1 04 2009

Its been a strange week this week. My new job which previous to this week, was going swimmingly, is now not looking quite so rosy. My boss informed me and my colleagues that she has no further funds to pay our wages until she can reign in new customers. It is a shame because as a start-up web design business it shows a lot of promise, and there is very big niche in the market for us. As a measure of damage control, we designed a marketing campaign for her tackle all the small-business owners in Cairns, and offer them a low-cost, high quality basic website, to gain web-presence (See Digital Kitchen). Hopefully, even with a moderate success rate, it should allow the business to start up again, and allow us to continue adding to our portfolio and hopefully pitch to higher profile customers. It slightly annoys me that I couldn’t do more to prevent this situation happening, but being part of a start-up company is always going to be a huge learning experience for anyone, and despite the results at the moment, the experience has been very valuable.

The side effects of this extend to our longer term plans because we rely on the steady income I was receiving to pay the rent and upkeep of us both. April has been very unlucky as she hasn’t had any luck in finding work, and is doing everything she can to keep herself sane. It has got to the point where we have now been in Cairns for a whole month, and find ourselves in a worse financial situation than when we arrived. Given the lack of work, and reliability of exisiting work we are seriously considering uprooting to one of the bigger cities where work might be more abundant and more suited to our skills. Its a shame because Cairns is a beautiful place and we have had some excellent times and met some wonderful people, but the type of work available isn’t well paid and there is an abundance of cheap labour (backpackers) willing to do it.

For now, I will be enjoying some time off, and taking the time to make some enquiries regarding work in other cities, and enjoying the last days with our good friends and flatmates Felix and Thorsten who are due to fly home to Germany tomorrow morning.





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