Posts Tagged ‘Freelance’

Freelance Diaries: What I’ve learned

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Se necesita... por Hugo Muralles

After several months of started this series, some interesting things have happened:  You have to work harder than ever, you are your own limit.  That doesn’t mean overwork, It means you have the control.

Moving around Guatemala City is the biggest problem, connectivity (I work online) and banks, in that order.  Moving around the city is perhaps the most difficult thing.  Public transport? forget it.  (If you want to make sure you’re safe at your destination)

The majority of times, banks are such a pain.  There’s no intention to resolve your problems and thats important when you are independent.  I need results, I need to know now, not in the next forty eight hours.

Internet providers; God why.  Same attitude that local banks.

Everything seems to be made for large companies, and large groups of people that would do the exact same thing everyday.
The great thing about it: Everyday learning and challenges. It’s not for everybody, at all, and that’s for sure.

Read the entire Freelancing Diaries series if you missed it.


Freelance Diaries: Get out there, speak, listen

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

She is bright, creative and a talented graphic designer, illustrator, copy-editor, to mention some of her most recent activities.  Very positive attitude that I must confess, turns contagious: Súa Agapé.

We had the chance to talk about the work she has done for a few magazines over the past years.  How much she apreciate reading, music, pets and drawing. Súa was kind enough to let me see her sketch book.

A recurring theme with artists is happiness, or the ability to be happy, actually. She’s constantly, challenging herself. Leaving the comfort zone. Why you should lose your head?.
She knows what she’s talking about.

If you want to keep track of creative people in Guatemala City, there you have it. You should follow her website, twitter or facebook.

Some of my favorites:

Súa, Thank you for sharing 🙂

Freelancing Diaries: Quality of Life

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This is exactly what you’re doing: Improving your quality of life.  Right now, in the table in front of me, some young people made this comment about daily work:  “Nobody is thanking you for the work that you do anyway”  Thats how many people think about their professional development in our country.  Maybe its true, but you shouldn’t be stuck in that state of mind; the opposite is true:  being a freelance, gives you the chance to choose with whom you want to work and I can’t even tell you how many great people you’ll meet.

In fact, you’d be surprised to know that many entrepreneurs and small business are interested in working with independent people.  I guess is a plus and you can see the point.  In Guatemala nobody is talking about improving life quality, the discussion focuses on how to perpetuate the system.

After having a workday of six hours or less, you’re entitled to attend some first-class movie projection or read an e-book on a Tuesday afternoon, as in the picture.  You deserve it.  And thats exactly what I’m planning to do 🙂

Freelancing Diaries: Healthy Drinks

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I’ve said this before: we’re very lucky in Guatemala City.  Having all these fresh fruits and vegetables all year round.  So, even when is a clear choice, you can actually do it, I mean, you can still drink colas and all that stuff being a freelance but pays off, trust me. Plus, is cheaper and you don’t get cranky. (sugar rush, you know)

Also, a fabulous concept that I learn from the guatemalan journalist Marta Yolanda Díaz-Durán: She says that she cooks because she love herself. And that, my friends, changes everything.

You can see that being a freelance involves much more than the plain act of never leaving home.  And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll get more lemonade 😉

Freelancing in Guatemala City

Monday, July 9th, 2012

This is quite a subject, let me tell you.  If there’s people interested, I’m planning to do a series of posts about freelancing in Guatemala City, pros and cons, experiences and all that jazz; lets see how it goes.  Distances, customer handling, security, banking, what places are available in Guatemala City to do some work?

In the environment we live in, what are the incentives that we have to do such a thing?

In the photograph, Café Barista Pradera, one of the places I would recommend to get some work done and have meetings. It is located in la 20 Calle 25-85, Zona 10, La Pradera.

What do you think?