Freelancers Need To Understand Plagiarism And Copyright 

Weekly Newsletter for The Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of the week starting on 17th September 2018

If you are a creative professional freelancer it is important that you understand the concept of copyright and its application to the work that you produce and that others produce. This can range from writing to software production and many other creative activities. 

If you are not sure of is general application this is the Wikipedia entry on the subject here. There are also International Copyright Treaties, the most well-known of these is the 1886 Berne Convention which you can read about here

Freelancers need to understand plagiarism and copyright

Many countries have national bodies to administer their copyright laws. In Australia, this is how copyright law has developed according to Wikipedia and you can read about it here. The body that represents the creative copyright originators in Australia is the Australian Copyright Council and you can read about their mission and services here.

From a copyright perspective for writers, Leona Hinton has written an article for the Freelancers Union’s blog entitled Plagiarism can wreck a writing career: how to avoid it. Leona’s article can be read here.

For all matters that require personal professional advice, such as copyright law, these are only general interest articles that give a brief overview of subjects and in need, you should seek personal professional advice from a legal specialist pertaining to your specific situation. 

The Australian Copyright Council have specific publications and legal referral points from their website here. For those in other countries this publication gives a more detailed overview of copyright in the digital age: 

Motivate Yourself!
“In spite of all the skills that I do have, to relate to the normal world I have no applicable skills. I can speak Russian, I can speak French. I know about Chanel. Especially vintage Chanel. I know what Halston is. All of these things, but they can't really be applied to a nine-to-five.”
Johnny Weir

How To Stay Self-Motivated When You Leave The 9 To 5 Team Environment?

How to stay self-motivated when you leave the 9 to 5 team environment?

If you have worked in a corporate or small to medium enterprise you will have often worked in a team environment. Often this means setting team goals, segmenting duties and co-operation between team members. This team environment helps keep you motivated and supported. 

However, when you make the leap, hopefully after a trial, to being self-employed as a freelancer the supporting environment is gone. You have to become self-motivated. It is a vitally important issue because if you are not self-motivated your earning capacity falls. It costs you money! 

Jay Douglas has written 10 tips for staying motivated as a work-at-home freelancer for the blog which you can read here. Sara Robinson has written The secret source of motivation that every freelancer should use for which you can read here

This is the link to the best sellers in motivational self-help books at Amazon here

Productivity Tip of the Week

Moonlighting As A Freelancer Is A Mega-Trend To Lift Productivity And Income

Moonlighting as a freelancer is a mega-trend to lift productivity and income

It does not matter in which OECD country you live wages are stagnating in an unprecedented way and living costs are still increasing. It is not just a vague impression of families struggling financially, it is a fact! The OECD has analyzed the statistics and this is what they found here

However, it is all very well to know that what you are feeling is real. There are two ways to address the issue, or a combination, of the two: the first is to reduce or control your costs and the other is to increase your income. If your wages are stagnating or penalty rates reduced and there is no capacity there, it is necessary to make working at home work.

Sarah Landrum has written How millennials are making work from home work for the which you can read here

On the other side of balancing the family budget is reducing living expenses and improving time management. One way, in my opinion, is by being a member of Amazon Prime which tackles both of these issues. You read about how they do this here

Another method is to follow blogs that are aimed at reducing living costs. One of these blogs is We follow a number of blogs for cost saving and we will let you know when we see an article that is worth telling you about. Amy Lu has written Best Money Tips: Meal Planning Tips for Busy Couples. You can read Amy’s article here

Work-Life Balance Tip of the Week

Work-Life Balance And The Challenges Of An Aging Population

Work-life balance and the challenges of an aging population

If you are a parent or a grandparent or even a single person the challenges of the global aging population are going to have a significant impact on your work-life balance. It is something that you can ignore, but that is a mistake because later in life you will regret it as it will cause you and possibly your children financial hardship. 

The World Bank monitors the changes in life expectancy and you can look at how it impacts on your country by clicking here (it takes a few moments to load). Do not be one of the baby boomer, millennial or later generations to make this mistake, see here

Paul Irving has written Are millennials ready for a 100-plus-year life? Paul article was written for and you can read it here. The related article by Pavel Krapivin entitled The study, work, retire model is broken as we live until 100 appeared in the and you can read it here

The solution that AARP has started advocating for making sure that you have the skills and training to freelance to retire part-time, appears to me, to be a common sense approach. It involves having a life-plan, see icon below. 

On the home page of our website it shows that our goal is to have articles about freelancing millennials, freelancing retirees, freelancing during tough times (e.g. droughts), but also whilst studying, which is under development. Overall it requires a plan. 

Financial Tip of the Week

Critical To Freelancers Paying Less Tax Is Often The Result From Spending Money On Advice

Critical to freelancers paying less tax is often the result from spending money on advice

I know that the readers of this newsletter live in a number of countries and this article application may differ from country to country. However, for freelancers that are working fulltime for themselves and those that are moonlighting from their main job it can seem counter intuitive to spend money on taxation advice from a tax accountant. 

This is because it appears to be an additional expense and the money is better in your pocket. In Australia, the taxation year is from the 1st. July in one year to the 30th. June in the following year. This means that many freelancers in Australia may have completed their taxation return for the past tax year. 

If you have completed your taxation return yourself you should review this article: Tax deductions for freelancers from which you can read here.

If you completed your taxation return yourself and realize that you have made mistakes you will be interested in this article from the Australian Taxation Office as to how to amend a taxation return which you can read here.

If this article has helped you save money by getting the assistance of a taxation accountant to share the experience on our Facebook page if you wish. Our Facebook page link is here

Amazon News

Amazon News

We have had a change of Prime Minister in Australia following a party room challenge. One of the Prime Minister's first priorities will be helping farmers. We thought it appropriate to keep this segment for a few issues because a number of parliamentarians receive this newsletter.

Australia has the worst drought in living memory in some regions at the moment. We have written an article about the need to help them supplement their farm income which you can read here

We thought we would investigate whether Amazon Services and technology could help farmers and this is what we found: 

It is hard to believe that a farmer can run a business from their farm that distributes products internationally that does not relate to their farm business but helps supplement their farm income. This has occurred because Amazon Services enable you to do just that. You can read about it here

The weekly AWS news video link to is here. They are the leading trainers globally for AWS freelancers. 

Amazon Associates Website Case Study 

Amazon Associates Website Case Study

The latest article on Amazon Case Study website is entitled Smart choices matter for millennial families – 15 reasons why! which you can read here. 

We have stopped showing the links for new articles as we have discovered that it could be having adverse impacts on the search engine optimization of the website Best Sellers Hourly. We will advise you when new articles are added. They are currently being worked on. 

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Freelancers And Cyber Security

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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