Weekly Newsletter for The Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of the week starting on 12th November 2018.
September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day. Last year our bike riding group had a speaker from Lifeline Australia giving a talk about their work in helping prevent suicide.
Kerry, the speaker, told us about their work and read the written story of one of their volunteers. Our group sponsors the training of volunteers who work as telephone counselors for people in crisis.
In the story that Kerry read, the volunteer had shared how a "ripple" from a cancer scare had changed her perspective on life and she had become a volunteer to help others. Often people who become freelancers will have passed through a "ripple" in their life which will change their life.
This will often require a transition from a 9 to 5 employment routine to being a freelancer. This can be a period of great stress and trauma in your life and services such Lifeline Australia can help you get through a "ripple" when you need some help. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Lifeline’s phone number is 131114.
If you want to get some more tips about moving from 9 to 5 to freelancing you can read a preview of The 9-to-5 Cure: Work on Your Own Terms and Reinvent Your Life by Kristin Cardinale by clicking on the icon below:
“From an early age I didn't buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.”– Adam Clayton
My wife and I recently attended an open day at our grandchildren’s school. It was a very impressive day run by the teachers and students.
Over morning tea prepared by the senior students, we started discussing with other attendees what the world of work was going to be like when our grandchildren started work.
When I returned to my office I found an emailed article entitled Why the Future of Work Could Lie in Freelancing. The article has been written by Anthony Hussenot, an author from the World Economic Forum. Included in the article were links to other intriguing topics:
If you have not felt motivated to talk to your children or grandchildren about the future of work and how important self-motivation and initiative are going to be, these articles will likely change your mind. You can read the articles here.
When you have read the articles and are feeling motivated to start the conversation about preparing children for the freelance economy you can read an article of the same title by Jeriann Ireland on the Freelancers Union blog by clicking here.
It makes you wonder whether there will be a Universal Basic Income in the foreseeable future. Clearly, the future of work is changing very quickly.
Making decisions as a freelancer is probably tougher than being in a managerial employment situation. That is because you will have to wear the consequences if you make the wrong decision.
This is especially true if it relates to your productivity, as there usually is a bottom line monetary consequence. Here is an example of what I mean.
I have a classic situation where I have to make a decision that will cost me money if I get it wrong. I own a cybersecurity website about identity theft which you can see here.
One of the most important changes in cybersecurity in the world is has occurred in May 2018. This change is the European General Data Protection Regulation (EUGDPR) that is being introduced into the European Union.
It will impact on all their trading partners. This is because the population of the EU is about 510 million and the economy is one of the world's largest.
I own a number of EUGDPR domain names and it costs money to hold them with a view to sale in the future. They have now come up for renewal and it puts pressure on my budget.
The question is: To sell or hold? If I get it wrong it could cost me a significant amount of money (for me anyway). This is where decision analysis comes into play when you have to make hard decisions as a freelancer both on a personal and business level.
On life decision management topics Beth Burgess has written an article for Lifehack.org entitled 7 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Faced with a Tough Decision in Life.
When you start pitching for gigs where the client is in different time zone, you will find that it can be a work-life balance issue. It is important to establish the process by which you will operate and what is a reasonable expectancy of the person for whom you are completing the contract.
You do not want to find that you are still working at 11.00pm completing an assignment or waiting for a telephone call back. This also applies to have a virtual assistant in a different time zone.
I know of someone who lived in Australia who was in the domain name portfolio business. Most of his dealings were in Europe and the United States so he decided to change his sleep cycle during conferences in those countries where he couldn't attend. It is not a good idea in my opinion. You would know this if you have ever suffered from jetlag on holidays.
This is also the work-life balance issue for you if you have not sorted out how you are going to operate with clients in other countries. It can have a detrimental impact on your family if you try to do this.
Tyra Seldon has written 8 Tips for Working with Clients from Long Distances for the Freelancers Union Blog and you can read Tyra's article here.
One of the most important financial tips that a freelancer can take on board is that changing their work-life balance later in life to retire part-time is important. The retirement association in the United States, AARP, has done a lot of work to help people in this regard. The AARP is a powerful organization with over 38 million members.
The AARP jobs expert and an author is Kerry Hannon. I will often mention the work of the AARP and Kerry in this newsletter because of their pioneering and advocacy work to help retirees.
Freelancing or working part-time is an important part of Kerry's retirement strategies. Kerry's article on 5 Part-Time Jobs for Retirees can be read here.
I notice that the Australian Securities and Investment Commission has also started work in this regard, following the lead of AARP with this article on the benefits of part-time work which you can read here.
Clearly, there are not only financial benefits in retiring part-time but also the physical and mental benefits that contribute to your well-being and a healthy and happy retirement.
I will maintain the links for the New Economy articles which are skills and job-focused training. You can read one such article by clicking on the link: Training choices matter for freelancers and career changers.
There are now
5,000 skills in 90 categories that the digital economy can offer according to
Upwork’s 2nd Quarter Skills Index for 2018, see here.
Articles now on our website that are relevant are listed here:
will be more over the coming months.
Artificial intelligence is disrupting and transforming industries and one of the leading companies in the world in using AI is Amazon. Steven Levy has written Inside Amazon’s artificial intelligence flywheel for www.wired.com which you can read about here.
The weekly AWS news video link to acloud.guru is here. They are the leading trainers globally for AWS freelancers.
The latest article on BestSellersHourly.com Amazon Case Study website is entitled Smart choices matter for millennial families – 15 reasons why! which you can read here.
Pinterest: In view of the recent hack of Reddit we have decided to link to the Australian Bankers Association fact sheet entitled Small Business - Protecting Your Business Information Online which you can access here. We urge you look at other Fact Sheets that are available from the Association as well related to business and personal security.
We have gained approval from Robert Siciliano to bring you extracts from his books related to cyber security for freelancers. Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert and consultant. He also gives self defense and personal safety seminars. Robert provides safety and identity theft fraud prevention tips and advice on multimedia channels in the United States. We have his approval to bring you weekly extracts from his books:
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