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5 Side Hustles for the Successful Freelancer

11/10/2017 |
5 Side Hustles for the Successful Freelancer

Freelancing means being in charge of your own destiny; an attitude becoming more popular in this day and age where nearly one out of four Europeans is working independently. A study by Eurofound showed that out of freelancers in EU-28 countries, 89% enjoyed being their own boss. However, the same study reports that self-employment is indeed more […]

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European Freelancers Week is Open for Registration

14/08/2017 |
European Freelancers Week is Open for Registration

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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Five Criteria to Define Freelancers in the Revised European SME Definition

13/06/2017 |
Five Criteria to Define Freelancers in the Revised European SME Definition

The European Commission has called to revise the European SME Definition in a recent Inception Impact Assessment. The original definition dates back to 2003 and has been widely adopted throughout the EU as an important tool to determine whether enterprises fall within the scope of certain legislation and to provide legal certainty. This is a […]

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Four Ways Freelancers Can Contribute to Rural Development

30/03/2017 |
Four Ways Freelancers Can Contribute to Rural Development

Freelancing gives you freedom. Typically, freedom to work from wherever you choose. But is it also fulfilling its promise of bringing more and better quality of work to rural areas? European regions are experiencing a new wave of independent working and the trend is growing. Coworking spaces have sprung up in towns across the continent […]

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Can the social dialogue be replaced by an algorithm?

24/02/2017 |
Can the social dialogue be replaced by an algorithm?

The social dialogue is the process whereby social partners (trade unions and employer organisations) negotiate, often in collaboration with the government, labour market policies. It is a widespread procedure to develop employment legislation in the European Union. Data Driven Social Dialogue No one has ever discussed a topic which popped out of mind and which I've called […]

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Why Self-Employment Needs Nurturing, and not Protection

07/02/2017 |
Why Self-Employment Needs Nurturing, and not Protection

The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of a stronger European Pillar of Social Rights, including labour protections for all workers, “regardless of the type of contract or employment relationship.” This is simply unrealistic and can backfire. The report suggests full-time contracts should remain the norm, and on-demand platforms should guarantee certain core working hours to all […]

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