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May 31


Joshua Toovey makes an excellent point on the IPSE blog that not every business wants to scale up. He quotes recent research that asked the British self-employed what growth means to them:

  • For 65% it means being able to charge higher day rates
  • For 61%, achieving greater profits year-on-year
  • For 60%, expanding their portfolio of clients
  • For 59%, higher turnover year-on-year
  • For 59%, personal development in knowledge and skills
  • For 42%, becoming more efficient in work
  • Only 15% of contractors viewed growth as becoming an employer

The article goes on to illustrate how out of touch UK government policy is with what the self-employed need to grow their businesses. Is it similar in the country where you are based as a freelancer?

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May 29


As a joint-venture between Impact Hub Prague K10 coworking space, located in a beautiful villa, and the Czech part of our freelance community, we organized a meetup for 100 freelancers in Prague last weekend. Check out this half-minute video to see how awesome it was:

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May 25


If you’re a supporter of transparent fixed pricing in your freelance practice, you’ll enjoy the following exchange from the classic 1922 Sherlock Holmes story, The Problem of Thor Bridge 🤑

A billionaire client to Sherlock Holmes:
“Money is nothing to me in this case. You can burn it if it’s any use in lighting you to the truth. This woman is innocent and this woman has to be cleared, and it’s up to you to do it. Name your figure!”

Sherlock’s cold reply:
“My professional charges are upon a fixed scale. I do not vary them, save when I remit them altogether.”

A billionaire:
“Well, if dollars make no difference to you, think of the reputation. If you pull this off every paper in England and America will be booming you. You’ll be the talk of two continents.”

“Thank you, Mr. Gibson, I do not think that I am in need of booming. It may surprise you to know that I prefer to work anonymously, and that it is the problem itself which attracts me.”

A few additional notes:

  • The client is actually introduced as a millionaire in 1922 currency, definitely a billionaire in today’s terms.
  • This particular short story also contains other remarkable dialogues, and the entire Sherlock canon is full of references to the unconventional professional ethics developed by the famous fictional detective.
  • Everything Doyle wrote about Sherlock is available in a single volume Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection from Audible, narrated by Stephen Fry.

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May 24


There are precious few TV series about running a small business, and most of them are quite romantic and detached from reality.

The Bear (2022) is an unparalleled exception — as is Clarkson’s Farm in its own field.

It tells a fictional story of a world-class chef who inherited a debt-ridden restaurant business in downtown Chicago from his brother and decided to quit his job to turn it around into a great diner.

However, his coming to reality is brutal. Employees shout and fight all the time. Everything breaks, everything’s dirty. The whole place is a total mess.

Can it be fixed?

At least one person thinks so…

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May 18


Creative copywriter Kim Hobson has published a comprehensive article about what to do when you lose a freelance client (besides stressing). The situation is really unavoidable:

“It’s important to remember no client relationship will last your entire career. One of you will inevitably be the first to move on. It happens to all of us — it’s just that most freelancers only talk about their successes and not their failures.”

The article covers common causes, immediate action steps, emotional coping strategies, prevention, analysis, and damage control. In other words, it's full of actionable advice:

“One of the most important things I’ve learnt from running a freelance business is: Don’t just work in your business, work on it. Keep your existing clients happy, but always be looking to expand your reach with people and businesses you want to work with.”

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May 16


„Remember how a few months ago I complained about potential clients who reach out to me and immediately ask me for my rate? … Turns out I also kinda, mostly, only care about how much a freelancer is going to cost me,” writes Linda A. Thompson in a recent article titled Can you send me your rate? about how price inquiries are essential in real-life scenarios of dealing with freelancers.

She also recounts her experience with a passive-aggressive company representative whom she asked for a quote, and her touching gesture to an underpaid cleaner. A good and honest article.

Of course, in business you have to be prepared to talk about prices.

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May 12


A new BBC article written by Ellen Nguyen asks why side-hustlers are sharing their incomes.

She points out that freelancers in the creator economy are much more likely to be transparent about their income than full-time employees. Even more curiously, those who are both employed and freelancing share their freelance income, not their salary.

“There’s no guidance set by HR or clear career paths laid out in the world of side hustles; instead, people have to turn to each other for information about the steps they take and how much they make, which is often encouraged on social media.”

This part also rings true:

“Side-hustles release the ‘inner entrepreneur’ in individuals – so talking about their earnings is one way to demonstrate their success.”

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May 9


May 9th marks the 3rd anniversary of as well as Europe Day, celebrating peace and unity in Europe 🕊

If you're new to this project, here's a quick summary of what we do and stand for:

  • We support freelancers as independent professionals and solopreneurs by sharing best business practices and maintaining an open directory where anyone can contact our members directly.
  • We promote international cooperation of freelancers as well as freelance communities across Europe. The EU lags behind the US in this regard, with most non-tech freelancers focusing on their national markets rather than exploring opportunities elsewhere.
  • As content curators, we monitor literally hundreds of sources on freelancing worldwide, including news outlets, platforms, books, podcasts, newsletters, and personal blogs. From the noise, we select the quality content and share it through individual news items on our website and social media.
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  • We're in for the long game — working in a small, highly dedicated team while being open to collaborating with others.

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May 8


An American library has purchased “work and play” desk stations where parents can work while their baby or toddler plays right next to them — and the photos published by BookRiot (or Curbed) are gorgeous.

“The stations are mostly used by mothers and their young children. What has been interesting is that the units were originally designed for babies and toddlers, but we have seen that even older children like using these. They enjoy having a comfortable place to read, and parents and caregivers appreciate knowing their child is nearby and comfortably occupied with a great book.”

Wouldn’t you love to have a desk like this in your local library, coworking space, or at home?

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May 5


Freelance platforms like Fiverr or Upwork, once hailed as prophets of the so-called freelance revolution, are taking an extraordinary beating in the markets:

Fiverr’s stock has plunged to below $27, down 92% from its all-time high, while Upwork’s stock has lost 87%.

The crash is due in part to poor financial results and to the growing use of ChatGPT for repetitive, low-skill work brokered by these and similar freelance marketplaces.

The decline is even more notable given that the overall freelance economy is growing, at least in the U.S. — a reminder that freelancing and online freelance platforms are two different things.

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