Welcome to the LifeWork Blog
We’ve done well to get so far so smoothly, but this month the speed bumps were upon us. Through family emergencies and out of the blue Upwork contract cancellations, we are two weeks behind. Time to accept these things as a part of startup life, learn from them to improve our planning, and breathe easy knowing that Stefan has it all under control.
Following their well-received talk at the Art Linx conference in June, David joined Kelly Bennet in the studio to record a similar conversation for her Art Pro Net Podcast .
This month Stefan and I have been racing. Him to build the platform to a point we can test it with our freelance network. Me to increase the number of freelancers we have that are excited to test it. We both won. We have 200 freelancers interested in using the platform that is now hosted and in user-testing mode. So we’re feeling good!
We’ve been a little quiet recently. So this is less of a monthly update and more of a ‘LifeWork refresh’ announcement.
Introducing Stefan Wrobel as co-founder and CTO!
Beta-launch scheduled for mid-August, fundraising mid-September
Our commitment to transparency
And much more!
You spend hours managing your freelance business. You diligently track your time. You send contracts and invoices to your clients on time, no matter how many projects you are juggling. You do all of this despite being a graphic designer/writer/software developer. You have minimal business training yet do everything necessary to run a successful business.
Bad clients don’t pay because they know they can get away with it. Let’s change that.
Recently our co-founder David joined the Sliding Doors podcast with hosts Eric and Naomi. He talked about the inspiration for founding LifeWork, and the mission to make remote freelancing a sustainable career choice. Hear about David’s family history of freelance work, and the difficulties he faced managing clients, projects and payment when he was starting out. You can listen to the episode here, or read through the transcript below.
I just returned to normal life. The seven weeks before that I travelled to five countries in four continents.
I’m not about to spend 1,000 preaching the benefits of taking such a trip. I really hope that’s obvious. Here’s 50 words in case you’re unsure:
I improved my relationships with my partner, family and friends. I had multiple flashes of inspiration for my startup. I read more than I had done in the previous year. I completely recharged my batteries. I broadened my perspectives. I took some incredible photos. I gained so many treasured memories.
Life-changing isn’t an overstatement.
But I expected that. Here’s what I actually learned.
The way we work is changing. There are debates over how fast it’s changing but there is general consensus that things are changing. Very few of us will be working 9–5 for the same, single employer for most of our careers in 20 years’ time. I believe that this shift in the nature of work has far reaching implications. Arguably the biggest of these is what will happen to the social safety net. As we shift from a one-to-one to many-to-many relationship between organization and worker, the government no longer becomes the best organization to provide social security to this portion of the workforce.
In America, productivity growth has been falling since 2004. It dropped below zero in 2016.This is despite digital technology becoming mainstream, apparently making us all more productive. This paradox has sparked a huge debate among economists. Nobody knows why productivity is falling. As the economy becomes more service based, productivity becomes more closely tied to GDP. We should feel worried.
There are many theories as to why this has happened. Some include: lack of investment by private companies, retirement of highly-skilled baby boomers, digital technology not being that great, or just a failure to measure effectively. We don’t know. When that happens, I find it helpful to return to first principles.