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September 15, 2020


Freelance Business Month (October 1–31) is poised to be a memorable online event for European freelancers. There are at least 15 authors of business books among 40+ speakers in a packed schedule, and the registration is free. The whole event is organized by Elina Jutelyte and her colleagues from the Belgian Freelance Business Community, and we’re proud to be supporting their effort as partners. Please join us — and get ready for a ride!

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September 14, 2020


Try it! If you are working in Windows 10, the WIN+V keyboard shortcut opens a popup with your recent clipboard history to paste from. (You can then also hold SHIFT to paste the text without formatting.) It’s truly one of the simplest yet powerful PC-productivity hacks out there.

If you are running an older version of Windows (8, Vista, XP) or you are looking for a more sophisticated solution, try Ditto Clipboard Manager freeware app or a more versatile FastKeys app that also includes text expander.

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September 8, 2020


Can you imagine doing your daily work without coffee or tea? As Michael Pollan explains in his insightful audiobook Caffeine, most of us can’t. He argues that these drinks “created the modern world” and we’re addicted to them, which affects our sleep. Naturally, there are upsides too… ☕ (The audiobook is unfortunately available only to Audible members, or on a CD from Amazon.)

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September 4, 2020


Naturally, there’s an income gap between full-time, part-time and occasional freelancers, as well as countries. For example, MBO Partners State of Independence in America 2019 annual study revealed, that 20% of full-time U.S. freelancers earned more than $100,000 per year. According to MBO, the average income for full-time freelancers ($68,300) was higher than the median family household income in the U.S. ($59,039). Also, older freelancers tend to earn more ($84,000 per year for Boomers versus $52,200 for Millennials). See the full PDF report for details.

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August 30, 2020


Warren Buffett, the greatest independent investor of all time, turned 90. Isn’t it amazing how long and fruitful a professional career can be? Here’s what another great entrepreneur, Bill Gates, likes best about his good friend — Happy 90th, Warren! 🎂

If you ever wish to tap deeper into Buffett’s business wisdom, skip popular articles and read his annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders instead. There’s The Sage of Omaha at his best. A full compilation (1965–2019) is also available on Kindle for $3.

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August 28, 2020


One may think that the good times for digital nomads are over, but it may as well be the opposite. As remote work goes mainstream, there are emerging new residency schemes inviting workers abroad, writes Mark Johanson about the so-called “Digital Nomad Visa” at BBC Worklife’s Remote Control.

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August 27, 2020


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.

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August 24, 2020


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 🎬

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August 20, 2020


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 🧬

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August 19, 2020


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.

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