A career move

by zsiskos on September 18, 2010 · 16 comments

I’ve recently made the move to freelance consulting. Yes, I gave up a very good job to be my own boss. What can I say? I think I’d make a great boss.

I’ve been struggling with my career choices for the past 6 months. I wasn’t feeling completely fulfilled at my position with Syncapse. Please don’t get me wrong – the job was great and the people I worked with were talented and hilarious. It was just that where my career was heading was not where I wanted to be. And it doesn’t matter how good something is, if it’s not what you want then you aren’t happy.

I think the most difficult thing was trying to figure out what exactly I DID want. Only hindsight is 20/20 and you can think you want something only to get it and then find out you feel…meh.

But this feels right, in every way. The timing is perfect, things are just falling into place. Making this decision was difficult, but not as difficult as I had thought. Plus, the contract that enabled me to make this jump is something I’m so excited to get started on!

I am going to be working as a Community Manager for HomeStars.com. Does the name sound familiar to you? If you read my blog it should because I’ve written about them before. This was the site that James and I used to find StoneCote, the amazing company that did our amazing floors.

My job is a mix of things but the focus is really to increase the content on the site. I’ll do this by finding and interviewing people who have had work done on their homes, working with home renovators and contractors to build up their social media profiles and working with the team at trade shows and events to boost awareness and build relationships.

What attracted me was that I am going to have a hands on approach to social media and what it can do for us and for our customers. That was something that I was missing at my previous jobs. It’s probably why I love blogging and Twittering so much! I want to create and be a part of this. I want to see direct results from the efforts I put in. And I want to see people get excited (not irritated) with the work that’s being done.

While my main focus will be on HomeStars.com I do have time to take on other projects. So if you know of anyone that is in need of social media guidance, let me know.

  • http://bargainista.ca Eden Spodek

    Congrats Zoe! Sounds like you've thought hard about your decision and made the right one for you. We've always been happy with trades we've hired from HomeStars. Looking forward to watching you help it grow and seeing other opportunities come your way.

  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    I did Eden, thanks for the support and well wishes. I'm really proud to be a part of the HomesStars team, they are a great group of people.


  • ruyoung

    welcome to the world of freelancing! congrats. that's really great news.

  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    Thanks Rachel! It's exciting and scary…as I'm sure you know :)

  • ruyoung

    it's far more exciting than scary. :-) you might want to check out freelancecampTO on oct 3. it's free and informative and might dispel some of the parts you find scary.

  • http://homestars.com Jodi

    Welcome aboard Zoe – I read your blog for the first time a few months ago. We're proud to have such a savvy woman join our team.


  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    Thanks so much Jodi. I can't wait to meet everyone!

  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    Sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the heads up.

  • jwestera

    Congrats Siskos! I'm sure you'll do some awesome things for Home Star… in your pjs – so jealous :P

  • http://twitter.com/TvInstallation Toronto Home Theater

    Way to Go! – We are in different times now and consulting can offer a lifestyle design as the “4 Hour Work Week” puts it… we trade time for money and salary doesn't mean much when stacked up against real happiness. Keep up the disco.

  • catlandf

    Hey Zoe, Sounds great! Best of luck with your new job, I can't wait to hear how it goes! x Caitlin

  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    ha! we skype video quite often so I'll at least need to look good from the top up ;)

  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    Thanks so much for the support! It's funny, I ind myself working even harder (if that's possible) but I also find I have more free time. I think it's being able to decide when I am most productive. I am still going through that transition phase of working my schedule out but I really feel great about it.

  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    I will make sure to keep you updated; thanks for the best wishes :)

  • Amber

    So it's been a couple of weeks now.. how's you boss.. you sick of her yet or is she running a pretty tight ship? :) Hope all is going well, they are lucky to have you! Have fun!

  • http://www.mediumandthemessage.com/ zoeDisco

    She definitely run a tight ship…but I agree with all of her decisions so it makes it very easy.nnI am so happy to have made this move, it feels right for me. The biggest challenge I’ve come across is making I stay focused on one project at a time (moving from client to client is not productive).nnOne thing is that I do miss the banter – i have to say, Spanky just doesn’t have a sense of humour.nnz

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