Clubhouse 👋 — A buzzy, invite-only audio, social media app.
A new type of social product based on voice [that] allows people everywhere to talk, tell stories, develop ideas, deepen friendships, and meet interesting new people around the world.
In May 2020, it was valued at $100 million in beta despite having just 1,500 users. By December, it had 600,000 users. A cross between an audio version of Twitter threads, live podcasts and a party — the next step up for podcasts.
I’ve been on it every day this week and loving it. It’s fun, vibrant and organic — I learn something new every time I tune in. They’ve hosted events on the tech exodus from Silicon Valley, Covid-19 and the gut, a beginner’s guide to Cryptocurrency, the pros & cons of 5G, & live performance of Antigone. …
Could we build a country on the internet?
Sondre Rasch, CEO, SafetyWing spoke about this at Digital Nomad Summit 2020 and has just launched Plumia, an unrecognised country on the internet. Their core product is global health insurance — a ‘social safety net’ for remote workers but their long-term mission is building a digital country as a membership product.
A fast-moving and software capable, technology-startup that is build from the bottom up like a company selling products.
I’m not sure if a private company is best placed to do this but then someone has to build it, and that’s probably going to be a tech startup with a global workforce. They have the education and motivation to do it. They can create a portal, start the movement and bring others on board. …
It’s been a Covid Xmas — I’m in recovery. Julieta tested positive at the hotel just before her flight to Italy and then tier 4 came in so flights from the UK were cancelled anyway. We came home for 10 days of self-isolation. Covid knocked me out — headaches, fatigue, loss of taste and smell, brain fog. But no cough or breathing problems thankfully, I just needed to rest. It feels good to be on the other side and let go of my anxiety about catching it and whether to have the mix-match vaccine (no thanks!) …
In December, I do my annual review and create a roadmap for the year ahead. I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I find this process helpful for planning and setting goals. When you’re freelance, you don’t have a linear career, pay rises and performance reviews (they don’t work anyway) so this is a good habit to get into. It’s more fun and will make you feel excited, energised, and in charge of your career.
Given the year we’ve had it feels more relevant now than ever — and it’s an opportunity to build on all the good habits you’ve created during the pandemic and…
The NUJ has published a freelance charter as part of its #FairDeal4Freelances campaign.
It calls for:
1/ Trade union collective bargaining to improve T&Cs for freelancers side by side with staff.
2/ Fair written contracts for asserting your rights.
3/ Respect for their creators’ rights and unwaivable moral rights.
4/ Equal rights with employees: sick pay, maternity, paternity and parental leave, unemployment benefit, full access to benefits.
5/ Choice over how you freelance and are taxed, with an end to advance tax payments.
6/ Work free from pressure to operate on a PAYE basis or through umbrella companies.
7/ Equal health & safety protections including training & insurances. …
This year’s Black Friday is expected to be the busiest on record because of Covid-19 and early discounts. 2020 has seen a 74% surge in online shopping as a result of global lockdowns. 45% of adults received more parcels during lockdown than ever before. Some sectors are booming — electronics, health & fitness, while others are struggling — fast-fashion retailers — Boohoo is offering up to 90% discounts. Work clothes have gone out of the window — I’ve been living in my gym gear since March.
So far, I’ve bought two online courses from Udemy for £9.99 each and spent a gift card I’ve been saving since the summer. I have a fake Xmas tree this year for the first time — my ‘realistic’ Narnia tree that should last 10–15 years. I had a chat with our postie who said he can’t believe the amount of landfill. …
I had to set up a limited company last year for a new contract role via an agency. My tax status only came up after I’d done the interview, a written test, and been offered the role. My agent said, “oh, we don’t work with sole traders.”It was a chunky project — a six-month contract to write a book for a big brand and they were happy to pay my day rate, so I went for it. I set up a limited company via Companies House — fast, no-nonsense, and costs £12. …
Hi, 🙋🏻♀️ I’m Nicci — welcome to The Shift, an online publication on work culture, creativity + tech trends.
The global pandemic has forced companies to change how they do business, speeding up existing trends in remote working, tech/AI and changing employer-employee relations. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in April:
We’ve already seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.
Many companies have adapted quickly to the new world of work, but the speed of the transition has exposed limitations around skill sets, agile working, trust, and business models. We’re now facing a tsunami of job losses. How can companies adapt to new ways of working that are still unfolding? Will government policy support the changes? How will AI and digital transformation change how we work and live? …
November’s NUJ meeting was on surviving and thriving as a freelancer — tips on finding new work and diversifying with trainers Louise Bolotin and Steve Mathieson. Steve works as a freelancer mainly on tech and government — both growth areas and runs data journalism and freelance courses. He’s had steady work during lockdown and has taught himself how to teach online.
In some ways, the world has been catching up with how many freelancers work, and arguably that has given us a head start. We are often used to working remotely.
Louise has worked for BBC Radio Manchester and launched a local news site. She now works as a sub-editor mostly, doing commercial editing work. She was laid off from her local paper just before lockdown and lost her commercial work, so was left with nothing. She’s busy trying to bring work back and has invested in a new website, logo and training. …
Office workers have been catapulted into the biggest ever remote working experiment during the global pandemic. How are employees adapting to the new normal of working from home full time — and how can we fine-tune our workstyle to avoid a new phenomenon: Death by Conference Call?
New research reveals productivity, happiness and office culture are booming with the shape of the office set to change forever: