work” coined by Cal Newport in his 2016 best-selling book, you will love this: The Retreat is a comfortable house for deep work of developers and creative professionals situated in the mountains halfway between Vienna, Prague, and Krakow. As Newport puts it, Carl Gustav Jung had a getaway house like this one too — to be alone with his thoughts.
10 years ago, Matthew Inman started The Oatmeal comics. To mark the decade, he has published an anniversary comic called Eight marvelous & melancholy things I've learned about creativity. A must-read for creative professionals ends on a high note: The business of Art.
GetColeman.com is arguably the most original freelance copywriter’s website in the world. On its homepage, you can choose between Less and More Hard Sell by moving the slider. Being witty and smart usually works in personal marketing, but Joe Coleman totally nailed it 💥