Freelance Life At Bohemiacademia, Week 29

It’s 8.30pm and I’m still in the office. I’ve been here for about twelve hours, which actually isn’t that bad for a Monday. I tend to work two mammoth days in the office each week, so that on the other days I can split my time more evenly among other things. This week I’m also planning to go on holiday – I’ll be offline from Thursday-Sunday – so I have a bunch of things to get done before I can leave.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office two days a week.

Here’s what the team has been up to this week.

The DFRWS conference is currently under way in Portland, Oregon. I’m on the organising committee and I’m also their social media person, but I am not there this time, which makes the whole thing a little more tricky, particularly since I’ll be on holiday for half the week. Back when I was a one-woman band, this would have been impossible to manage without upsetting either my client or my doctor, who was the one who ordered me to go on holiday. However, nowadays I luckily have enough wonderful freelancers around that I can palm off day-to-day management to them and go chill out on the Somerset levels.

We’ve recorded a few podcasts this week: Carlie for a travel client and Christa for a tech client, so expect to see them soon. And Carlie spoke to an Australian expat about how to move to the USA on an exceptional talent visa.

Once the podcasts are done, they’ll be transcribed by either Christa, Garreth or Jackie, and then they’ll be posted on our clients’ sites as well as on Libsyn (which syndicates the content to all popular podcast-finding-places such as iTunes, Spotify, etc.) and on social media.

Speaking of social media, our team have been busy as always this week. Over on the Instagram account of one of our clients, Emma is asking what people love about living abroad; Kathy is making sure all our clients’ Pinterest accounts are up to date; Louise, Mel and Kathy are managing to keep over 200 Facebook groups & pages ticking along; and Louise and Ivana are working on keeping our clients’ LinkedIn groups interesting places to chat.

We also manage a busy forum for one of our clients. It has 35,000 members and it’s growing all the time; who said the forum was dead? Personally, having spent a significant portion of my teenage years playing around with BBCode, I’m always happy to dive back into that world.

We’re continuing our ‘What’s Happening In Forensics‘ series over on Forensic Focus – the idea behind this being that it keeps a finger on the pulse of the industry and helps to position our client as an industry leader.

Also on Forensic Focus, Christa wrote a brilliant industry round-up of image recognition and categorization software; I wrote an overview of an upcoming conference in San Antonio, Texas; and Jade reviewed some mobile forensic software. We’ve also put some tech conferences in the calendar for the rest of this year; Jade, Mattia, Christa and I will all be attending some industry events on behalf of our clients.

The other day I graduated from a university course (because obviously running a company doesn’t take up enough of my time already…), and on my way back to the tube station I met a very nice lady who runs a fostering company. She’s looking for help with her social media, so we’re going to catch up this week and talk about how Bohemiacademia can help her. The conversation began completely out of nowhere: she said she liked my tattoo, I told her a bit about the story behind it, and then we got chatting and it turned out we had loads in common.

Which just goes to show that having a tattoo doesn’t make you unprofessional; in fact, it can lead directly to making new business contacts! 😉

What have you been up to over the last week? Leave a comment below, or drop us a line to commission a project or get a quote.

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