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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Swiss Tech Talks Basel – Season 1 is over

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.

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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.

Last year

During the last months I’ve worked on a couple of projects I can’t show for now. But I did some consulting on brand positioning and designed a corporate identity for a consultant. I gave private coaching on Audio Editing softwares. I built two websites. I wrote a report on the Digital Presence of the Swiss Theaters. I’ve worked on a documentary. I’m currently updating my portfolio, make sure to check it regularly, new stuff will be added soon.

Also, during the autumn I volunteered as a photographer for a very exiting event in Bern.

While setting the foundations of my own company I explored my new city: Basel. I still feel like an expat here but it feels more and more like home.

Next year

2016 will be the year of coworking for me, since this January I’m a “flexible desk worker” of the Start Academy in Basel. It’s gooood to leave house for another environment. I hope to explore other coworking space this year. I will try to post some reviews.

In March, we will hold the first Swiss Tech Talk in Basel. If you are around make sure to attend and send all your friends. We hope also to start some one-to-one coaching for entrepreneurs too. I’ll keep you posted on this.

Work wise 2016 has started pretty great so far. I hope this will continue like this. Thanks for your trust and interest.

Finally here are some pictures of my new hometown.

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How to find an apartment in Basel… in 2 easy steps!

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.

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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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