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Profileof a Freelancer - Midorie Villeneuve Chassé

<h3>Freelance Profile - Meet inspiring people who have chosen to earn a living by being self-employed. Through a very humanistic perspective, discover their story, unique lifestyle, and challenges. Today, we meet Midorie Villeneuve Chass&eacute;.</h3> <p><img alt="Image blog Momenteo" class="aligncenter size-full" src="https://www.webself.net/file/app/7/blog/midorie-vc.png" /></p> <h3><strong>&nbsp;1- Tell us about yourself</strong></h3> <p>My name is Midorie, I am a communication self-employed worker, and I live in Shawinigan in the Mauricie region.&nbsp; I offer a variety of services: writing, linguistic revision, web integration, photography, social media management, etc. I am a yoga teacher too.&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>2- Where does your immense passion for your profession and yoga come from?</strong></h3> <p>After finding myself in an academic program I did not like, I came across a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in communication marketing at Sherbrooke University. The courses were so diversified that I thought it would allow me to find a job! (I never really knew what I wanted to do!)</p> <p>Then, I discovered yoga during my master&rsquo;s degree. I was very stressed and I found a fantastic YouTube channel: Yoga with Adriene. I decided to become a yoga teacher two years later.</p> <p>After a year and a half as a self-employed worker, I realized that I created my job. I am a &ldquo;freelancer-yogi-communicator.&rdquo; Strangely, I was not told it was a possibility during my orientation course in high school!&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>&nbsp;3- How did you become self-employed?</strong></h3> <p>In 2018, I left a job that was making me unhappy (too many extra hours, complex procedures, and unpredictable events).&nbsp; I then found myself looking for a new job in Shawinigan without finding anything interesting.&nbsp;</p> <p>My boyfriend, who is an entrepreneur, made me understand (in an obvious way!) that I already had everything I needed to become my own boss and start my business. I did not know where to start so we made a game plan and I leaped. It has been 18 months now.&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>4- What is the most difficult part of self-employment?</strong></h3> <p>I find hard to stand firm when I am asked to lower my prices or when I am being offered visibility or something else in exchange for my work. I do not believe that people want to harm me but we regularly need to explain that we deserve a salary when we are self-employed workers just as a waiter or a mechanic. I first hesitated to talk about that but I believe most freelancers in the world live this issue. We need to address this more.</p> <h3><strong>5- Which part of being self-employed do you like the most?</strong></h3> <p>My freedom, without any hesitation.</p> <p>I love to be in charge of my schedule, taking a day off in the middle of the week, working a Sunday if I want to, do an unplanned trip, go to the grocery store a Monday morning.&nbsp;</p> <p>But mostly, I find very precious to balance my obligations and plan a schedule that makes sense and does not make me run from a place to another. I do not want a life where I am continuously snowed under work.&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>6- Tell us about your work routine</strong></h3> <p>I plan my weekly schedule on Sunday. I look in Trello and Google Calendar what my most urgent tasks are and what yoga courses I have in the upcoming days (I teach between 3 and 5 courses each week).&nbsp;</p> <p>Then, I start my day by training at the cross-fit gym that is located close to my home. I always dedicate some time for physical activity in the morning. This allows me to evacuate stress before working on my clients&rsquo; files.&nbsp; In other terms, I take care of myself before taking care of my emails!</p> <p>Apart from training, I do not have a very rigid routine. I answer emails when I receive them and I set aside my mornings for more serious tasks. My Fridays are often filled with tasks that need less thinking: invoice management, email and document sorting, office cleaning, etc.&nbsp; I also take the opportunity to prepare the upcoming yoga courses. I like to end my week with my favorite tasks. ;)</p> <h3><strong>7- What are the online tools you could not live without</strong></h3> <ul> <li> <p>For time planning and management: Google Calendar, Trello, and Toggl</p> </li> <li> <p>For photography:&nbsp; Lightroom, Photoshop, and WeTransfer</p> </li> <li> <p>For communications: Gmail (of course), Facebook, and Instagram</p> </li> <li> <p>For writing and linguistic revision: Antidote</p> </li> <li> <p>For regular work: The Google Suite (Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.)&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>For my finances: Momenteo (duh!)</p> </li> <li> <p>For teamwork (when it happens): Slack</p> </li> <li> <p>For yoga: Apple Music (for a good beat!)</p> </li> </ul> <h3><strong>&nbsp;8. How did you learn about Momenteo and how long have you been using it?</strong></h3> <p>When I decided to become a self-employed worker, I looked for efficient and simple software to help me manage my invoices and my customers. I was added to an awesome group of freelancers and I asked for their favorite tools. They quickly recommended Momenteo.</p> <p>I joined immediately and in only a few weeks I choose the Plus package since I already had a lot of clients. Yeah!</p> <h3><strong>9- What makes Momenteo different from other accounting programs?</strong></h3> <p>I did not like the other software because I could not add all the information in French. Since I offer linguistic revision services, I found problematic to send an invoice with some sections in English. I am a fan of local products and I choose Momenteo because it helps me with everything I need (taxes, incomes, expenses, travels, payment tracking, etc.).</p> <h3><strong>10- How do you find your new customers?</strong></h3> <p>I sincerely have very good customers! Many are good friends that trust me. I work with people that want to move forward and who cares about our region. I am happy to contribute in my own way to their respective missions.</p> <h3><strong>11. What are your tips for someone who would like to get into freelance?</strong></h3> <p>I have many!</p> <ol> <li> <p>Go for it!</p> </li> <li> <p>Take the time to read books about self-employed workers.</p> </li> <li> <p>Closely monitor your finances and find a good accountant.</p> </li> <li> <p>Have fun, start new projects, and celebrate everything.</p> </li> </ol> <h3><strong>12. Which projects are you most proud of?</strong></h3> <p>It is a clich&eacute; but my whole new life is a real source of pride for me. It is incredible how much I have learned in the last year. I learned to be a manager, to do tax reports, make contracts, prepare service offerings, negotiate, promoting myself&hellip; I have come a long way!</p> <h3><strong>13. Do you have any big plans for this fall/end of the year?</strong></h3> <p>Many!</p> <p>I work with Shawinigan&rsquo;s Startup Weekend, an awesome event that takes place in Shawinigan for some years. It is in November and many participants are expected. It should be very stimulating.</p> <p>I also have in mind to concretize a big yoga project but it is still a secret for now!</p> <h3><strong>14. How Can We Contact You?</strong></h3> <p>You can find all the contact info on my website: <a href="http://www.midorievilleneuve.com" target="_blank">www.midorievilleneuve.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p></p>

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