Factofly freelance fuel


Welcome to this week's edition of Freelance Fuel, where, as always, we share curated content that can hopefully inspire your business, or be the starting point to get started.

Today we look at The eReol, your best friend for full focus, 99 years of wisdom from Charlie Munger, a friendly nudge to raise your prices, and 2023 wrapped freelancing style.

Let's get started.

/Jannik from Factofly

📚 Free reading

free reading at ereolen

The libraries do not exactly spoil us with nice branding and a flexible user experience.

But what they lack in expression, they deliver in content, and you can use the library's app, eReolen, to read or listen to books absolutely free. You can borrow 5 books per month.

5 books we can recommend you start with:

  1. Think Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill
  2. Everything is indecipherable (2022) by Marie Forleo
  3. 3 good things (2019) by Mikael Kamber
  4. The Art of Being F@*cking Indifferent (2018) by Mark Manson
  5. Rich Dad Poor Dad (1997) by Robert T. Kiyosaki

👨‍💻 A friend for the eternal skipping actions


You've tried the pomodoro technique, time blocking, gray scale mode on the phone, the Eisenhower matrix, one sec, and all other things to help you stay focused.

But without luck!

👋 If you (also) are the one born procrastinator, then give Focusmate one shot.

The idea is simple: you are matched with another random user, and choose whether you want to work for 25, 50 or 75 minutes. You each say what you need to work on and what you expect to have finished after your session.

Then you mute the microphone and leave the video on.

It's an incredibly simple approach, but helps you be accountable to others besides yourself.

Especially if you work alone a lot, it can be a nice break.

You can get three free sessions per week, otherwise Focusmate costs £$7 to £$10 per month.

💸 Price increase

Price increase

We are fast approaching a new year, and with it also a good opportunity to give your prices a second look. 

If it's been (God forbid) more than 12 months since you last adjusted your rates, it's time to add a few percent.

As always: do it in good time, have your arguments in place and be ready to lose some customers in the process.

Read e.g. this and this article that can help you a little along the way.

🎉 2023 wrapped

factofly 2023 wrapped

🦉 99 years of wisdom from Charlie Munger

“Warren, if people weren't so often wrong we wouldn't be so rich.” 

This week we said goodbye to Warren Buffet's right-hand man, Charlie Munger, who checked out at the modest age of 99.

Charlie Munger was a guarantee of sharp commentary, and whether he's new or old on your radar, I can only recommend the interview with him here.

(If you are in the more lol'ed corner, you can find five minutes of rapping remarks with Charlie here.)

🪔 Holy momentum


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