Weekly Newsletter for The Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of the week starting on 3rd June 2019.
Even the Harvard Business Review knows that "What freelancer mindset and action lead to success" is a top topic not only in the United States, where there are about 50 million freelancers, but around the world. It is the way that employment is changing.
When you look in a mirror you see a reflection of yourself. Similarly, it is important to look at successful freelancers in your particular field and copy what has made them successful. It appears very simple, but not many freelancers do this. It beats making mistakes and learning that way.
Mistakes and going about things the wrong way is an easy trap to fall into when you start out freelancing. That is why this newsletter aims to search for the articles by successful freelancers in the various categories and share their articles with you.
This quote is very applicable:
"I was a freelancer all through my 20s and was very slow to get good at what I did."– Ira Glass
Harvard Business Review is one of the leading publications on business in the world. I receive their newsletter because it gives top tips.
Amy Gallo has written this timeless article for HBR: How to Become a Successful Freelancer. You can read Amy's article here.
"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."– Mark Zuckerberg
Can you remember when you were in primary school whether you knew latch key children who went home to an empty house? I can as it was quite common in my childhood.
It was caused by both parents having to go to work, usually to pay the mortgage. These children will remember this for the rest of their lives.
My wife was a primary school teacher and we made the decision that she would not go back to work until our children reached the end of their primary school.
For us that was our choice for our family. It was a compromise, but it was only possible because I worked in a bank at the time and we had concessional housing finance for employees. Other couples were not so lucky.
Freelancing parents are becoming very common nowadays and the government needs to support them because they are, in fact, small business owners that are not given the recognition they deserve.
Families that decide one parent will work as a freelancer is a great decision for families – one that their children will remember favourably for the rest of their lives.
It can beat the cost of before/after school childcare that erodes the benefit of the second income.
There is an interesting article by Katie Allen about this trend that appears in the Guardian. You can read Katie's article here.
Apps are tools that can help freelancers lift their productivity. There are social media tools that can also help lift your productivity. I don't know whether you use or know about Hootsuite or Social Oomph, but they are tools that I find indispensable.
In fact, I think that I would have to give up a lot of online activity if I could not use them. Hootsuite and Social Oomph allow you to automate a lot of time consuming background work that you would not have any chance of managing.
An example of this is that when I had to keep abreast with what was happening with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation because it was going to change cyber security throughout the world.
The leading provider of training for the EU, GDPR, is IT Governance in the UK, of which I am an affiliate.
They have a blog to which they post regularly. I use a Hootsuite RSS feed to post to my Twitter and Facebook Page on this subject.
The reason I am telling you this is that freelancers constantly have to be on the lookout for ways and means to lift their personal productivity and not get swamped with information overload.
An article entitled The 8 best productivity apps for 2019 which can help you lift your personal productivity can be read by visiting here: https://www.getcloudapp.com/blog/productivity-apps
Talking and sharing your freelance journey can be a very powerful tool in managing your work-life balance.
However, sometimes because of your location, this will not be possible because other freelancers are not close by. Nevertheless you can still be a member of a group online and have a community that spans the globe.
We seek out articles for you and share them in this newsletter, but it can never replace the one to one friendship that can develop from a shared interest. This quote is very appropriate:
"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood."– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Robin Long from The Balanced Life Online has shared 11 Tips for Work-At-Home Moms. You can read her article here.
It does not matter in which of the OECD countries you live there is a trend that family living costs are rising and wages are stagnating, see here.
It is not your imagination! The question is what is in your power to change. One of the obvious answers is supplementary self-employment. That is why Stephen Kasriel's article for www.fastcompany.com entitled We studied freelancing for five years.
Here's how work is changing is an important financial tip. You can read Stephen's article here.
Once you are equipped with the knowledge from Stephen you can start to think about what freelancing skills are in demand in 2019.
We searched for three articles on the topic for you.
Here they are (click on the links):
We are constantly searching for news articles and videos on skills development and inspiration for freelancers.
Each week we have decided to bring you the links to what we consider are the top three articles or videos.
Here they are for this week (click on the article description):
There are now 5,000 skills in 90 categories that the digital economy can offer, according to Upwork’s 1st. quarter 2019 Skills Index which you can read here.
Number eleven on the list for this quarter is Julia Development. You can read about Why you should learn Julia from the Linode Community
Articles now on our website that are relevant to the outcome of new skills training are listed here:
The latest one is here:
The weekly AWS news video link to acloud.guru is here. They are the leading trainers globally for Amazon Web Services freelancers.
As discussed in previous newsletters we are focussing on the niche website in the future because it is producing better results i.e. sales.
Here is a recent article: Best garage workbench of 2019. Top 5 recommended. There have been 63 sales in the past month due to the keyword research and skills of Mamun, my virtual assistant.
We have decided to expand our search for appropriate articles for freelancers about cybersecurity.
This week we have found a further article from the Australian Government Department: Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
The article for this week is about cyberbullying for which there would not be many families that are not familiar with victims in their circle of friends and family. You can read the article here.
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 runs a cyber security and fraud prevention website which you can see here.
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