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Portrait of a freelancer: Jennifer Guay

<p>Portrait of a freelancer - Meet inspiring people who chose to make a living out of independent work. Through a distinctly human perspective, discover their story, and the uniqueness of their lifestyle &amp; challenges.</p> <p><img alt="Image blog Momenteo" class="aligncenter size-full" src="http://blogmanagement.momenteo.com/Content/blog-img/20181010105257561jennifer-guay.png" /></p> <p><strong>Who are you and what do you do?</strong></p> <p>Ms. Jennifer Guay, I am a lawyer and I practice mainly in criminal, civil and administrative law. I also offer support in family law. My motto is to make justice accessible for everyone, and that&rsquo;s why I give conferences as a lawyer with &Eacute;ducaloi and I developed the legal workshops &quot;Pratique tes droits&quot; (practice your rights) which I offer in schools, groups, and various organizations.</p> <p><strong>How did you become self-employed?</strong></p> <p>I wanted to be a lawyer since the age of five... and I also knew that I wanted to be my own boss, thus when I had to choose where to do my internships during my studies, I selected groups of independent lawyers. It was obvious, for me, to work as a freelancer right after my swearing.</p> <p><strong>What represents the most difficult part of self-employment?</strong></p> <p>I would say seclusion. With &quot;Me Jennifer Guay, lawyer&quot;, I took off by myself, with my own office, my own name on my business cards; I wasn&rsquo;t part of a grouping. For that reason, the working environment, the collegiality with colleagues in the day-to-day&hellip; I missed all that, especially at the beginning of my practice.</p> <p>Another challenging aspect as a freelancer is having to put extra energy and time to make sure my work is paid for. Unlike large firms, I don&rsquo;t have an accounting department that deals with the clients who do not pay. The important thing is to establish a fee agreement with my clients, to bill regularly, to make a rigorous follow-up and not be afraid to get back to them if I see any issue coming in about payment because all work deserves to be paid.</p> <p><strong>Tell us about your work routine.</strong></p> <p>With my job, there is no real routine; every day is different. One day, I meet several clients, the next I go to the court and give a conference or one of my legal workshops. Otherwise, I prepare my files. Different tasks, in different files, in different branches of law... that&#39;s one of my favorite things with my job!</p> <p>Ultimately, you have to be structured: a paper and electronic diary, a list of tasks, an efficient system for tracking files and regularly filing the paperwork (especially with my job).</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite aspect of freelancing?</strong></p> <p>Freedom. I&rsquo;m free to choose my clients and my files, choose my work schedule, offer a competitive rate to my clients to make justice accessible for everyone and free to offer flexible appointment times. In short, I am my own boss.</p> <p>Being on my own also mean that I take care of my clients from A to Z, there is no intermediate than the receptionist to welcome them to the office. As we say as lawyers, it&rsquo;s me who lead the files from the beginning to the end, and it&#39;s exactly what I wanted!</p> <p><strong>What are the online tools you could not live without?</strong></p> <p>Social media. On Facebook, I have a professional page and a group on which I share a lot of legal information in different branches of law. My motto is to make justice accessible, this is one of the ways at my disposal. Additionally, the platform &laquo; Go Rendez-vous &raquo; makes it easy to make appointments and send reminders to my clients.</p> <p><strong>How do you find new customers?</strong></p> <p>Being a lawyer is a word-of-mouth job, so it&#39;s arduous as a freelancer&nbsp;to develop a customer base right from the start. I have clients through the referral service of my professional association, which matches a person with legal needs with a lawyer having the required skills in the specific branch of law. Also, my presence on social media allowed me to make myself known. Besides, I also provide support services to lawyers, for example, in research, writing or litigation preparation; so a part of my clientele consists of other lawyers.</p> <p><strong>How can we contact you?</strong></p> <p>On Facebook, you can read my different legal topos on my professional page &quot;Jennifer Guay,&nbsp;avocate&quot; and on my group &quot;Jennifer Guay,&nbsp;avocate (Le groupe)&quot;. You can also make an appointment for a legal consultation.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer.Guay.avocate/">https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer.Guay.avocate/</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/769100309946633/">https://www.facebook.com/groups/769100309946633/</a></p> <p>You can fill out a contact form directly at this address: <a href="https://jennifer-guay-avocate.business.site/">https://www.jenniferguayavocate.com</a></p> <p>You can also find me on the website &laquo; Juris R&eacute;f&eacute;rence &raquo;:</p> <p><a href="https://services.jurisreference.ca/fr/repertoire-des-avocats/profil/3257-jennifer-guay">https://services.jurisreference.ca/fr/repertoire-des-avocats/profil/3257-jennifer-guay</a></p> <p><strong>To conclude, what would you say to all of those who want to start as a freelancer?</strong></p> <p>This is undoubtedly not a decision to take lightly, but don&rsquo;t wait for the right time since there is none! If that&#39;s what you genuinely want, go for it!</p>

Sarah