We are more animal and more ancient than we admit.
Our higher selves wrestle with the great philosophical challenges of the day. Why is there no wi-fi? Why do the cleaners over-stuff the paper towel dispenser? Do I really want to have a smart meter? And, will the Russians hack it if I do?
Meanwhile, deep within, our brains arrange things the way that – based on two million years of evolution – they always have been.
Continue reading “The call of the savannah”
Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary.
Viktor E. Frankl (1905 – 1997), Man’s Search for Meaning
Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problem and to fulfil the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.
Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997), Man’s Search for Meaning
Stoic, cognitive psychotherapist, trainer and writer Donald Robertson has a new book out in April. If you took part in the recent Stoic Week event, you’ll recognise him and his voice from the introductory webinar and recorded exercises.
In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, Robertson combines historical biography, stoic philosophy and cognitive behavioural therapy. The result promises to be an effective, hands-on guide to applying stoicism in everyday life.
Continue reading “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor – @DonJRobertson”
Are freelancers and independents preparing for the future?
You just can’t trust the future. That’s certainly been clear
over the last couple of years. We seem to be contemplating the previously
unthinkable, every day.
An accidental No Deal Brexit in the UK? A prolonged
government shutdown in the US? Those things could be hard on a freelancer,
contractor or other independents.
Traditional employment offers an illusion. Maybe that’s part of the deal: the regular pay cheque implies continuity, that the future is someone else’s concern. But, if you work for yourself, the future comes into sharper focus. Self-employment requires a more active engagement with tomorrow.
Continue reading “Uncertainty – the freelance / gig economy destiny”
The BBC reports on research from Henley Business School:
The 28-year-old is part of a generation of “side hustlers” – entrepreneurial young people who work on their own projects alongside their main source of income.
Running a second business or sideline is becoming increasingly common.
One in four workers run at least one side hustle business, Henley Business School estimates, half of which were started in the past two years.
Those aged 25 to 34 are most likely to be involved, with 37% thought to run a sideline of some kind.
Continue reading “Gig economy, portfolio career or side hustle?”
you say, science itself will teach man (though to my mind it’s a superfluous luxury) that he never has really had any caprice or will of his own, and that he himself is something of the nature of a piano-key or the stop of an organ, and that there are, besides, things called the laws of nature; so that everything he does is not done by his willing it, but is done of itself, by the laws of nature. Consequently we have only to discover these laws of nature, and man will no longer have to answer for his actions and life will become exceedingly easy for him. All human actions will then, of course, be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and entered in an index; or, better still, there would be published certain edifying works of the nature of encyclopaedic lexicons, in which everything will be so clearly calculated and explained that there will be no more actions or adventures in the world.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881) , Notes from Underground, Part 1, chap. 6
FlexJobs has surveyed 1,000 (US) freelancers and found, yet again, that these are not desperate and abused individuals forced into abusive contracts by uncaring, capitalist overlords.
In fact, as TechRepublic summarises:
the average full-time freelance worker is a female Gen Xer working in the writing, marketing, editing, or creative career fields. This person works primarily for small companies and individuals, and juggles two to three jobs at a time, the report found. The average worker freelances by choice, and has been doing so for at least three years, and envisions continuing this type of career for the long-term, though they have worked at traditional companies in the past.
Continue reading “What does a freelancer look like? Survey from @FlexJobs”
A recession, or at least a significant downturn, is inevitable. No-one knows when or what the cause will be, but recessions are a part of the economic cycle. Will you be ready?
It comes with the deal. If you are a sovereign professional, your sovereignty requires that you make provision for whatever fate my fling at you. That can be tough to hear if you haven’t even got the hang of saving cash for your tax bill.
Continue reading “Freelancer? Are you ready for the coming storm?”
Levies for allegedly unpaid taxes, no supporting calculations and no right of appeal. The House of Lords finds that HMRC has been acting aggressively and disproportionately to freelancers it suspects of having avoided tax.
From David Byers in The Times:
The economic affairs committee in the House of Lords this week said that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was overusing “disproportionate” powers that allow it to demand swift payments of unpaid tax from those it suspects of tax avoidance. Those suspected have no right to appeal to a tribunal.
Members said that accelerated payment notices (APNs) and follower notices were being aimed unfairly at lower and middle-income freelancers such as IT workers and NHS nurses, rather than the promoters of tax avoidance schemes.
Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, chairman of the committee, said the balance of power had “tipped too far in favour of HMRC and against the fundamental protections every taxpayer should expect”.
Two pieces in The Times, here and here.
The report from the House of Lords committee, here.
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