Freelancers in France  - Lessons learn from the summer holidays

By Valérie Aston on 18 August 2023 · Viewed 696 times · Questions

Les vacances

As freelancers, we tend to switch rhythm or have a full break for the summer. Leaving more time for rest, family & friends and creativity. If you’re like me, I always learn something from switching off. Here’s what I’m taking in from this summer.

La créativité 

Creativity comes from doing new things, living experiences and letting your mind wander. It can be hard to switch off, but it never fails to impress me when your brain solves issues or gets clarity while being distracted, entertained or let loose. Here’s to more bike rides, long walks and exhibitions this winter.

Le Service client

Customer service is known to be an issue in France… Taking the example of holiday rentals, we experienced the best - a Parisian couple having invested in a wooden hut and pouring their heart & soul in the property & customer care. And the bad - with an owner providing the basics and relying on a conciergerie company overpromising and under delivering… My customer experience & care is going under review in Q4.

Ralentir pour accélérer 

You have to slow down before you can go faster. Learning new skills and implementing them takes time. Plan the time to learn new skills (training, apps, software). Then double it to process, apply and adjust it to your business. My Asana training got my brain on overdrive… simply because of the way I can apply it to my business. 

Se déconnecter

Switching off from social media and the news does wonders to your mental health - No surprise here… What struck me this time is how distracted you get, especially with social. Seeing others covering new topics, inciting you to jump on new trends just distracts you from your core vision & lifestyle. Stay true to your goals & vision and keep asking yourself “What do I really want? What matters to me?

Et vous?

Which lessons did you learn over the summer? 

Send me a DM on Instagram or Facebook and tell me what you have learned or will apply this winter.

Freelancers in France  - Lessons learn from the summer holidays

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.