Milica Micić is a Journalist from Niš, Serbia.
- Hi Milica, how long have you been working as a freelancer now?
Hi! 🙂 I would say that it has been just about two years now. I’m kind of still new at this.
- What inspired you to become a freelancer? Did you think about it for a long time or did your decision come suddenly?
Six years ago, I was working on the online news portal dedicated to cultural events in my town, “KultURA!” (kult-ura.com). Back then I knew nothing about marketing, SEM, SEO… and was focused only on informational part of the job. Few years later I realized that I still have a lot to learn about promoting your work. So, I started working as a freelance journalist to gain experience.
- How did you gain your first customers?
My first freelance job was for the street paper located in the capital city in my country. I was working as a correspondent, reporting about protests that were happening in my city. It was actually a recommendation from the acquaintance. She recommended me, and they hired me J
- Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I’m not really sure how to answer this question, I’m deeply moved by truth, fairness, ethics in general, never had a role model per se. But, I would say that I truly admire one investigative journalist from Serbia Brankica Stanković.
- John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?
As I mentioned before, I’m pretty new at this, and I’m still learning, so I haven’t advertised yet.
- Do you hire outsourcing service providers for services, which you believe are a waste of your time?
Up until now, I haven’t really had that much resources. Journalism isn’t high paying job here.
- How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?
Actually, I don’t have a typical day, I’d say that many journalist would agree on this. It all depends on happenings and your ideas what to work on. Usually, in my free time, I’m helping local young music bands, and friends who are organizing events, in communication with the media. Also, trying to find the time to read, catch up with friends, see some bands at the local club, and play some point-and-click adventures 😀
- What would you do differently if you would start again?
First of all, I would do much more research and arm myself with more knowledge right away.
- Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?
Oh, this is hard 😀 If I must pick some, that would be the ones that first popped in my head: „The Little Prince“ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (I recomend reading this book every couple of years, just to remind yourself to be you), „1984“ by George Orwell, „We“ by Yevgeny Zamyatin, „The Shack“ by William Paul Young, „To kill a mockingbird“ by Harper Lee, „The truth“ by Terry Pratchett, also Bukowski, Dostoyevsky, and many, many more. To be honest, I’m a huge Potterhead also 😀
- What was the best business advice you received? Do you have any advice for other freelancers?
The greatest advice I got was from my older colleague on my first job. He said: „Take every job you’re offered while you’re young.“. That is kind of my advice for everybody starting in a new field of work – Take every possibility to learn, to grow and to gain more experience. Money can play the role later, when you’re wiser.
- Top 3 mobile apps on your smartphone?
- Google Maps (I have poor orientation skills 😀 )
- Your last vacation?
– My last vacation was two years ago – Leptokarya, Greece. There I visited Meteora and Mount Olympus. It was wonderful 🙂