Freelancing: start of season #2

Hey, Bonjour, Salü zäme! Long time no see! The summer is always a busy time… away from the screen. And that’s good.

One year as a freelancer

The first year of my odyssey (!!!) as a freelancer is now over. A quick look over the shoulder helps to see where you’ve come from. And can give you hints and indications for the direction you should be heading.

  • The business didn’t grow as fast as I planned, but it is heading in the right direction.
  • Volunteers work for Museomix and the Swiss Tech Association is time-consuming, but it is defenitively worth it. #Fun #Networking.
  • Nothing is easy nor fast, but perseverance and hard work pay off.

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The Lonely Entrepreneur

Building your company is great. Well… not always. Specially if you are building your enterprise from the ground up and alone. No one is there to tell you what to do. No one to listen to your struggles.

“What about friends and partner?” you will ask. They are of great help. They will support as much as they can. But when they are not entrepreneurs themselves they can’t fully understand your daily struggles. But that is totally ok, and normal.

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Good start

Hi, I wish you all a great start in this new year!

It’s been already five months since I’ve started to work as a freelancer. And as you hear it all the time, starting your own company is a bumpy road! I thought I knew what I had signed up for. But guess what => it was harder than expected.

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I’m eating lakerli all day long

Lately we (the girl and I) were busy looking for an apartment in Switzerland. And after visiting 35 of them, we found it… So after 2 years in Amsterdam I do now live in Basel: the home of the very dry but sweet (and good) Basler lakerlis (<- I wish this was a sponsored link).

In preparation for the move, I also went paperless in a day. Getting rid of all that paper was a nice move. I feel a bit lighter.

Earlier this year, I got interviewed by the guys from Brands Up, they made a little interview about my blogging habit. It’s all in French but hey! Google Translate does a good job.

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mikro defio : get (mikro) challenged, daily

I had this little side-project on my bucket list for quite some while already. As far as I remember the first time this idea popped up was on a beach in the south of Sri Lanka. In 2012… But I never took the time to build it.

Tadam! Here is mikro defio.

A site that will (mikro) challenge you every single day of the year, of your life, of the universe. Each morning at 8am, a new challenge is shared. Now it is up to you to decide if you accept it or not.

Get (mikro) challenged now ! (website offline)

Note: the whole thing is still in work-in-progress. Please send me all your suggestions (website offline). They are very welcome.

Doei Doei Amsterdam!

After almost 2 years living and working in Amsterdam it is now time for a change. As of July we (I & the Girl) will move to Basel in Switzerland. Exchanging Pannekoeken for Basler Lakerli, Dutch for SwitzerDutch (sounds almost the same) and Kings Days for Carnaval.

For those who don’t know Basel: This city is the paradise of Pharma Industry (!), dry sweets (!!) and Vitra chairs (!!!). Don’t worry, from July on I will share pictures.

If you have any contacts in Basel: they are more than welcome. For us is Basel almost like a new country.

PS: “Doei doei” means “Bye Bye”

A litte retrospective in pictures

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Monthly auto-assessment technique

Since last year, for my work I actively started using the Scrum methodology. This technique comes along with several “events” (planning, stand-up, etc..). In a Scrum team the retrospective is the moment when you look back at the work you’ve done in the last sprint (1-2 weeks) and make a short evaluation. By doing this often, you will enable the team to express their challenges and in the end work better.

During the retrospective the team will answer 3 simple questions:

  • What went well?
  • What went bad?
  • What to improve?

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Bitterballen - Creative Commons Flickr User davidkosmos

Awesome things we have in Amsterdam

No, the Amsterdammers don’t have Fondue, Mountains nor Heidi. But they have some other awesome things we should get inspired with. Have you ever heard of Bitterballen?

REAL Bike lanes

Come on Switzerland, you can do better. Of course, it will be impossible to beat Amsterdam. But still you can improve. Almost every street has it’s bike lane,  mostly separate from the road. Just great. If you plan to travel around the Netherlands you should try the Fiets Route Planner. A great tool which lets you find the best routes (race, nature, chill).

Canals

These a great for rowing, ice-skating and borrels (apéros). This might be a bit tricky to build in Lausanne, but you have that awesome lake. I guest the lake wins, I would definitively not go for a swim in those canals. Even if princess Maxima (!!!) did it.

Free Ferries

FREE public transportation, this is awesome! Cross the IJ by day and night without a penny. You will find them just behind the central train station – More information here. Are there any place in Switzerland where you can find free public transportation? I can’t think of any.

The Museumkart

One card to rule them all. Visit virtually any museum in the Netherlands for free. Yeah, actually you’ll have to pay 55 euros first. Beat that Switzerland and your Federalism. Get yours on their horrible website. If you are living here it is worth it. After 2 month we already “amortized” them.

Songwaiter

The jukebox for iphone! Via you iphone you can choose the music that should be played in the bar. This is a great idea even if old jukeboxes look so much better than your new iphone C. But with the jukebox, you can’t do this.

Bakfiets

A wheelbarrow for you child, actually for your 6 children. Only possible in this flat land. Try riding down le “petit chène” in Lausanne with this. This is a Bakfiets

Bitterballen

Most awesome food ever invented by humanity! Yeah, at least by the Dutch. They are usually not so much of big chefs you know… But if you come to the Netherlands, you have to try this. Fried, deeeeep fried… stuff. No idea what they put inside, but it’s served with mustard. Yummy.

There are also thing that should stay in the Netherlands like Broodbeleg for example