Working on your own is a lot of things to a lot of people. And yes, there are definitely days that make you want to just drop a 10 dollar bill in the swear jar and go to town. But let’s look at the bright side of your chosen lifestyle with five F-words you can use in front of your Mom. These are the Five F-Words of Independent Work.5. Family and FriendsYeah, yeah, it’s two words, TECHNICALLY. But anyway…Remember those people in the pictures on your desk? The ones you sometimes see on the weekends – yes, THOSE people.As a freelancer, you’re setting your own schedule now, which means more time for everything from a sit-down dinner or soccer practice to long weekends away or girls’ night out. Of all the benefits to independent work, seeing more of your loved ones is one of the best.4. FreedomYep. You’re free. Free to treat Monday like a Friday. Free of the hours your boss decides you’ll work, and of course, free to work over at the coffee shop for the day if you feel like it.You’re also free to explore your passion and take on the projects you want, because you’re in the driver’s seat. But if you’re new to the independent lifestyle, don’t be surprised if you sometimes feel like you just got your license.3. FrustrationLike any endeavor, as an independent, you’ll learn some lessons the hard way, whether it’s how to write a contract so you get paid on time, not to trust a handshake, or how even if you do the best job possible, your client may not call you for a second project.The real trick is to learn from these setbacks, not repeat them. In the end, your freedom is worth it.2. Financial IndependenceWell, this one depends on your point of view. Sure, you can now set your own rates, your own hours, and the sky’s the limit.At the same time, you’ll see dry spells and rough patches. So make sure you’re consulting with a financial professional to ensure that you’ve got enough tucked away for those not-so-sunny days.1. FutureNo, really. According to even the most conservative estimates, we’re well on our way to seeing over 40 million independent workers in the U.S. in the not-so-distant future. 40. MILLION. (If you didn’t say that last part in a “Dr. Evil” voice, we can’t be friends anymore.)So, you’re part of the future. The independent workforce. And that’s something to be proud of.So, those are your 5 F-words. Remember them. Remind yourself of them. Then, get out there and F some stuff up.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.
Germany were struck by the curse of the champions as they crashed out of FIFA World Cup 2018 after a humiliating 0-2 defeat to South Korea at Kazan in their final Group F match.This is the third successive World Cup where the defending champions crashed out in the first round. In 2010, Italy were knocked out in the group stages while Spain bowed out of the group stages in 2014.In the final frantic minutes in front of 41,835 flabbergasted fans, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loew’s Germany side with two stoppage-time goals to condemn them to finishing bottom of the group on three points.The Germans, who have won four World Cups and finished runners-up four times, entered this year’s tournament heavily backed to retain their title.Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSLoew struggled to explain it.”I cannot say why this was for us,” he told reporters. “It was a bit of overconfidence ahead of Mexico – that we can press the button and win.”It turned sour. I must take responsibility for this. The entire German football lost, the team lost. A lot of things we built up since 2006, always at least (a) semi-final. We have to apologise for that.”The South Koreans, who had no idea of the score in the other match, rejoiced as if having won the tournament, while 11 German players hoped the ground would swallow them.advertisementSweden won the group after thrashing Mexico 3-0 to also deny South Korea a spot in the knockout stages.Once the Swedes had taken the lead in their concurrent match, the equation grew grim for Germany.Loew sprung changes after the break, bringing on Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller, who was dropped from the starting side, but a collective paralysis seemed to have taken hold.FREE HEADEROffered a free header from close in with minutes left on the clock, Mats Hummels missed the ball completely, a perfect snapshot of an afternoon of serial ineffectiveness going forward.”We believed until the end even with the 0-1 (deficit) we tried to turn it but we could not score,” said Hummels, after Germany became the tournament’s third champions in succession to go out at the group stage.”We had a lot of chances, even me I should have scored in the 87th (minute).”Today it was not easy but, yes, no team could get through easily.”Toni Kroos, the hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side in the second half but was denied by South Korea’s Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.”We were playing for the Korean people,” said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.”It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and thats why some of us cried.”Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and poked the ball home from close range.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE The goal was ruled out offside on field but confirmed by use of the Video Assistant Referee.South Korean celebrations went up another notch when Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, and with Germany’s captain and keeper Manuel Neuer having gone upfield to try to help his side score, the Tottenham forward fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.”We need to congratulate our opponents,” Loew said.”We didnt deserve to win the title again, we didnt deserve to get into the last 16. We wanted to win but we didnt have what it takes.”The four-time winners, who had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round since 1938, were a shadow of their once dominant selves, managing only two goals in their three group games.Before today, the Germans had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round in 80 years, had a scrappy first half and almost gifted Korea a goal when keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but recovered to slap the ball away.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany needed was to score one goal to get ahead of Mexico and consolidate a last-16 berth. But there was none of that late magic from Toni Kroos.advertisement It was a miserable afternoon for German fans who saw their World Cup dreams slip away. Sweden finished group toppers while Mexico finished second.Remarkably, Korean hopes of reaching the round of 16 were still alive despite losses in their first two matches – they had to beat Germany by two goals and hoped Mexico would beat Sweden.At the end of the day, while South Korea did win by two goals, Sweden were just too good for the Mexicans.(With inputs from Reuters)