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May 25, 2021


“Thank you for your invitation to host a fundraising dinner in the private room of a top London restaurant. I would rather die.” — and other collected pearls of wisdom how to decline an undesired invitation, by Richard Feynman, Ursula Le Guin and Kurt Vonnegut, among others.

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May 24, 2021


Bob Dylan, arguably the most admired musician of the 20th century, turned 80 🎉 Dylan, who sold rights to all his songs last year, is still active as ever. To get a glimpse of the man himself, read Dylan’s acclaimed autobiography Chronicles, or watch Martin Scorsese’s documentary Rolling Thunder Revue. You can also learn from Dylan as a freelancer to prevent The #1 Amateur Mistake.

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May 21, 2021


A woman relocated her office to her car during lockdown, and she plans to continue working there, BBC reports. Donna Powell, a support worker from Nottingham, explains her innovation this way: “We see lots of people that do mobile working, they work on trains, they work in cafes, they work in restaurants, so why not in the car?”

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May 19, 2021


Sweden gives all employees time off to be entrepreneurs, as the World Economic Forum article explains: “For the last 20 or so years, workers in Sweden have enjoyed an unusual perk — a statutory right to take six months off and start their own business.” 🚀

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May 18, 2021


Would you like to know how other freelancers around the world run their business and what troubles them most? Then join the 1,000+ freelancers participating in the first global study on freelancing organized at the University of Toronto. The form is open until June 15th, taking only about 15 minutes to complete.

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May 14, 2021


“Is SEO a good career path?” asks SEO consultant Jan Onesork in his article, giving 3 solid answers why he thinks so, 14 years after he started. Asking such questions in retrospect and having at least some working career strategy is vital for long-term freelance success. You can also think of it as of potential mental exercise: What makes your profession a good career choice?

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May 13, 2021


With fintech banks like Revolut, European banking has been making leaps into the future. Another example is the German Nuri (formerly Bitwala) bank account, available to all residents of the European Economic Area.

Powered by the Bank-as-a-Service Solarisbank platform, Nuri offers a free all-in-one bank account, crypto wallets and trading service, useful to many freelancers. You can register via this link to get a €15 bonus.

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May 12, 2021


You can’t just take your followers and leave Facebook, don’t you? A similar issue now emerges with so-called subscription platforms. That is why Open Subscription Platforms project divides them in two categories, based on their business model:

  1. 👍 Open platforms give creators full ownership of payments and customer data: Substack, Revue, Ghost, Podia, WooCommerce, Memberful, etc.
  2. 👎 Closed platforms keep creators locked in: Medium, Patreon, Twitch, Convertkit, Gumroad

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May 10, 2021


“Social-media platforms used to get most of their content for free. That dynamic is changing,” writes The Economist in a visionary article The new rules of the “creator economy” about sweeping changes that will benefit many freelancers. The ways for monetizing original content online — like Substack or Buy me a coffee — have multiplied in recent years, but it is probably only a glimpse of a boom to come. (Enter your email to pass Economist’s paywall.)

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May 9, 2021


May 9 marks the 1st anniversary since launching — as well as Europe Day, celebrating peace and unity in Europe 🎉 We now have:

Thanks for the wonderful first year! 💙

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