Following Oren’s advice that you have to work “on” your business and not just "in" your business, I spent the beginning of July reviewing and reworking my website. I launched the first version of my website at the end of last year, so I had to make sure my website remained an accurate reflection of my services.
It was important for me to remove all the references of clients that I had worked with (such as Niemetz, Teekanne, Skiny Bodywear, etc.) while working for my past employers. I listed them as my references at first to have at least some kind of validation of my past work.
My former colleague and now also a great friend, Sarah Halbeisen, helped me with the visuals. I’m pleased with how the images turned out, so if you need pictures for your own website, ask her to help you. She’s great to work with!
I felt a lot like writing in July, so I spent some time pitching and writing articles for the team at Facebook, a gig I got through Contently. If you’re a freelance writer, definitely create a profile on Contently to showcase your work and get the clients that fit your interests. I truly am a huge fan of what they do!
The most exciting moment of the month was when I received an email from the team at 99U offering to feature one of the interviews from This Year Will Be Different after I sent them a cold email. A cold email! Never thought these things actually worked! Yay!
I read their message in bed and was up in about 20 seconds, not even capable of finishing the last paragraph. It took a few hours for me to finally read the final sentences. Haven’t felt like this in ages, by the way. Speaking of #TYWBD, there are some books at the Zamm Coffee Shop that you should look into.
Another highlight of the month was Kathrin Folkendt’s event "3 Freelancers. 3 Stories.” She invited me to share my experiences and what I’ve done to kick off my freelance career. I was really impressed with all the people who came and stayed with us until the very end despite the 38°C degrees we had in Vienna that night. Not only was it great to do something together with Kathrin Folkendt and Elisabeth Oberndorfer, I was also really pleased to bump into the guys behind Freewheelstories, a filmmaker duo from Amsterdam.
Last but not least, Kickstarter and I agreed on extending my contract and I’ll now support them in Austria, Germany, and Holland until the end of the year. If you have a project, please don’t hesitate and get in touch.