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If you happen to be in Belgium this week, check out the Freelancer Summit 2023 that takes place on October 19 in Gent.
What a great way to celebrate the International Freelancer Day, which also happens to be October 19!
The Q&A is scheduled for Friday, October 20, from 18:00 (CET) and you can sign up to this meeting for free via Zoom:
“Pricing and business negotiations are two essential skills for independent professionals. In this deep-dive Q&A session, Robert Vlach will take your questions and give comprehensive answers that will broaden your understanding of freelance pricing and negotiation strategies. This is crucial because pricing isn't just a one-off matter. There are no universal rules applicable to all the hundreds of industries and thousands of professions where freelancers offer their services. In essence, freelance pricing is a process of gradual improvement and this is also why debates like these are super-useful.”
Do you create and publish professional content? If so, you shouldn't miss the outstanding book How to Take Smart Notes, which focuses on the zettelkasten method.
While Sönke Ahrens primarily wrote it for students, academics, and non-fiction authors, professional content creators will also find it highly valuable — whether they write, lecture, or even just produce short videos or social media posts. The book is concise, engaging, evidence-based, and utterly practical. If you're unfamiliar with the zettelkasten technique, you're guaranteed to learn much from it.
Just a quick reading tip: If you enjoyed the groundbreaking book Genius Foods written by Max Lugavere (with Paul Grewal, MD) about foods and lifestyle choices supporting long-term brain health, there’s an equally good sequel.
The Genius Life broadens the picture by focusing on overall health and longevity, while sticking to solid, well-researched scientific foundations. Once again, the book is pretty dense, so expect a deep-dive with no fluff — a perfect read for any busy freelancer.
Sarah Duran, who is one of the leading voices on freelance business in the U.S., praised The Freelance Way in the recent issue of Hustler’s Manifesto newsletter:
The Freelance Way by Robert Vlach is the most comprehensive freelance guide I have ever read. A lot of books on freelancing are just repurposed “best practices” that you could get from Google, but Robert’s book shares deep expertise and experience that you can only have from being an independent worker for many years. Instead of giving silver bullets and “secret” formulas, Robert shares his incredible knowledge as a freelancer and top-tier business consultant, which gives freelancers the information they need to forge their own path.
One highlight is the chapter on pricing. Pricing is so hard to talk about because everyone wants you to tell them how to do it when the reality is that pricing your work is the journey of a lifetime and is so specific to the industry and the type of work you do. Robert goes into great detail on so many pricing models and the theory behind them, giving freelancers a comprehensive resource for defining their worth.
The Freelance Way: Best Business Practices, Tools & Strategies for Independent Professionals has been published in 2022 by HarperCollins and is available worldwide from Amazon, along with several translations.
100 students will delve into 10 business topics, inspired by Robert Vlach’s best-selling book The Freelance Way, and presented informally by a group of top-notch independent professionals on Zoom. And once again, the course is completely full.
Here’s an idea: Would you be interested in an English version available globally to all?
If you are serious about freelancing as a business, you should measure your progress somehow, depending on your long-term priorities. Marcie Geffner wrote a straight-to-the-point article about how she does it as a freelance writer. She focuses on the following 4 success metrics while admitting that (obviously) money isn’t everything:
Check out the snapshots on Facebook from our 1st super-awesome international freelance meetup that we hosted this week in Bratislava, Slovakia, in collaboration with Coworking Cvernovka and the creative center Nová Cvernovka.
In the beautiful Indian summer weather, over 50 of us gathered—mostly local, Central-European freelancers, but we also had a few folks from Austria and Belgium! The 2-day meetup was all about casual networking, discussions, and undisturbed work in the sunlit coworking space.
A highlight of the gathering was a live 2.5-hour debate on freelance business with Robert Vlach, and also a tour of Nová Cvernovka, which, apart from coworking, includes 130 creative studios and workshops, a garden, nursery, sauna, café, bakery, bar, shopping, and gourmet zones, hosting dozens of events monthly.
A big shoutout to our friends at Cvernovka for their hospitality and collaboration, and to all of you who made it to this first international meetup!
This week, we’re kicking off our new format of international freelance meetups:
Joining is easy! Attendance is free; all you have to do is join the Facebook event and then show up in good spirits.
This represents another step away from purely text-based AI chatbots towards a multimodal AI that could eventually communicate through images and voice.
A significant improvement is expected to be its enhanced ability to work with text in images, a challenge that has been troubling competitor tools like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion (Adobe Firefly approaches the issue differently).
The introductory presentation video of Dalle 3 alone takes your breath away—in the hands of skilled (not only) freelance creators it will undoubtedly be an immensely powerful tool for creative work: