My way to make money with Philippe Hezer


Philippe Hezer

Philippe Hezer

As bills don’t pay themselves an income is required, some obtain it by working for a wage, others by starting up their own business and some are so talented that they can make an income out of their hobby. In the Weekly column My way to make money we interview a student or a university employee about their job or business and ask them questions about how they experience their work.

This week we interviewed Philippe Hezer, a 22-year old masters student, who founded Ius Mosae, a legal weblog affiliated with the Maastricht University Faculty of Law. After the big success of the blog, which focuses on legal issues and persons, as well as touching upon lifestyle features, Philippe became part of the advisory board of the blog, which has since been passed on to PhD-candidates.

What a regular day looks like…
There is no such thing as a ‘regular day’ when working at Ius Mosae. One day you might be working on an article, the next day you’re discussing a contribution by a prominent legal practitioner or academic or one of your fellow students. Either way, you’ll meet a lot of people and see new things every day. I personally also spent  lot of time working on the site’s backend and troubleshooting problems.

The thing that makes the job hard…
The job can be really time consuming and at times stressful. Sometimes, authors would miss their deadline or articles would not be fit for publication, which sometimes meant I found myself improvising to meet my deadlines the evening before publication.

How I got this job…
I got the idea to start a blog when I picked up programming for the first time in years at some point during the summer holidays of 2012. I wanted to come up with a project to work towards and the idea of a weblog was quickly born. I wrote all the code from scratch and spent a few weeks working on the design. During this time, I realized there was nothing really like what I envisioned Ius Mosae to be, so I decided to approach some people at the faculty. Eventually, the faculty offered to become officially affiliated with Ius Mosae  and help with promoting my material. I got a small group of people to form an editorial board and that’s basically how Ius Mosae started.

My main reason for choosing this job…
As an editor for a weblog or a journal you get to meet a lot of interesting people and you will learn a lot doing so. You will also develop managing skills as well as a creative and entrepreneurial attitude. It’s great for your personal development.

I would say I spend…
It’s hard to give a concrete answer to the question how much time you would spend working on Ius Mosae. It really depends on the amount of contributions we would get in a month. On average, I think I spent something like 25 to 30 hours a month on Ius Mosae. As an advisory board member, it’s much less; I mostly read and discuss articles with the editorial board.

I didn’t expect the job to be…
I didn’t expect to get so much satisfaction from Ius Mosae. It’s an amazing feeling to see people are interested in something you’ve written and it’s great fun working together with others to create a great edition.

I love my job because…
It’s great fun to work on a project and very satisfying to see it grow. I met a lot of cool people and learnt a lot in doing so. It was a very satisfying experience to come up with an idea and watch it grow. I hope Ius Mosae has many great years to come.

Later in life I’ll be…
I’m currently in the final weeks of my masters. After that, I’m hoping to become a lawyer, specialising in corporate law. If all goes well, I hope to one day get a PhD as well and combine working in legal practice with academics.


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