Karen Wessinger (Author's Website)

Karen Wessinger is an independent European affairs consultant who has been providing strategic advice and communications support to associations and companies in a variety of sectors. She has over 10 years experience in advisory services and advocacy projects particularly in the internal market, health, food, consumer affairs and financial services sectors.

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3 Signs That it’s Time to Start Freelancing

13/11/2017 |

For many individuals, the idea of becoming a freelancer is an exciting prospect. Setting your own hours, choosing the clients you work with, and doing what you love may seem like a dream. However, in 2015, it was reported that freelancers comprise “25% of all those working in professional, scientific and technical work” in the EU. In […]

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European Freelancers Week is Open for Registration

14/08/2017 |

European Freelancers Week (#EFWeek) will return in multiple locations across Europe between October 7 – 15, 2017. Freelancers, self-employed professionals, digital nomads, solo-entrepreneurs and coworking spaces can now submit an event during #EFWeek. Help co-create Europe’s biggest event for freelancers! What it is #EFWeek is an annual series of events held under a common branding in […]

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Self-employed and entrepreneurship: breaking the barriers to job creation

02/03/2016 |

Promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship is an important way of creating new jobs and enhancing the labour market opportunities for the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups. Are Member States using the full potential of self-employment and entrepreneurship for tackling their employment challenges? About 16% of the EU’s working population were self-employed in 2014 (see also our blog post […]

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What’s New in Payments Technology: What Every Freelancer Needs to Know

14/08/2015 |

Nearly one out of four Europeans is working independently. The number of freelancers has increased from just under 6.2 million in 2004 to 8.9 million in 2013, making independent workers the fastest-growing segment in the European labour market. The new sharing economy worker is not working a 9-5 job in one company. The trend is […]

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In the Future, Employees Won’t Exist

14/06/2015 |

Contract work is becoming the new normal. Consider Uber: The ride-sharing startup has 160,000 contractors, but just 2,000 employees. That’s an astonishing ratio of 80 to 1. And when it comes to a focus on contract labor, Uber isn’t alone. Handy, Eaze and Luxe are just a few of the latest entrants into the “1099 Economy.” Though they get the most […]

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European Sharing Economy Coalition Publishes a Manifesto in View of 2014 EU Elections

20/01/2014 |

More info and contact details are available here.

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