1. Who is Alexandra Dragomir, what does she do and when did she know that the usual worker bee life isn’t the life for her?
I’m Alexandra and I do a lot of things, all fueled by my passions. I never actually thought freelancing was for me, but then life happened and I found I like the independence it gives me. I work alongside a team of friends in building a business, a virtual reality studio where I write most of the the blog posts and commercial materials.
And because I like music and travelling I fuel this passion working in event production. Actually I’ve been doing it for quite some time, but I would have never imagined it would become my main “thing”.
2. What is your work setup? What do you have on your desk?
My work setup is just my laptop, but I use additional tools like Google Analytics & Adwords, Facebook and, the horror of it, books!
And my phone, it’s my no. 1 helper in event life, since constantly carrying a laptop is not feasible. So, that means I always have a backup battery & charger with me.
3. What are the tools of your trade?
My main thing is schedule. I found out since I was little that if you have a well planned schedule and you keep it, you can do a lot of stuff and still have time for yourself.
For example, even if I’m mostly on the move and on my feet, I still go to the gym every morning. It helps me stay healthy, body and mind, and sometimes some of my best ideas came while lifting some dumbbells.
Also, I write things down: ideas, to do lists, plans, because even if I have it on an email, an Excel or I just remember it, it helps me more to see things in front of my eyes and handwritten. It helps me stay organized and keep track of stuff better, which, I believe, is the basis for any freelancer or independent worker. Without discipline, scheduling and planning you can’t get very far. You get lost in the details and start missing things. Moreover, when you see them all laid out in front of your eyes you get of sense of how busy you are and when you should take a moment off.
4. What are the ups and downs of freelancing?
The ups: working on your own time, only on the projects you enjoy, setting your own money plan and financial aspects, working however and wherever you want.
The downs: lack of financial safety, because sometime you can’t breathe from all the workload and other times is Sahara.
I would add a grey zone: you are your own boss and the only one in charge of your business and that means you’re the only one making decisions. That can be a good thing and a bad, there’s no one left to blame and no one else responsible and you can’t take a leave of absence from your own business.
5. What is the setup that keeps you healthy and sane?
I like a bit of routine, it gives me a sense of safety: I wake up, have my coffee and breakfast, hit the gym and then go to work. Unless I’m in a loaded period of work, I have a certain time of day I shut it all down. It allows me to have time for my hobbies, reading, going out, you name it.
You can’t and shouldn’t work non stop, even if it’s just for yourself. It will make you go insane and wonder what’s the difference from this and the corporate life. You have to still be able to enjoy your freelance life.
6.What are your biggest frustrations?
Lack of professionalism. People not doing their part. Stupid questions that make everyone lose their time.
7. What book(s) are you currently reading?
As I’ve said, I’m reading both for pleasure and work, so at the moment some history books. I’ve got about four I’m reading at the same time.
8. What should you start now that will have a positive effect on your life / business 5 years from now?
Be more ambitious. I’m the kind of individual who could use some more pushing from behind (by myself) and I could get even further.
9. What thing from today would you like your 10-years-from-now self to remember?
That I should have never been afraid. It’s a good lesson to remember always.
10. Let people know where they can connect with you.
You can find me on Facebook and LinkedIn. My photo and my whole professional life are there 🙂
11. Which email address shall we use?
We know from all the wars of the world that a good strategy is worthless without good weapons. Tools are the weapons of people from this century. Regardless the jobs we do, the lifestyle we lead or the amount of work we put it, good tools can help make our work great.
Be it because they free up time, they automate processes, they simplify things or just help us keep an eye on everything, they are crucial to getting things done.
Be it digital nomading with full time travel or location independence with a home base and travel, what we have at the end of the day is a lifestyle of freedom and feeling at peace. Surely this lifestyle will change and evolve over time, but for progress to happen inspiration is crucial. For most of us it all comes down to getting over fear and attachment to comfort. And this happens when we share knowledge, experiences and ideas that turn the unknown into opportunities to learn, grow and feel alive.
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