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December 30, 2020


Freelancing with its flexibility, intensity, and autonomy seems to be an important trend in the ongoing long-term evolution of work towards being safer, more interesting and more intense — a broader picture explained by Arthur Diamond in his Reason article about the modern history of work.

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December 28, 2020

THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020’s founder Robert Vlach has selected his best books of 2020 — and they go far beyond business, mostly into popular science. (You can also check our list of great books for freelancers.)

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December 23, 2020


British IPSE has just published The Self-Employed Landscape in 2020 report. As usual, it defines freelancers as the top-skilled subset of the solo self-employed population:

“There are now almost 2.2 million freelancers in the UK, up 1% from 2019. Of these, over 1.9 million state that freelancing is their main job, with a further 239,000 people doing freelancing as a side hustle alongside other employment. Due to the small increase in freelancers between 2019 and 2020 and the larger drop in the overall solo self-employed population (-5%), the number of freelancers as a proportion of wider population has increased by 3% from 46% to 49%. Therefore, highly skilled freelancers now make up almost half of the 4.4 million solo self-employed in the UK.“

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December 22, 2020


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, 2020


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, 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, 2020


“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, 2020


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, 2020


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, 2020


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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