Creative services show the biggest growth in two reports on the freelance and independent sector in the US and UK.
In the UK, Simply Business reports a 31% year-on-year growth in the number of freelancers. They note that:
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the real growth in this space is being driven by a wave of emerging lifestyle and creative businesses. This suggests that more people are attempting to turn their hobbies and passions into businesses.
Execupundit’s Michael Wade on an eternal truth:
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No matter how small an act may be, if it is kind or cruel and needlessly done, there is a good chance that it will be remembered for many years.
Losing your job can be hard. For some, though, it’s the spur they need to start out on their own.
Here’s some interesting research from Harvard Business Review (Eliana Crosina of Babson College and Michael G. Pratt of the Carroll School of Management, Boston College). The researchers find that such job-seekers fall into two categories: Recreators and Repurposers:
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Nicholas Bate is always worth a visit. His posts are pithy, grounding and insightful.
Here’s a selection from his recent Basics 7 series:
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1. Cook: chop, slice, kneed
2. Clear: garage, study, garden
6. Sit outside: fresh coffee, a view, un-focused thoughts.
People often say they want to give up their day-job and follow their passion. They’re going to be a writer, photographer, whatever.
I just don’t have the time or energy to concentrate, the logic goes.
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Wise words on The Type of Meeting – and all that flows from this knowledge – from Execupundit’s Michael Wade.
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The type of meeting will determine which briefcase I bring, the tie and shoes I wear, the writing pad, and the pen.
And those are just the “superficials”…
You love your home-office, with its perfect desk and everything within reach of your perfect chair. But sometimes, you lean back in the perfect chair … and find you’ve been asleep for half an hour.
Or, maybe you just can’t focus, can’t find the way into the new project.
Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery.
Here are four alternatives to consider for a fresh perspective.
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Freelancers and independents rely on their connections for their next project. After all, you stand or fall by your reputation. But how do you build your network of connections if you’re not naturally gregarious?
Here are some tips and links for making the most of your least favourite activity.
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The Modern Stoicism site has just posted an expanded version of Freelancing, Stoicism and Stress. I am both grateful and humbled.
Hopefully, fellow independent professionals will find it informative and perhaps useful, too.
Many thanks to Modern Stoicism’s editor Greg Sadler for his support.
The Modern Stoicism article is here.
The shorter original, elsewhere on this site, is here.
Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash
Research shows that the mere smell of coffee can improve some cognitive functions.
We knew it all along: coffee makes you smarter.
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