How you dress is super-important for a freelancer. In the client’s office you need to fit in and get things done. But, you also need to command respect and carry an air of authority.
Can clothing really be a super-power? Even in the most casual work environments, a jacket can give you a subtle edge.
But, where do you start? The single or double-breasted world of blazers, jackets and lounge suits – bespoke, made-to-measure or off-the-peg – can seem absurdly complicated.
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Stress is an everyday feature of work, whether you’re freelance
/ self-employed or an employee of another business.
Prolonged stress is exhausting. It messes with your sleep
and it messes with your thought-processes. As a result, you make more mistakes
and feel increasingly out of control leading, of course, to even greater stress.
If you work from home, those feelings can sometimes be
compounded by being alone – either through an explicit feeling of loneliness or,
more insidiously, through having no colleagues to vent, laugh or commiserate with.
What to do?
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Winning work is an ongoing challenge for freelancers. As an employee, someone’s always passing you the next project. But, as an independent, you need to be selling and delivering at the same time.
How is that possible?
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When you’re an independent, especially if you’re working home alone, starting a new project can seem inordinately difficult.
Chris Foley shares a useful perspective from Julia Cameron:
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This is an interesting and sensible ruling in a case of freelance vs employed. A tribunal has ruled that TV presenter Lorraine Kelly “was not employed by ITV, but performs as her ‘chatty’ TV persona.”
From the BBC report:
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We freelancers are a happy lot, but that doesn’t mean it’s a stress-free lifestyle. The corollary of freedom and flexibility is inevitable uncertainty. Sometimes it feels as if you’re always stressing about either time or money. How can Stoicism help?
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As Goldman Sachs relaxes its dress code, Sky News’s Adam Parsons argues for the power of a suit.
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How do you get the best out of the creative people in your team?
If you’re engaging freelance talent, sovereign professionals, for their fresh ideas, how can you avoid choking off that talent? And, if that’s why people hire you, what should you look for in a new gig? What are the warning signs that mean this project may be less rewarding than you anticipated?
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How can blockchain help build a better gig economy?
This article on Blocktribune looks at potential contributions, including:
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The social web serves a wealth of information about freelancers and potential employers – but this may be inaccurate, making hiring risky. A blockchain-based platform consisting of immutable records, validated work histories and employer reviews will serve as an incentive for participants to deliver work of assured quality, adhere to deadlines and keep promises.
The BCG Henderson Institute has an interesting report into the gig economy; The New Freelancers: Tapping Talent in the Gig Economy.
The freelancer / sovereign professional perspective
Looking at both low-paid and high-paid freelancers in 11 countries, the report throws up some important findings, including:
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