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A Pocket-Sized Travel Guide to Berlin’s Café Scene, now on Etsy!

Do you remember my pocket sized guide to Berlin's café scene I launched on Kickstarter earlier this year? You can now get the cards on Etsy!

I've curated Berlin's 50 best coffee places and shared a little story explaining why I find them unique. 

Whether you’re visiting Berlin or have lived here for a while, you’ll most likely never run out of places to see. New cafés, bars, and neighborhood hangouts are popping up everywhere. It’s hard to keep track. Every neighborhood has some exceptional spots that are worth discovering.

Head over to Etsy to check out the offer. Plus, it's free shipping to all EU countries! 

Would you like me to write another book for freelancers?
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(Here is the link to answer the survey.)

It’s the end of October. Which means it’s been almost three years since I found myself in a mouldy room in London. With a leaking ceiling. Without functioning heat. Wondering whether “this” was what freelancing was about: insecurity, shitty projects, lots of struggles. Just the memory of it gives me goosebumps.

Those who know me personally know how much I loved the job at Somewhere I had before. Going freelance was something that while it made sense at the time, wasn’t anything I was planning on doing. I needed to be location independent and had no other option. I had to learn to deal with the situation and do so quickly.

Over time, I have learned that sometimes, we need to fall deep to pick ourselves up in a whole new glory.

My way out of that mess and how I was feeling then was the first book. A book I conceptualized, produced, and financed within three months. I had the idea because I needed to learn how to freelance myself, and the insights of the women were so cool, I thought I should share them, so I did.

It actually still baffles me how many people wrote me after they read the book about how much it made their year different. How it encouraged them to make a leap and go freelance.

Given for the past three years around this time, I was mostly at home interviewing people, transcribing their interviews, editing, or writing, I’m now wondering if I should do it again. Or if I should do something different. I’m also thinking about ways to make it something more.

When looking at the numbers, none of the books were financially feasible. At least not directly. Each one helped me produce the next one, and with each, I still took a personal loss. It’s not even what I would have paid everyone who worked on the books what I believe they deserved for their excellent work. Most certainly, without the three Kickstarter campaigns I ran, none of the books would have been realized. To this day, the biggest benefit I got from writing these books was the feedback I received from the ones amongst you who felt encouraged to create and do so in self-initiative.

I’ve conducted a little questionnaire. It’s for me to learn about your needs and wants. Given it’s Christmas soon and you have probably already heard “Last Christmas” at least once, I’ve decided to raffle five books amongst those who fill out the questionnaire: 

Click here to view survey

Thank you for your help,
Monika

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.

#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! 

#WTART Update 07: Hire me to help you revamp your website (Introducing a plan B)

As you might have already seen, the campaign to fund Work Trips and Road Trips has been incredibly slow and we’ve only reached 58% with just one week left. Kickstarter is All Or Nothing, which means I’ll only receive the funds if the project hits 100% of its goal before the 4th of March. 

(Now breathe!) 

It’s been a crazy month. I've written a ton of guest blog posts and the project has been featured all over the internet. (Literally! Scroll down to read some of the posts.) Many of you have shared a link to this campaign too. Something I’m incredibly grateful for! 

Nevertheless, the closer this project comes to an end, the more obvious it is to me that I need a plan B to get Work Trips And Road Trips funded to pay the team. 

There have been obstacles from the beginning. I first tried to launch this project at the end of my Creative Mornings talk on how plan B is always better. Oh the irony! After failing to go live due to a bug on the Kickstarter website, my plan B that day was to launch after the talk, on a Friday afternoon. Note to self: you should never launch a Kickstarter project on a Friday, especially not in the afternoon.

When I woke up at 5am this morning and scrolled through my Facebook feed (it’s literally impossible to sleep longer than that when you have a project live. It’s pure adrenaline!), I came across this New York Times article, that explains how Trump has taken over the internet and become probably more talked-about than anyone else on this planet, and how it’s impossible to notice anything that’s not Trump-related (like this project). 

As Britain struggles with a weak Pound and with the US reevaluating life under Trump, I feel like it's time to share my plan B with you to make this project happen after all.

Ok, so what is my plan B? My plan B is to offer you help with revamping your website. (We'll most likely build one from scratch!)  ... and yes, please spread the word about this offer!

I can restructure your content and create a site map that best represents you or your company. I can help you gather references about your work and can also help you write the copy. If you’re a visual designer, I can also consult you on how to generate a scalable (others would call this passive) income with your creations. If you choose to create your website with Squarespace, we can basically build the entire site together. 

I'm not a designer. You should know. Squarespace sites are mostly photo-based and you don’t need any sort of programming skills. I have, for example, built my own website in about a week while doing all sorts of other things. If you’d like my help, I’ve included a €1,000 package here on my Kickstarter page. I’d love to work with you! 

Alright! Let’s get this project funded and let’s get you a shiny, new website! 

<3 

PS: If you have any sorts of concerns and want to jump on a Skype call before you decide to back the reward to have me help you with your website, email hello@mkanokova.com 

PPS: This project has been featured on Design TaxiFemtasticsThis is Jane WayneBerlin Loves YouVinazineThe Startup Valley, and in the Matriarch newsletter. There will be a few more guest posts going live. I’ve written one for the Travelettes blog (about how to plan for a vacation as a freelancer), a post for Creative Boom (about how to prepare to go nomadic) and even Sherpa (you should try it!), the new travel app will feature the book in the newsletter next week. 

#WTART Update 06: Join our Kickstarter Live stream about freelancing this coming Saturday!

Hello and thank you for being one of our backers! We really appreciate it! We are at 44% and only have ten days to go. It's hard to compete against Brexit and Trump. Please be so lovely and share a link to this project with the people you think might appreciate reading Work Trips and Road Trips. Every Euro counts! 

I wanted to announce something special that we’ll be doing pretty soon: A Kickstarter Live Stream!

You’ll be able to ask me and my editor, the wonderful Diana everything about freelancing and anything you want to know about making this book! We’ll share some insights from what we’ve learned from conducting all these wonderful interviews. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with us and ask everything you’re curious about, be it freelancing, working remotely, or about working with a location distributed team, as we’ve been over the past couple of years. Or maybe, who knows, you have some other questions you want answers for!

The live stream will happen on Saturday, the 25th of February, at 5 PM CET (which is 11AM New York time).

I’ve created a Facebook event for you to have a reminder! Even if you can’t attend, I’d really appreciate it if you could click “interested” as it helps us spread the word about this project!

https://www.facebook.com/events/259798761127542/

Talk to you soon! <3