Solo-Entrepreneurship in Europe

In 2017, collaborative economy companies are expected to both strengthen their market position, by for instance extending into other sectors, but also deal with existing and growing regulatory problems. One area where we will see more regulatory oversight is misclassification (employee vs self-employed) and an increase in health, safety and tax collection enforcement. Less Laissez-Faire… » read more

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What is the Problem? The issue of false (also called bogus) self-employment has jumped in the forefront of debate among European policy makers, and is included as a priority of the new EU Platform to Tackle Undeclared Work. Concerns have emerged about the potential exploitation of low-paid, low-skilled vulnerable self-employed workers, mostly those operating in… » read more

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Freelancers’ Need for Training Unlike entrepreneurs who reply on a big idea, perhaps one that will change the world, freelancers’ primary value rests on their skills. Clients hire them for their skill-set, and it is their task to deliver an assignment based on their talent. Freelance professionals provide specialist expertise to fill widening skills gaps… » read more

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Infrastructures: The Stepping Stone to Collaboration Self-employed professionals and freelancers naturally take a collaborative approach to building their businesses. Over 9 out of 10 have interacted with other freelancers, citing factors like business advice, networking, and emotional support among the reasons they connect with others in the community. However, without physical infrastructures such as coworking… » read more

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Think Outside the Boss Back in April I have spoken with Caterina, a 32 years old independent translator and interpreter from Portugal. Here is what she told me: “As an independent conference interpreter specialised in the chemical industry, I often look around to win procurement contracts in different European countries. I live in Portugal, my… » read more

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