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The best business advice I’ve ever received in my life actually came from the person I expected the least — my local car mechanic.

How?

I’m an ideal customer for any car mechanic.

Just imagine me. A freelance content writer with a law degree. Changing a flat tire is a whole day adventure for me.

Here comes a sheep. Oh boy, you’re going to rain me so much money. That’s how car mechanics see me. I don’t blame them. But, I’m so helplessly disinterested in learning even the basic car repairs.

So, I just give up completely when something goes wrong with my car. I imagine that I’m jumping off a cliff. I close my eyes and I expect a hefty repair bill when I open them again. …


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I’m very pessimistic about the future of content marketing. Why?

Nowadays, content marketing has come down to food content.” When I say fast food content marketing, I’m obviously not referring to the content created for the purpose of the fast-food industry and clients. This is a clear reference to the low-quality content with the sole purpose to fill in the empty cyberspace. If there is junk food, then there has to be junk content, as well. Right? We all know the answer to that question because it is all around us. This parallel is fully justified. Fast food content marketing is cheap, easy to process, and it comes in unlimited quantities. So, who is to blame? …


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Saturday Night Fever Original Movie Soundtrack Cover

Well, you can tell by the way I promote my gigs
I’m a freelance man, no time for bids
High fees and clients cold, I’ve been kicked around
Since my Upwork account was born
And it’s not alright, it’s not okay
And you may try to do things the other way
We can try to understand
Upwork Project Catalog effect on freelance man

Whether you’re a freelancer or whether you’re a gigster
You’re offering gigs for bucks five, bucks five
Feel Upwork breakin’ and everybody shakin’
And we’re offering gigs for bucks five, bucks five
Ah, ha, ha, ha, bucks five, bucks five
Ah, ha, ha, ha, bucks…


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Do you know what the most important thing in freelancing is?

You think you do, but you don’t. It’s not your portfolio, the number of your reviews, the set of skills, or availability.

The First Class Freelancers From the Third World Countries

The small icon of your national flag next to your profile is the most powerful thing in our freelance universe. You will be judged, selected, and paid based on your flag’s colors, first and foremost.

Your flag determines whether you’re a freelancer from the first or the third world country. The classification process based on freelance flags is brutal and biased. …


If you want different results, then you have to do things differently.

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Here are some of my favorite ”unusual” strategies. I am not saying that they may work for you, but try it and see for yourself whether they are good or not.

I don’t follow the freelance herd!

I stay away from the biggest and most popular freelance websites. Why? I think that these mega-size platforms are both overcrowded and overrated. Instead, I am for the smaller and more independent online marketplaces where clients know exactly what they want. That’s why you can find me working exclusively on goLance. …


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I took Latin in high school. To be quite honest, I wasn’t thrilled about it. Later, I become annoyed by people who liked to show off with their knowledge of Latin phrases. I mean, what’s the point? You have to Google like crazy just to figure out what has someone tried to say. The easiest way to put it is in plain and simple English. Why bother?

Then, I stumbled upon a Latin phrase, and I liked it so much that I thought, it would be a great tattoo. I’m dead serious about it. …


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California knows how to party, but does California know how to freelance?

I reflect on California Assembly Bill 5 from the safe distance of my third world country. I enjoy my tax-cozy life as a freelance outlaw to the fullest. One of my freelance buddies from India says this is Karma at work. He’s emotionally compromised. He just can’t let go of an article where some CA freelancer bragged about making six figures with no sweat.

I don’t share this bittersweet sentiment. I feel for my freelance brothers and sisters who will get hurt and burnt, but not by the sun on the sandy beaches in California.

Run To The Hills, Run For Your Freelance Lives

A personal fun fact. I have a law degree. Thanks to my average grade I can get a Ph.D. in let’s say four years unless the European higher education laws haven’t changed dramatically. But, I don’t it for the most reasonable piece of advice I can possibly give you. Pack your bugs. Hit the road Jack and don’t look back. …


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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Oh, my dear Upwork

We used to have beautiful moments

But you ruined it all

When you made me pay for connects

Oh, my dear Upwork

You brought me down

To my freelance knees

When you doubled your fees

Oh, my dear Upwork

You become all about the profit

When I bid too much

You closed my account in a heartbeat

Oh, my dear Upwork

I still believe

There’s romance in freelance

That’s why I moved to goLance

Oh, my dear Upwork

In the freelance universe

There are so many planets

On goLance no cost to my clients

Oh, my dear Upwork

I pay a lower fee

On goLance they let me be

To bid is absolutely free

Oh, my dear Upwork

What goes up

Must go down on stock exchange

Guess that’s Bad Karma’s revenge


Is there a freelancer who hasn’t seen the Independence Day movie, at least once?

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Credit 20th Century Fox

I simply lost count how many times I have seen this great movie. Now, here’s the thing. What is that stuck in your memory about it?

If all you can remember are the mind-blowing special effects, then I have to say, I’m hugely disappointed. How about that memorable speech that Bill Pullman gave as the American President Thomas Whitmore?

This speech is the reason I believe that Independence Day isn’t reserved for the US freelancers, only.

No Freelance Without Freedom — No Freedom Without Independence

My very first freelance client was from the USA. Most of my clients are US citizens. …


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Photo by K. Mitch Hodge

Fiverr just went public. Another freelance marketplace will bite the dust.

Why So Serious — Why So Pessimistic?

All mega-size freelance platforms are public companies, now. Freelancer dot com is a “veteran” in this field. Upwork will have to wait for a few more months to light its first public birthday candle. Fiverr didn’t even have the time to clean up after their NYSE party.

And, there you have it, the “Freelance Triumvirate” went public, with no exceptions. That’s not a coincidence. Actually, I think I see a clear pattern.

Every freelance marketplace’s public journey has to go through these five phases.

The First Enthusiastic Phase

The enthusiasm of freelance platforms at their stock market debuts is simply overwhelming. I dare to say, it can be quite contagious. All you can see is the confetti rain, but you can’t hear a thing. The ringing of the stock market bells can be deafening. Some of these bells became the victims of this enthusiasm. …

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Nebojsa Todorovic

Writer/Marketer at GoLance Inc | Hacker Noon Award “Noonies2020” Winner for the Most Controversial Writer of the Year

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