Everything may be bigger in Texas, but everyone is nicer down under!
Because my office is wherever I happen to be with my laptop, I decided to take the leap and move to Sydney, Australia from Houston, Texas on a “gap year” from adult life in early May. But given how well things are going here, I think it might turn into a gap couple of years (maybe a gap forever? We’ll see).
One of the best things about being a freelancer is never feeling caught up in the rat race of corporate America – a place where all your hard work is usually for the benefit of someone farther up the food chain. As a freelancer, I’m my own boss – which is concurrently rewarding and terrifying.
Tracy, the fearless leader of team TOCmedia, ensures we deliver consistently superlative work for our clients. So much so that our reach has recently expanded beyond borders and we’ve taken on our first international client – Robert Street Automotive, a premier auto shop here in Sydney.
She told me about the partnership weeks before my move and my first thought was, “Wow. That’s suspiciously convenient.”
Since arriving, I’ve discovered much to my disappointment (delight? The jury’s still out) that the real Australia hesitates to resemble the one set forth in Crocodile Dundee. Sydney, at least, is a glistening metropolis perched on the edge of a stunning harbor. With hundreds of unique brunch spots and coffee shops to work from, it’s a freelancer’s delight.
But I’ve been particularly lucky. The guys at Robert Street (whose generous hospitality I’ve come to discover is typical of Aussies) have completely taken me under their wing – offering me in-house office space, an introduction to Australian delicacies like Vegemite (so gross) and an assortment of Arnott’s biscuits (so good), and even the chance to meet the star of one of my favorite shows, Bondi Rescue.
There have been a few bumps along the way, like learning the correct Aussie slang to use in posts and ensuring time-sensitive content is posted on the right day (I’m looking at you, 15-hour time difference), but overall, the transition from managing social media in Houston for Americans to being based in Sydney for a global audience has been smooth.
From the moment I touched down in Australia, I knew I wanted to stay awhile. I am so incredibly grateful to be a field where my office is the world.
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