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It’s been a busy few months since my last note, in Week 41. It’s Week 61, which not only means I’ve been really slack at updating weeknotes, but that I’ve been running my own business for well over a year now. It’s gone by mega quickly, but it’s been absolutely brilliant and I’m a total convert to the freelance way of working.
In the last year I’ve worked with fantastic clients like Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Profero, Branded, Vodafone Ireland and We Are Friday, wearing a a variety of different planning hats and getting the chance to tackle some incredibly varied challenges. I’ve gone from dipping my toe into the world of freelancing to setting up the company and getting to grips with the joys of being a small business owner and employer. All of which has been, I have to say, awesome.
I went into this adventure with an open mind, using the analogy of dating. I’d been in two very satisfying long-term relationships (spending a few years each in permanent roles at two terrific agencies), but I wasn’t sure I wanted to jump into another long-term relationship again – I fancied playing the field, so to speak. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to date around until I found someone I wanted to settle down with again, and freelance would be a stopgap until I worked out what and where I wanted to take a permanent role. As its turned out, I’m completely loving the range of opportunities that going solo has afforded me – the chance to work with a tremendous variety of people and organisations, with a mix of consulting and freelancing in-house, on a wonderfully stimulating range of clients and challenges. So much so that for the time being, I can’t see myself wanting to settle down – I’m enjoying being a planning sponge, and the amount I’m learning and soaking up in the process, far too much to want to take on a permanent role any time soon. But, just as I went into this adventure with an open mind, so I want to keep thus on this journey – so who knows what’s round the corner?
But back to the present, since my last note, it’s been busy busy round Seemingly Unconnected towers. I finished the Vodafone Ireland consumer digital project, helping them develop an overarching digital strategy, encompassing really fascinating challenges such as how best to manage and scale customer service in social channels, and the operational changes needed to deliver on the agreed strategic direction. They were really happy with the work delivered, and I’m very happy to be working with Vodafone Ireland again, this time with the enterprise team on a similar project, which is now currently well underway.
Work with Friday on HSBC continues apace – such is the nature of global business banking clients that I can’t say much about the work itself, but I can definitely say that it’s really exciting to be concentrating on the experience planning and product strategy side.
Other bits and pieces since my last note:
- A few days strategy work with the lovely chaps at Branded
- A couple of days planning on a rather exciting brand for Citizen Bay
- A week of total digital detox, relaxation and getting rather bendier with my good friend Dr Jo Twist on a week’s yoga retreat at Yoga Rocks in Crete
- A phenomenal day’s brain candy in Brighton at dConstruct, followed by tinkering and being chased by Daleks at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire
- Meeting some incredible women working in digital and tech at the first (of hopefully many more) Women In A Room meetup
Onwards and forwards!