Every month, the second point on my goal-list is to write a blog post and send a newsletter. You will be quick to note this never has been done. Client work always gets the priority. But it should not, not always.
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.
A year ago Xavier contacted me to launch the Swiss Tech Talks in Basel. I saw it as a great opportunity to meet new people in a new city but I didn’t really forecast the workload which would be linked to it. Anyway, it was great fun and there will definitively be a Season Two!
Only 2 talks were held this season. 3 had been planned but I had to cancel one. I guess these are the “problème de jeunesse” which you should expect when creating something new. Let’s try to improve for next year.
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.
You really though 2 steps were enough?! Ok, that wasn’t funny… Everyone who had to do this job knows how painful it can be. There aren’t that many available flats in Swiss cities. The Swiss federal administration reported around 0.5% of free vacant houses in Basel (June 2014). I found a number for Amsterdam: over 3%! I do not know if they count exactly the same way, but it gives you an idea.
I was looking for an apartment in Switzerland and I wanted to share the tips I found. Of course, if you have ideas, you are also very welcome to share them. We visited 35 apartments until we found the right one.
Are you looking for a place to base your startup? Or are you a freelancer looking for coworking spaces in Basel because you are sick of your home office? I have gathered a couple of places that might suit your needs. I did not try them out all, yet.
 I’m regularly updating this post, so if you open a new spot, send me a mail.
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.
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”