We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Alenius and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I love a challenge, and I think that’s why I haven’t been afraid of taking risks in my life and career. I moved abroad when I was 19 years old and have been living in Spain, Malta, and the United States since then. Moving to a new country without knowing anyone has always been a risk in itself, but I loved the feeling of exploring new and unknown territory. My friends think I am a bit weird when I prefer to travel by myself, haha. I have been on many trips, both shorter and some that lasted for months, all by myself. One of the best things I know is to drive across the US and spend weeks in my car, exploring new places. It may be a risk, especially alone as a girl, but I love the feeling of freedom!
For me, it was also a risk to open my business. I am very impulsive, and I took a shot leaving a regular job with a stable income and becoming self-employed. At first, I did not have that many clients or projects, but it turned out to be worth the risk in the long run. I started to work early, without having a college degree, and I knew that was a risk while promoting my company. During the years, I have made sure to study while working, and I am proud to have been working on a Bachelor’s Degree while working more than full-time.
I firmly believe that you need to take risks if you want to succeed. Of course, you lose some, and you win some. But if you never tried and stepped out of your comfort zone, you will never see what’s on the other side!
What should our readers know about your business?
I decided to open my own company because I wanted to have the freedom to be my own boss. For me, it is important to decide my work hours and be able to work remotely. I travel a lot, and I always bring my work with me. I love having the opportunity to work from a sunbed in Bali or from a café in Paris. It is the variation and possibilities my business offers that make me want to succeed more.
I have been working in the iGaming business for seven years, and I knew I wanted to stay within the industry, so I decided to become self-employed. When I first left a regular office job, it was a challenge to know if I could make it independently. But it turned out to be a lot easier than I first thought. I struggled the first year, but I managed to have enough income to live in Bali and travel all over Asia for seven months. Today I work together with other iGaming companies as a freelancer or consultant, and I love it. I work with SEO, translations, web editing and create a lot of content – which suits me perfectly since I love writing. I am also an aspiring author, writing on my first book that I hope will get published in the future. Since I plan my work, I make sure to have enough time over for writing and achieving all of my personal goals!
The only thing I would have changed if I could go back and do something differently would be opening my own company a lot earlier!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arizona has so much to offer! My absolute favorite place is Sedona, a little hidden gem in the middle of the state. The road south from Flagstaff leads to Route 89, where you will reach a perfect photo spot before driving down the winding roads from the mountain. When reaching the bottom of the hill, you will find the place filled with beautiful hiking trails along the river. You will reach Sedona a few miles down the road, and the place is absolutely breathtaking! Enjoy some great food while looking over the red canyons. I recommend staying at Sky Rock Inn of Sedona. The hotel bar has the best view overlooking the mountains.
Another favorite thing to do in Arizona would, of course, be driving Route 66. The small road between Topock and Kingman has beautiful nature, and it feels like being back in time. Of course, a must is to stop in Oatman, a small Western town in the middle of nowhere. Make sure to say hi to the donkeys roaming freely on the streets.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout would have to go to my mom and dad! Without their constant support and love, I would never have been where I am today. I know that they are sad that I left my home country, Sweden, so early, but it means the world to me that they have supported my decision. I believe that moving around the world and living in different countries has made me feel more at home with myself, and I will forever be grateful for having such amazing and supportive parents.