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10/27/20 Upwork Launches Beta version of Project Catalog

Upwork has launched the beta version of a promising new method for freelancers to earn income from the Upwork jobs platform. Project Catalog™ enables freelancers to build a project one time, then land contracts for it repeatedly. Project Catalog™ will be rolling out to the public beginning February 16th, 2021. You can read more about this on Upwork here.

9/14/20 – India is the Second-Fastest Growing Freelance Market in the World

The freelance workforce in India grew by 46 percent in the second quarter of 2020, according to a Payoneer study. This makes India the second-fastest growing freelance economy in the world. You can read more in Entrepreneur here.

8/12/20 – Freelancers in India Must Pay Goods and Services Tax

Freelancers in India must begin paying the country’s Goods and Services Tax (GST). This is a compound tax that has replaced all other taxes in order to make tax matters easier for everyone. In order to cover this, freelancers need to start charging an 18% GST fee to all of their clients. You can read more in Femina here.

7/23/20 – Employers Trying to Adjust to New Gig Work Economy

With a growing number of highly skilled gig workers working remotely and replacing traditional employee office workers, companies are still trying to adjust. You can read more on Forbes here.

7/10/20 – 7 Ways Australians (or Anyone) Can Make Extra Money

The pandemic has been a catalyst for lots of Australians to seek out other ways of earning income. Many, though, don’t know where to start. This Yahoo Finance article by Jessica Yun lets Australians know about 7 different ways they can freelance online. You can read more here.

6/26/20 – Japan Introducing Guidelines to Improve Freelance Life

In an effort to promote flexible working styles, the government of Japan is creating guidelines to strengthen legal protection and improve accident insurance coverage for the country’s more than 4.6 million freelancers. You can read more in the Japan Times here.

6/15/20  – No Statutory Minimum Wage for Netherlands Freelancers

Dutch freelancers will not be getting a statutory minimum hourly rate, as previously proposed by Wouter Koolmees, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment. The Netherlands government ruled a minimum hourly rate would lead to “too high an administrative burden for freelancers or self-employed without any staff.” You can read more in The Netherland Times here.

4/22/20 – Freelancing and Remote Work are the Future

Freelancing and remote work were going to be the wave of the future anyway, and now the future is here because of coronavirus. You can read about how freelancing and remote work will be sticking around after the pandemic here.

4/8/20 – Australia Gig Economy Services Adapting to Coronavirus Restrictions

Gig economy services in Australia like Airtasker and Shebah – a women and children only transport service – and Uber are successfully adapting to the restrictions necessary due to coronavirus. You can read more in the ABC report here.

3/31/20 – Gig Workers Have Rights During Pandemic

Gig workers and other freelancers tend to get left behind and ignored sometimes. Now with a pandemic raging around the world is not the time to be leaving people out who need monetary and other help. The gig economy in Europe is worth $4.5 trillion, yet gig workers are still struggling. You can read more in EU Observer here.

2/12/20 – Will 1/3 of the UK’s Freelancers Stop Contracting?

13% of UK freelancers have begun planning to find contracts outside the UK. 11% have begun planning to retire early or otherwise stop working. 8% have begun planning to move into jobs where they will be employees, according to IPSE research. Why? Because of changes coming up in April of this year to the IR35 law.

You can read the full article on Politics Home here.

2/6/20 – Will ProAct Pass?

The United States House of Representatives votes on February 6, 2020 on legislation which would reclassify many gig workers as traditional employees rather than contractors.

This legislation, called the Protecting the Right to Organize Act,  would reclassify many gig workers as traditional employees rather than contractors. This comes on the heels of California’s very controversial passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) last year, which narrowly classifies almost all freelancers, gig workers and others as employees.

You can read the full article in the Washington Examiner here.

Sabina Lohr

Sabina Lohr is a lifelong freelancer turned entrepreneur and creator of World of Freelancers. She’s always really enjoyed the freedom that freelancing brings, including during several years of working online while traveling and living abroad. Sabina created World of Freelancers to help others learn all about how to work for themselves online so they can enjoy the freelance lifestyle too. She enjoys green tea, red wine and spending time with her family and friends at home and around the world.

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