It's a wrap! July

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If someone would have told me three years ago I’d one day go on a business trip to Iceland, I’d have thought they were joking. But now, almost three years after going freelance, what I thought would be impossible became a reality. This past month, I started working with Anitar, Inc., an Icelandic startup that focuses on revolutionizing horse tech, to help them launch a Kickstarter project

Now, and given I said I’d prefer to take a break from working on Kickstarter projects to focus on marketing hotels and restaurants, this project was truly quite unexpected. Honestly, Karl Már, the founder of Anitar, pretty much bribed me with the idea of working with horses for two months. 

The beginning of the month was busy through and through, and although I finally managed to publish Work Trips and Road Trips, a book about working mindfully and also taking breaks as a freelancer, I must confess that I worked 24/7 and on several weekends to make everything happen that piled up on my to-do list. But sometimes, and even when you’re trying to avoid such moments, they still might sneak in. 

As you can image, the proudest moment of the month is that Work Trips and Road Trips is finally out and available on Amazon! Jamie Milnes and I have also finished the copy for the website of his agency, Double Underscore, and I also handed off the copy for the Go Global Outsourcing, Llc. website for Jamie to continue working on the design with the lovely Go Global team. Also, one of my articles on how to take a vacation as a freelancer was published on the Freelancer Union. A milestone! I’ve also been working on the Skillshare class about how to structure a website if you’re a freelancer. I started working on this class to help myself structure my own websites, however, I still haven’t managed to come very far with them. Planned release, nevertheless, is in September. Wish me luck! 

At the beginning of September, I’ll be at Reasons.to in Brighton, then a wedding in Italy, and after that, I’d like to start working with companies from the hospitality industry. If you know of someone who knows of someone in that sector and you know they need help with marketing, please connect me! Thank you! 

Are you still looking for the right book to take with you on your vacation? Look no further!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073TJL3S2/ref=sr_1_2

Just a quick heads up, Work Trips and Road Trips is now available on Amazon!

If you’re wondering what book to bring along for your vacation, this might be the perfect read. It’s, once again, 15  personal interviews and a great bunch of tips and tricks. I’ve talked to the ladies quite a bit about finances too, so if you’re wondering how others are managing their money to be able to go on vacation, Work Trips and Road Trips might have the answers for you!

You can get the book here

My everyday struggle with money

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Do you also feel like you have no idea how to grow and invest money or what to do with your savings?

(Or is it just me who really has no plan?)

The year before I turned 30 (two years ago), I realized I had no idea how to handle money. I’ve always had an idea of how to earn money, but besides spending it on food and travel, I can’t say I knew what else to do with it. The one thing that’s changed over time now that I’m over 30, I feel bad for not having a plan. An everyday struggle of faking it as an adult. I get it.

After I finished writing This Year Will Be Different, the book that helped me (and many of you) go freelance, I decided to write another one about investing, to solve my own problem once again.

I began my research phase. I bought books about finance and I researched people I could interview. I did everything I had done when working on #TYWBD. But there was one difference. The more I read about finances, the less I felt like I had access to the scene. Money felt like it existed and there was a market around it, but it was a market I had no access to, nor did I understand how to gain it.

My plan to publish a finance book failed. Now, two years later, a dear friend of mine introduced me to Mike Katzmann, a financial advisor. In my mind, his hands were up in the air when he was telling me, but it went something like this: “I met a guy who you must meet! You’ll have the best time together and I can see great things ahead when you two join forces. You’ll get along splendidly!”

We did. We laughed for two hours on Skype and started a shared document to collect ideas for a finance book for freelancers, for you, and as always, for me.

As you know, I usually interview people I find inspiring and then I adapt the content based on what they say. This time around, it’s a bit different. I interview you (yes, you!) and then drill Mike until I get an answer I understand myself so that we can make a book together we’ll all love!

I want to know your struggles, your insecurities, your questions. I want to know what you want to get out of this book. I want to know what answers you finally want! I know mine, but I also want to know yours.

Mike and I want to produce the most accessible finance book there is. He knows what he’s talking about and I’m responsible for making sure it’s another book that motivates, inspires, and gives you (and me) the right kick in the butt to take action.

Please reply to this message or send me an email to hello@mkanokova.com and tell me what we need to include and what you want to know more about! Let’s make this together!

 

* * The finance book I was planning didn’t happen back then, but my research still flourished. Before you have money to invest, you have time to invest, and that’s pretty much the concept of My Creative (Side) Business.

* * * Work Trips and Road Trips will be available in three weeks the very latest.

It’s a wrap! June

Let’s start with the most unexpected news: I got a dog. The fun back story is I decided to finally get a dog after reading The 4-Hour Work Week in Bali. I love dogs. I’ve always had dogs and I really love how having a dog impacts your everyday life. You become much more approachable to the people around you. A dog simply breaks away the social barriers. You also feel much more present, like you really notice the seasons and how time passes. I love that.  

I figured if Tim Ferriss can have a dog, I should also manage to have one. Even people with dogs travel. With or without them. Of course, I know how everyone always says you won’t be able to travel anymore, but I think it’s more a question of how you handle the fact you have a dog and still need to go away. I’ll just need to socialize her properly and go to puppy school. That’s at least the plan for now.

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June has been an extraordinarily busy month. I feel like I’ve worked on way too many projects and because I’ve been busy doing so many things simultaneously, I’ve also not managed to finalize anything.

I’m currently working on projects with Christiane Wallner-Haas, the team at Go Global, Greta Gotlieb, Jamie Milnes, Karl Mar Larusson, Mike Lanner, Mike Katzmann, and Sarah Halbeisen.  

I’m fully booked throughout the beginning of September and as you know, I’m currently rebranding my business. If you know of any hotels or restaurants that would like to try be more experimental with their marketing, please let me know!

It's a wrap! May

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May felt like a transition month. Having finalized my involvement with Kickstarter after two years and coming back from an extensive vacation, May was the month I needed to decide what to do next.

Given I studied interior architecture but spent most of the past couple of years working in the digital communication field, I’ve decided it’s time to combine these two and rebrand accordingly.

My plan is to focus on clients from the hospitality industry and work with hotels, cafés, restaurants, and other physical spaces to help them shape their customer experience. I want to help these clients understand how to best use social media, which means I’m planning to get involved with the interior design, help them plan exciting events and retreats, and shape the overall customer experience in order to build a loyal community and customer base.  

Simultaneously, and in celebration of having a third book, Work Trips and Road Trips, coming out soon, I’m working on a community platform, which you’ll soon find under http://wearesmartcreatives.com.

My own website, this website, will become a personal landing page.  

I’m currently rebuilding my entire web presence and – you guessed it – building three new websites simultaneously. If you know of someone from the hospitality field who might need help with their communication, or if you know someone’s planning to open a café, a restaurant, or a hotel soon and wants to refresh their offering, please direct them to me.

I also started working with a global field sales team that works with clients in the hospitality field to help with their digital messaging. Additionally, given I also like to work with socially-minded projects, I’ve rewritten the German texts for Ruby Cup’s website, which is launching soon!

I'm booked throughout the summer but happy to take on new clients from September on! 

 

#WTART Update 13: Super exciting, super good news!

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I just finished reviewing the manuscript within its final layout! Once Chris implements my comments, Diana will make the final check. We’re so very close to printing the proof copies! 

Regarding the cover, we have four possible color combinations; a combination of blue and green or peachy orange. I’ve decided to make the final decision once I'm holding the manuscripts in my hands. 

Just last week, we’ve finally received the blurbs for the back of the book. I’m super proud and super excited the power women Annie Daly, Emma Gannon, Kathi Kamleitner, and Katy Cowan share what they thought about the book with us! (Don’t forget to check out their incredible work.) 

Here's what they said: 

"A must-read for all freelancers with a serious case of wanderlust who want, more than anything else, to create a life they never feel the need to escape from." 

Annie Daly

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"This book is not a fairy tale story or a book of inspirational quotes; it is full of solid advice that you will keep with you throughout the rest of your career."

Emma Gannon

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"A creative inspiration, thoughtful reminder, and encouraging guidance all in one. Monika gets you thinking about your life choices, next business steps, and as always, your priorities."

Kathi Kamleitner

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"Through her new book, Monika yet again shows us how to free ourselves from the chains of conventionalism and live a different, more adventurous life where we can thrive and be successful without following a traditional path. Worth your time!" 

Katy Cowan

I really hope I manage to get the book live on Amazon before you head out for summer vacation. It’s the perfect read for that! 

It’s a wrap! April

You might have already read my Kickstarter post about my arrival in Bali and how my laptop broke. Now that I’m back in Europe after a month of vacation and typing this post on my new MacBook, I’m open for business again.

I’m currently re-working my online presence, but should you need help with your website, need to talk through your marketing strategy, or just want to meet up for a coffee or lunch, I’m back in Vienna and happy to talk in person or via Skype! Please do get in touch if you have a project you’d like me to get involved in! 

It’s a wrap! March

March marked my last month as Kickstarter’s Outreach Lead for Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. I handed my position over to the wonderful Christoph Nagel, who now has the honor of missioning around Europe on behalf of one of my all time favorite companies!

While March was my last month and I still needed to wrap up the fashion sprint I was working on, I still managed to squeeze in some last minute talks, such as the one at the AMFI, Jovoto’s Event at Betahaus in Berlin, and I also organized another chapter of the series I started, Embrace Your Hustle, at the Factory in Berlin

Being a part of such an incredible project, such as the launch of Kickstarter in Europe, has been an incredible honor. I’ve mentioned some of the wonderful projects I was lucky to have helped succeed within the past two years in my other monthly reflection posts. And so, not to repeat myself, I’ll just say one thing: the entire experience has been unreal and out of the ordinary!  

As you know with Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing, and I felt like I needed to take a break for a little, as I no longer felt I was the right person to do the job. Some things that would've given me energy became a little draining, so the most professional thing to do (from my perspective) was to prepare everyone for a personal exit. I’ve mentioned in December I’d be leaving, so that’s what happened. As of now, I feel like I need a couple of weeks off! I cannot wait! 

Given my plan for the past few months has been to go to Bali in April, I knew I needed to finish all the writing for Work Trips and Road Trips before the end of March. 

It’s only been a few days, but I’m happy to announce that I wrote the last period in the document on the 30th of March, at 8:30am, at St. Oberholz in Berlin. I had tears in my eyes. It just felt so good to be able to say I’m halfway finished! 

Another thing that happened I’m incredibly proud of is that I got portrayed in Mariam Al-Ayash’s Wiener Portraits. She asked me what I loved about Vienna, and it felt like it came at the right moment because one of the things I wanted to change about my lifestyle was how much I traveled in the past few years. Currently, I have a deep desire to spend some more time at home. However, and before I’ll do that, I’m heading to Bali for a month. <3