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Portrait of a Freelancer: Jules Marcoux

<div class="blog-headline"> <p>Meet inspiring people who chose to make a living out of independent work. Through a very human perspective, discover their story, and the uniqueness of their lifestyle &amp; challenges.</p> <p><img alt="jules" class="aligncenter size-full" src="" /></p> </div> <p><strong>Who are you?</strong><br> I’m a young entrepreneur and marketing consultant from Quebec, Canada. I help consumer brands and personal brands from all over the world improve their impact with new medias and marketing. Also an author – my book called <a href="">The Marketing Blueprint</a>&nbsp;went #1 best-selling on Amazon. The follow-up book is&nbsp;well underway.</p> <p><strong>How did you get into freelancing?</strong><br> I’ve been an entrepreneur ever since I was a kid. I dropped out of college really early to pursue my dream of creating a business. Also a musician, I had to build a personal brand and raise awareness about my music. The marketing toolset I developed through this process ended up having a lot of value on the market. To this day, I helped dozens of clients with their marketing efforts, mostly on social medias. To me, freelancing always felt like the way to go.</p> <p><strong>What is the hardest part about freelancing?</strong><br> Anything related to accounting and management, really. I’m into creative challenges, paperwork always felt like a necessary evil. It is boring, stressful and always felt like a burden to me.</p> <p><strong>Tell us about your daily routine.</strong><br> My daily schedule is pretty simple: I wake up and read a book for 15 minutes while drinking a (black) coffee. Then I answer emails and clear the top tasks in my to-do list. If some meetings are scheduled, I either hop on Skype or go to a local café, depending on the client’s location. For the rest of the day, I either do business development, social medias strategies or iterations on my book. &nbsp;I just get things done. It all depends on the day.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any freelancing horror story?</strong><br> Not yet.</p> <p>I worked with dozens of great clients. I guess I’m part of the lucky ones *touching wood*.</p> <p><strong>Where do you habitually work from?</strong><br> Home, cafés, hotels, and restaurants.</p> <p><strong>How many projects do you handle concurrently?</strong><br> I normally have 2 personal projects and around 4 or 5 client projects. I try to split my time between building long-term relationships with clients and building my brand.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite aspect of the freelancing life?</strong><br> Traveling, freedom, being my own boss and seeing my ideas come to life.</p> <p><strong>What are the online tools that you couldn’t live without?</strong><br> Social medias such as Instagram and Facebook helped me build an audience online, so that would be it. But also, my Google calendar &amp; Gmail for emails.</p> <p><strong>How did you get your first client?</strong><br> After my short musical career (ok, <a href="">check it out</a>&nbsp;– don’t judge), I started hosting nightclub events. My first client was someone from the scene who needed a little “branding” package for an event he was promoting. I created some&nbsp;flyers and managed a small social media campaign.&nbsp;Getting your my freelancer paycheck was such a symbolic milestone.</p> <p><strong>Can you show us some of your work?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href=";qid=1457115409&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=the+marketing+blueprint">My book</a></p> <p><img alt="marketingbp" class="aligncenter size-full" src="" /></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="">My blog</a></p> <p><img alt="12825382_431487583688564_1881669460_n" class="aligncenter size-full" src="" /></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="">tWitch boss</a></p> <p><img alt="twitchboss" class="aligncenter size-full" src="" /></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="">Womance</a></p> <p><img alt="womance" class="aligncenter size-full" src="" /></p> <p><strong>Last thing, what would you recommend to aspiring freelancers?</strong> If you want to work 40 hours a week, don&rsquo;t become a freelancer. Seriously. There&#39;s this misconception that there are only upsides of being your own boss. The truth is: with a lot of power comes a lot of responsibility. You&#39;re developing your own business, managing clients, marketing yourself and delivering a product or service. A lot of hours won&#39;t be billable at first, which makes it hard on the cash flow. You have to make peace with the fact that there are numerous upsides and downsides, it&#39;s not for everyone.</p>

I like building cool products and marketing them.

Philip Barclay CMO@Momenteo