This year marks 10 years since I started working as a communications freelancer. At the same time it marks a transition to remote work and a transformation of the labour market as a result of the pandemic. It is also the year my daughter turned one and started preschool. I wanted to take the time to do a quick recap of the year; the projects I’ve worked on, the people I’ve collaborated with, and the challenges and learnings that were had. My focus this year has been on the gig economy, education, remote work, innovation, community, and the fast growing games industry.
In a fast moving world, where digitization is constantly changing the rules of the game on the labor market, being curious and open to learning new things is key to staying relevant. I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on lifelong learning, networking and freelance life with Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s largest morning papers.
A networked agency means that you work together with other consultants and agencies and put together the best fit team for each client assignment. This fall I had a chance to speak with entrepreneur magazine Driva Eget on why I run a networked agency. Throughout my working career, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with and collaborate with great people in Sweden, Japan and the UK. Today I am able to use that network to offer my clients the set of skills they need to reach their objectives – be it with advertising, branding, graphic design, video, digital transformation or strategic business advice.
Just like the old saying goes – you become like the people you hang out with the most. In the age of the gig economy, where more and more people choose to leave their employments to start their own ventures, surrounding yourself with like-minded people to set out on a journey together with can be key to your success. That’s why I’m so incredibly happy to be a part of the Boost Women community – started in London in May 2016.
The other day I was interviewed by Steve Folland for his podcast “Being Freelance“, which is basically about being, well, freelance. During half an hour we spoke about how I started off my freelance career, what I’ve learned along the way, what it has been like living and working from different countries, and what I would tell my younger self about freelancing. Now when the podcast is live, I realize just how interesting it is listening to yourself talk about yourself. It’s kind of like a mini-media-training session.