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January 19, 2021


Malt and BCG have published a joint report Freelancing in Europe 2021, and it is full of valuable insights. However, it has only surveyed a subset of Malt’s users in Germany, France, and Spain, so the results are probably not representative of the whole European freelance economy.

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January 15, 2021


The Economist magazine is one of the most useful publications for any businessperson, be it a freelancer or CEO. The full subscription is quite expensive, but there is a little-known alternative:

If you install the Amazon Kindle app on your mobile, you can get a free month-long subscription (ie. 4 issues) of The Economist’s Kindle edition and then continue for 3 extra months for only ~$25 — long-enough time to get a real taste of their outstanding journalism. (Just remember to unsubscribe via Amazon if you decide not to go ahead with the paid subscription after your first free month.)

Also, they now offer a full annual digital subscription with a time-limited 50% discount. The best you can ever get.

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January 13, 2021


If you are a freelancer with international ambitions reaching beyond the English-speaking world, you may have been pondering the obvious question: Which is the best language to learn? The comprehensive answer published by The Economist may surprise you — and it’s not Mandarin Chinese 😉 (Enter your email to pass Economist’s paywall.)

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January 11, 2021


If you’re an independent expert considering a career move towards becoming a public intellectual, here’s an insightful essay with a well-meant warning against spreading yourself too thin by doing so: Public intellectuals have short shelf lives—but why?

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January 7, 2021


Freelance Finances is a new UK-based Substack-powered weekly newsletter covering useful business topics such as How to avoid clients who don’t pay on time or Where to find well-paid work.

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January 6, 2021


Freelancers + campervans = Camper Guru — a new directory of best camping spots in Europe for digital nomads co-founded by our member, UX designer Vita Valka.

On his journeys, Vita explores one of the upsides of freelance life — more freedom to work and travel any way you like. For several months each year, he has been freelancing while traveling in a camper with his family across the EU, writing a great blog about it.

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January 4, 2021


The Origins Podcast hosted by the world-known scientist Lawrence Krauss features in-depth and thought-provoking conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world. Writers, artists, scientists, and other outstanding professionals or thinkers share their origins stories and insights. For example in the newest episode, the famous filmmaker Woody Allen sits down with Krauss for his first comprehensive video discussion in over 30 years!

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December 31, 2020


Drop everything and watch this! The Beatles: Get Back is a new movie project by Peter Jackson, one of the most acclaimed directors of all time (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit). He is revisiting 56 hours of never-before-seen Beatles footage to produce a digitally remastered HD spectacle, coming soon in 2021. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!

Note: Jackson pulled off such an incredible feat before, with They Shall Not Grow Old documentary and long-forgotten films from the Great War.

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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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