Being Freelance
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The podcast for creative freelancers who want a better business and a better life. Pick up tips, advice and thoughts on how to make it being freelance by hearing others share their stories. Hosted by Steve Folland. Bring your ears. And cake.

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    Moving the needle every day - Lead Generation Strategist Cathy Wassell

    After being made redundant from the company she was with for 19 years, Cathy put herself through training and became a freelance social media manager. Five years later, she’s running her own digital marketing agency and has co-founded a second business - Go With The Pro, a membership site for freelance marketers.

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    We are not entrepreneurs - Content Producer Nick Saalfeld

    Many of us start out without much of a plan. Other than wanting to do fun work with good people, we’re not really sure where we’re heading. And then, for some of us, that entrepreneurial spirit kicks in and we start thinking about scaling and hiring people. But what happens when you don’t have the skill-set (or love) for the kind of work that’s involved in building something bigger?

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    Building authority - Conversion Copywriter Paige Poutiainen

    From bidding for jobs on freelance marketplace Upwork, to establishing herself as an expert and consultant, copywriter Paige has learnt how to develop her skills, build authority, and set up systems to keep everything running smoothly. She chats about the different courses and mastermind groups she’s been a part of, and shares some of her tips for scheduling, planning, and working strategically.

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    The best way to sell is not to sell - SEO Consultant Steve Morgan

    Steve caught the self-employment bug from family. He came from an agency background and started with one small client, building his business up over time. Now, he runs a meet-up, co-works, does speaking gigs, and he’s just published a book teaching freelancers how to sell without actually selling.

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    Pay what you can - Podcast Producer Steph Colbourn

    Steph began working on podcasts before they were even really a thing. With a qualification in audio arts, she spent a year producing audio and video at a marketing company before heading out on her own. Seven years later, Steph’s hired team members, spoken at a conference, and worked on lots of exciting projects. She calls it ‘lucky timing’, but maybe it has something to do with her unique approach?

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    Finding the sweet spot - Designer Tom Ross

    Tom’s freelance career began when he was just 16 years old. It’s evolved significantly since then, but not without adverse effects on his health. We chat about work-life balance, dealing with serious burnout, learning from your mistakes, and the pitfalls of Hustle Culture.

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    BONUS: Being Freelance Podcast LIVE in Manchester!

    Here's a bonus episode of the podcast, recorded live with IPSE at a WeWork in Manchester, UK, on 6th March 2019. It features previous guests Kelly Gilmour Grassam and Ian Paget of Logo Geek. How have they grown their businesses in the years since we last spoke?

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    Discovering myself again - Graphic Designer Lucas Gini

    Like many of us, Lucas often finds himself working too much. And despite living in the countryside in Brazil, he says it’s keeping a good balance that’s the most difficult thing about being freelance.

    We chat about how he manages his workload, what his plans are for the future, and how a school illustration project he took on led to having a book published and distributed to schools across Brazil.

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    Big juicy clients - Graphic Designer Lyndsey Yates

    What do you get when you connect community-minded freelancers who like working collaboratively?

    You get a collective, that’s what. It’s a bit like an agency, but with more freedom and shared responsibilities.

    Lyndsey formed her collective because she wanted to open herself up to some new opportunities. Bigger clients and meatier work. Let’s find out how it’s going, shall we?

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    There's no nobility in doing it all yourself - Squarespace designer Jared Gold

    Realising he was the bottleneck that was preventing his business from growing, Jared Gold took action. He now runs two design companies and is finding ways to use his own time more effectively. Jared talks about learning to prioritise sales ahead of exploring new systems and processes, learning from business books and industry experts, and working with a team of freelancers to scale his business.

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