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Following last week’s recommendation of the Spanish Canary Islands as EU’s best winter getaway for freelancers and remote workers, here is a practical Work From Gran Canaria online guide including a list of coworking spaces in Las Palmas and tips for starting a local freelance business. Winter is coming 🌞
If you prefer Windows over Mac for work and need to buy a new laptop soon, the latest generation of HP EliteBook 800 G7 Series would be a great choice for almost any freelance business.
EliteBook product line offers quite a big bang for your buck – including ultra-slim aluminum design, all-day battery, excellent keyboard, a fingerprint reader, fast NVMe SSD drive, and Windows 10 Pro OS with built-in BitLocker encryption. There are models with 13.3”, 14” or 15.6” quality matte displays and powerful AMD Ryzen and Intel Core CPUs to choose from.
Our experience with the EliteBook 855 G7 Ryzen 7 model as well as reviews are great. The only issues to look into are HP’s battery swelling (preventable by a BIOS setting) and rare-but-possible tilted display fitting (just check it upon unboxing). Also, buying an HP Care Pack for a worldwide next business day onsite service is a sensible buying consideration.
Spanish Canary Islands, the hottest winter getaway in the EU with January temperatures as high as 30°C, is making a major push towards attracting remote workers. The archipelago has 90 coworking spaces, with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria being the ideal freelancers’ hotspot:
“Firstly, apart from the obvious, which is the climate, there is the quality and rhythm of life, our open and hospitable character, distances are short, and we are relatively close to Europe. What’s more, we have one of the lowest costs of living in the EU and we even have fiscal instruments that are favorable to setting up a business,” says the regional tourism chief in El País article Not just a tourist destination: Why Spain’s Canary Islands are hoping to attract 30,000 remote workers.
A list of 25 must-read books for freelancers based on recommendations from the recent Freelance Business Month includes The Freelance Way, Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, Newport’s So Good Than Can’t Ignore You, and many others 👉📚
A recent Payoneer report Freelancing in 2020 suggests that freelancing has been on the rise globally in recent months despite worldwide lockdowns. Jon Younger offers an insightful summary on Forbes: A new Payoneer report shows Covid 19 is accelerating freelance growth 📈
UK’s Freelance Heroes Day organized by Freelance Heroes is scheduled for this Friday (November 6, 2020). The full-day online event with a packed lineup of speakers and an evening party is open for all Europeans 🦸♂️ Book your ticket with our 20% discount code: FHDAY-SPEAKER20
Magicians are archetypal independent professionals, and their trade may be the oldest one. James Randi (†2020), the founder of One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, was the wisest of them all. The illusionist Derren Brown now emerges as his worthy successor. To see why, watch his latest Netflix show Sacrifice (or The Push).
How a copywriter created a million-dollar, one-person business, by saying goodbye to $1,450-an-hour client work is a well-written Forbes article by Elaine Pofeldt about NYC-based copywriter/entrepreneur Laura Belgray and her business journey.
How to Become an International Freelancer — a true story with helpful advice, especially for non-native English speakers, written by an experienced SEO consultant Jan Onesork.
The secret to being a successful freelancer — a great 4-minutes talk by a financial expert Paco de Leon in TED The Way We Work series stresses the crucial importance of price, value, and money for freelancers. Solid advice.