Welcome to The Workfarce!
An online space for students, freelancers, and 9-to-5ers looking for thoughts and advice on how to create a better career.
Sounds great, but who are you?
Nice to meet you! I’m Billy Frazier. I live in St. Louis. I’m a thirtysomething millennial. I enjoy finding gluten-free blueberry cake donuts that aren’t gross. I like brainstorming bad business ideas with friends, coffee chats with strangers, weekly movie nights, reading and writing (almost) every day, fumbling my way through a new city with my wife, and sharing my favorite books, movies, shows, cartoons, video games, podcasts, Twitter threads, snacks, or cocktails I can get my grubby little hands on. I also make weird sounds with my mouth next to four guys who can sing, but that’s a story for another time.
That’s cool, but what do you actually do?
There’s that question. You see, it’s a little complicated. Like most well-adjusted humans, I started off in customer service. I bagged groceries, made pizzas, slung drinks to college kids, waited tables, sold books, moved furniture, kept kids from peeing in a pool. And yes, I once proudly wore the badge of “hostess” at a shitty steakhouse during college.
After graduating with a major in graphic design, I fumbled head over heels into full-time freelancing which means I’ve made a living illustrating posters and prints, building brands, laying out websites, designing apps, writing blog posts, leading workshops, throwing summer camps, starting (and ending) companies, and pretty much everything else in-between. I've even fired the big man upstairs as a client. True story.
These days, I’m a senior experience design consultant at a global consulting firm which is a fancy way of saying I help big companies design products, services, and experiences while helping people work smarter together. Outside of that, I’m always working on a few side projects and I write about everything I’ve picked up along the way. The common thread throughout all of it is that I’m passionate about helping people answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” no matter how old they are.
Why did you start The Workfarce?
You see, in Corporate America, everyone’s keeping a big secret.
You might not know what it is because there’s a massive wall protecting it and it was made by a bunch of people whose livelihoods depends on keeping it. But it’s there, and it’s a big, fat, juicy one.
What’s the secret? Everything’s made up.
From Fortune 500 CEOs to the endless sea of white tech bros, we’re all playing pretend. We’re walking around in (pant)suits, carrying empty briefcases, using made up buzzwords just because “we’ve always done it this way.”
It’s easy to think everyone else is smarter, more capable, and knows something you don’t, but I’m here to tell you that’s simply not true. You are just as smart, capable, and I promise — you can figure everything else out.
It’s time we had an open conversation about how to make the world of work work for you.
That's why my goal with this newsletter is to tear down this wall brick-by-brick, welcome everyone in, and help you find your place, no matter who you are or where you're from. (cue the Backstreet Boys)
What do I get when I subscribe?
When you subscribe, you’ll get a smattering of work-related posts ranging from career advice that doesn’t suck to breakdowns of people you meet in the crazy world of work.
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