…in France. And it’s bloody cold. And it’s only autumn… That’s the first thing that hit us, the cold. We went from hot humid Manila, to sunny Dubai (ok, just for a few hours) to grey C.O.L.D (but still beautiful) Paris. But that’s a detail really, cause it’s good to be back in Europe.
I managed to get not one but two croissants in the plane (it’s the little things!) and that can only be a good omen for this new chapter in our life. Only one thing is for certain, this is another big change. After leaving our life in London to volunteer for a year in the Philippines, we’re kinda starting over again…different country, different jobs, different fields.
Ann has been many times to France but has never actually lived here. As for me, I spent the last 12 years abroad, so moving to France almost feels like moving to a new country in a way. I’m not sure when the culture shock will hit (both of us) but it will for sure (and no amount of nutella and/or wine will change that, though of course it helps). There is of course the various tasks that come with settling in a “new” country, from finding a place to live to (re)learning cultural traits while to sorting out visas, mobile phones and finding one restaurant that has a vegetarian option on its menu (quite a feat in France…), but more on that soon. One of the first thing for us to do, the one activity that we will occupy our time from now on and the thing we’re most excited about, is our new career as freelancers.
It all started about half-way through our year in the Philippines. A combination of events and thought processes came together and we decided to (for lack of a better expression) “give it a go”. It started as a side project to our volunteering and it steadily grew to take more and more of our time. In France, we’ll freelance on a full-time basis. It’s quite a change of mindset to go from being an employee with a regular paycheck to being your own boss and having to find your own work in order to get a most likely – ahem – fluctuating income. But the challenge that comes with it is also a big part of the excitement. We have of course dreams of setting our own hours, forgeting what commuting means and perhaps best of all being able to work from anywhere in the world, but after a few months of testing the water we’ve realised that it also comes with a very steep learning curve on running a business, finding clients (and keeping them), managing the uncertainty of income and avoiding going back to the office “for a minute” at 11pm just because it is just upstairs.
What is it that we do exactly as freelancers?
Well, Ann chisels words, manipulates punctuation and generally crafts sentences of Beaux Mots working as a writer and editor. You can find more info about her services on her website Present Pathway.
We’d be very grateful if you could forward these links to people you think might be interested in our services. Also, although our skills and experience are well developed to actually do the work, we’re newbies at running a business so please do send us some feedback and any insight you may have, it will be much appreciated.