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“Don’t freak out about the immediate risks of a nuclear war. They’re very low.” — That’s roughly the key message of a recent nuclear warcasting summary by Scott Alexander, quoting a prediction by a team of the world’s best superforecasters.
If you have never heard of Scott Alexander before, consider subscribing to his Substack newsletter/blog Astral Codex Ten. He’s arguably one the most influential intellectuals in America, and smart as hell. Forecasting is one of his favorite topics, and his writing will always lead you to be less wrong — no matter what your freelance expertise is.
“Freelancers (and entrepreneurs in general) have become lazy and brainwashed by the narrative of overnight success built from a single social media post, viral blog, or killer freebie,” writes Sarah Duran in her article No more funnels: how freelancers should find clients, arguing for a modest-but-powerful networking strategy instead.
Solid advice and some gems of proven freelance wisdom in there: “When you’re a freelancer, finding clients you can marry instead of just date will not only make your work more satisfying, it will remove you from the feast/famine mentality of constantly having to hustle.”
“Many schools offer an entrepreneur track for future business builders; why not also prepare interested students for a career in solopreneurship?” — That’s exactly the kind of problem some university courses like From Student ID to Business ID are trying to solve.
“India’s digital economy is surging and the prospects of its knowledge workers along with it. Hence, I envision a future where Indian freelancers will work directly with clients from all over the world and keep all the profits. They know the language and have marketable skills; the only missing piece is the proven know-how for developing a truly independent freelance business.”
India’s most popular news media outlets have published the press release, including India Today, Business Today, Sambad, ANI, Business Standard, The Print, Socialnews.XYZ, The Eastern Herald, Devdiscourse, and many others.
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, and other bestsellers, made a famous deal with her writing when she was starting out: “I will never ask you to support me. I will support you.”
A recent article International Freelancing And What It Means For Tax, by Elizabeth Hughes, explains the basics of taxing international freelancers in the United Kingdom. It is a useful introduction for freelancers elsewhere, too.
Many Freelancing.eu members are supporting Ukraine and helping its refugees. For example, DevOps architect and consultant Ondrej Sika has compiled a list on his website, offering funding, accommodation, transport, work, and more 💙💛
Today, The Freelance Way has been published by HarperCollins for all freelancers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives — as THE business book for independent professionals, based on best practices, tools and strategies used by American and European freelancers. If you happen to be on the Indian subcontinent, you can order it from Amazon.
Start reading with superpowers — that’s the claim of an immensely popular Readwise app (available for iOS and Android) for organizing reading highlights from Kindle, iBooks, Pocket, and more. If e-reading is a vital part of your freelance self-education, this is an app to try (30 days are free, then $4.49/month).
Great innovation: European-based Slush Pool, the world’s first Bitcoin mining pool run by Braiins, has launched Hashrate for Ukraine initiative on their platform. It has donated 10 BTC (approx. €36,700) and enabled individual miners to donate their hashrate to Ukraine’s fight against Russian invaders.