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June 9

FREELANCE FRIENDS

On June 25, we are launching our first online event titled simply Freelance Friends. There will be three talks from experienced international freelancers, sharing their stories and business insights:

  • Elina Jutelyte is an event manager and freelance angel: As an expat, she founded the Belgian Freelance Business Community and produces large events for European freelancers. Here, she will share her own freelance origins story and lessons learned.
  • Vita Valka is a graphic and UX designer known for his digital-nomad lifestyle and a new project CamperGuru. Each year, his family spends a few months in a camping van, traveling, working and networking all over Europe. Get ready for a talk of a lifetime.
  • Jan de Graaf is a German business consultant for European trade with Asia and especially China, where he has spent 15 years. Jan will share his freelance journey and describe the rich cultural background of his successful freelance business.

Do you want to be part of this, for free, and make friends with us? Send us an email titled I AM IN to hello@freelancing.eu — and you’re in! The event will run on Zoom from 2 to 7 p.m. (CET, June 25).

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June 8

REVOLUT

Revolut has virtually revolutionized European smart banking and fintech industry by offering a free app-based multi-currency bank account available to all. As a digital wallet, it enables freelancers to automatically track their expenses, as well as exchange common currencies at a fair market rate (up to ca. €1,000/month).

Tip: You can register via this link to get a small bonus for ordering a card and making your first 3 payments before June 22.

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June 7

BULLSHIT JOBS FALLACY

“The bullshit-jobs thesis is largely bullshit,” reports The Economist in an article about a newly published empirical critique of late David Graeber’s book, which claims that more than half of societal work is pointless. Although Graeber’s thesis has been cited more than 800 times by academics, not to mention media, the data often show the exact opposite of what he claimed:

“In contrast to the high share of bullshit jobs reported by Mr. Graeber, in 2015 only 4.8% of respondents in the EU felt their work was useless. And this proportion had fallen, not risen, in recent years, from 5.5% in 2010 and 7.8% in 2005.”

Note: A more recommended reading would be Graeber’s older book Debt, or Hans Rosling’s Factfulness.

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June 4

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FREELANCE COMMUNITY?

If you have ever browsed our long list of European freelance platforms, you are surely aware of how hard it is to choose the right community among so many (314 to this day). Elina Jutelyte shares 10 points to consider before joining one in a helpful article entitled How to choose your freelance community?

Note: Our point #11 would be to look for a community that puts its members in front, highlighting their work — just as we do with Elina, who is our member 😉

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June 3

PERFECTIONISM

Do you fight your perfectionism every time you have to ship your finished work? Josh Spector offers these 5 ways to overcome your perfectionism:

  1. Define “perfect” without a reference to results.
  2. Share a work in progress.
  3. Set a failure or rejection goal.
  4. Check out the early work of someone you admire.
  5. Make something in a set time limit.

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June 2

BE A PRO FOR ONE HOUR

Don’t have time to be a full-time freelance pro? Well, then don’t blame yourself and be one for at least one hour a day, argues Steven Pressfield: “Guess what? I am writing full-time and it’s true … I can still only squeeze in an hour here and an hour there.”

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May 28

RE-OPEN EU

Re-open EU is a very useful guide for traveling between European countries. Just select the country of departure and your destination to see any remaining restrictions to follow.

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May 27

FREELANCE BUSINESS FOR WRITERS

If you are a freelance writer, copywriter, journalist or translator, the online conference Freelance Business for Writers organized by Elina Jutelyte and her Belgian Freelance Business Community on June 3-4 is a must. As always, its program is packed with experienced independent professionals, their talks and workshops, while the first 500 tickets are free and up for grabs!

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May 26

HOW TO FUTUREPROOF YOUR JOB

To futureproof our jobs against robots and AIs, we should focus on what makes us uniquely human rather than compete with the machines, argues tech journalist Kevin Roose in his uplifting TED video.

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May 25

THE ART OF SAYING “NO”

“Thank you for your invitation to host a fundraising dinner in the private room of a top London restaurant. I would rather die.” — and other collected pearls of wisdom how to decline an undesired invitation, by Richard Feynman, Ursula Le Guin and Kurt Vonnegut, among others.

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