Robert Vlach: Freelancing is the simplest approach to doing business

(Interview) Robert Vlach explains in his best-selling book The Freelance Way why freelancing is easier than other ways of doing business: “You don’t need an artificial brand and the capital needs are very low, but there’s a catch.”

You had the opportunity to compare the state of freelancing in various countries. Are there any major differences between them in terms of recommended business know-how?

If the business essentials are universal, what are some of the major differences between countries in other aspects?

You wrote in The Freelance Way that freelancing is the simplest kind of business out there, but only in a relative sense. Why?

Who is a typical freelancer?

What are the main reasons for people to stop freelancing?

Facing uncertainty surely isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Are younger people any different in this regard?

How important is self-development in growing a personal business? How popular is it among freelancers?

You dedicated a full chapter to personal productivity in your book. How to tackle it?

You have mentioned that financial self-management represents a risk for freelancers. How far do freelancers go in preventing it? And what would you recommend?

Incomes can be also improved by working for international clients. What are the recommended steps to do so?

The Freelance Way seems to be your ticket to the international scene. What are your plans for it?

This is an expanded version of an interview for E15 magazine by Jana Poncarova, a freelance journalist and best-selling author of several books, all related to women and their destinies in the 20th century and the modern era.

Robert Vlach is a senior business consultant, specialized in supporting independent professionals and business owners. In 2005, he founded one of the largest national freelance communities in Europe that is now being expanded into 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. His book about freelancing became an instant national bestseller and is now being sold worldwide as The Freelance Way. Robert lives with his family in the Czech Republic and Spain.

Czech author, copywriter and journalist. Writing is an adventure. The best way how to become a writer is to write. I am excited to share my experience with you.

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