Book Review The Freelance Way by Robert Vlach

Title: The Freelance Way: Best Business Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Freelancers

Author: Robert Vlach

Format: Kindle

Published By: Harper Business

ASIN & Edition: B09PZGJ4X7 & 1st

Genre: Non-fiction

No.of pages: 458

Rating: 3/5

About the Book:

The Freelance Way by Robert Vlach
The Freelance Way by Robert Vlach

The Freelance Way is THE business book for independent professionals. It presents the best available and fully up-to-date freelance know-how, compiled from hundreds of quality sources, including surveys, the latest market data, advice from world-class experts, as well as real-life experiences and stories from hundreds of professionals in different fields and countries, which makes the book highly relevant to freelancers worldwide.

The contents of this volume cover all the basics and best practices for beginning freelancers and advanced career strategies and tools for freelance veterans. There are practical tips for greater productivity, successful teamwork, smart pricing, powerful business negotiations, bulletproof personal finance, effective marketing, and much more.

About the Author:

Robert Vlach is a senior business consultant specializing in supporting independent professionals and business owners. In 2005, he founded one of the largest national freelance communities in Europe, which is currently being expanded into Freelancing.eu. In 2012, he founded Europe’s first think-tank for freelancers, which meets regularly in Prague and other cities. He has been holding freelancing courses for more than a decade and has consulted on over 300 business cases with individuals, startups, and companies.

Book Review:

According to the Merriam Webster website, the word freelance is a verb that refers to pursuing a career without making a long-term commitment to one employer. Usually, people who freelance are self-employed; they decide who they’ll work for and for how long. You could call them corporate mercenaries, working for the highest bidder—and if you did so, you wouldn’t be too far from the word’s original meaning.

A gig economy is a free market system in which temporary positions are common and organizations hire independent workers for short-term commitments. The term “gig” is a slang word for a job that lasts a specified time; it is typically used by musicians. Examples of gig employees in the workforce could include freelancers, independent contractors, project-based workers, and temporary or part-time hires.

The gig workers include temporary workers, independent contractors, online platform workers, contract firm workers, and on-call workers. However, the good part is that an estimated 56% of new employment is generated by the gig world. Delivery boys, cleaners, consultants, bloggers, etc., are part of the gig economy. Uber, Ola, Zomato, etc., are all part of this labor platform. As the work is job-specific, workers have the flexibility to work for more than one contractor and choose the hours of work. This has encouraged women in labor force participation.

The first chapter of the book The Freelance Way by Robert Vlach, titled Business, explains the freelance market, economy, and its rise of it. The second chapter focuses on the life of a freelancer and the professional elements attached to it. There are misconceptions about a freelancer ob and working styles.

This chapter explains the in and out of the freelancer’s professional life. The third chapter focuses mainly on how to run the business, the importance of teaming up, negotiations with clients, pricing, usage of social media, blogs and websites, and self-promotion techniques. With easy and accessible language, real-time examples, facts, charts, and figures, author Robert Vlach’s book – The Freelance Way is an amazing book with a detailed view of Freelancing and situations that freelancers are faced with.

The immense research behind each and every sentence naming resources and real examples is interesting. The book is recommended to all those who wish to choose their career as freelancers!

Conclusion

In this book by Robert Vlach, the contents comprise the compiled data, advice from world-class experts, basics and best practices for beginning freelancers, as well as career strategies and tools for veterans in the field. The book explains concepts related to productivity, teamwork, smart pricing, business negotiations, personal finance, and marketing in detail.

The Freelance Way by Robert Vlach is thus, a must-read for all those who are freelancers and the ones who are planning to start their freelancing journey.

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