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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    Launch and learn - Creative Xanthe Berkeley

    After taking a career break to start a family, Xanthe was ready for a change. Office life was no longer appealing, and she soon found herself building a freelance photography business.

    That business has developed over time, and Xanthe now produces creative visual campaigns for brands like Boden, Cath Kidston, and Etsy UK, while also teaching film making and finding time for personal projects.

    She never had much of a plan, but she gets that you’ve got to give something a try if you want to learn more.

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    Know your personal value - Web Designer Dave Smyth

    Dave’s been a freelance web designer for around 5 years now, and he’s picked up a lot of practical knowledge in that time. When he’s not busy sharing that knowledge with others on social media, he’s working on his new project, Work Notes, a collection of articles and resources for freelancers.

    We chat about the importance of contracts, Dave’s experience using Upwork, some of his favourite resources, and how he handles working with clients based overseas.

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    Sharing the hats - UX Designer Mariana Morris

    Most freelancers embrace the opportunity to work independently. They avoid growth, preferring instead to stay the one-man (or -woman) band that allows them to avoid paying someone else’s salary.

    Mariana isn’t most freelancers. She’s moved to an agency model because she believes she can do greater work when she’s part of a team. And she’s determined to create the perfect environment in which that team can thrive.

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    Better, not bigger - Writer Paul Jarvis

    “I don’t want busy to be my default state,” says Paul Jarvis, and he’s built a body of work to help other freelancers achieve the same.

    Paul began his freelance career as a web designer, but now he’s a writer and published author who produces podcasts and online courses.

    In his book, Company of One, Paul explores the idea that, if you want to live a fulfilling life and you prioritise time over money, your goal should be to build a better business, not a bigger one.

    This is the story of how he built his very own Company of One.

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    Get paid upfront - Professional Know-it-all Kat Molesworth

    There are side hustlers and multi-hyphenates, and then there’s Kat. Photographer, blogger, consultant, podcast host, YouTuber, DJ, conference founder, wife and mother of three… there’s no easy way to define how Kat makes a living.

    And isn’t that the beauty of freelance life? It takes away the limits and puts you in control of where you take your career.

    For Kat, that’s meant being able to pursue all fun and creative ideas she has. Find out how she got started and how she continues to make it work, even when late payments threaten everything.

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    Location Independent - Copywriter Kelly Dunning

    Digital nomad Kelly has been travelling the world on a freelance income since 2011. After beginning her freelance career taking bottom-of-the-rung jobs from content mills, she’s climbed the ladder building a business that supports her lifestyle travelling the world.

    Kelly says freelancing is a never ending puzzle. And that’s a good thing. She’s got plenty of clues to help you in this episode.

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    Remember why you started - Illustrator Martha Williams

    Illustrator Martha Williams set out to build a freelance business that would give her opportunities to explore and experiment with her work.

    We talk about how she’s made that happen, including how she’s changed her personality to become more organised, learned to set boundaries and protect her own time and work, and got her head around the finance side of being freelance.

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    35 side projects and counting - Documentary Producer Jay Acunzo

    Giving a man like Jay the job title “Documentary Producer” is about as reductive as it gets, but how do you put a label on someone who does so much?

    Beginning his career as a sports journalist and going on to work in marketing with companies like Google and HubSpot, Jay is now a freelance show maker, creating video and audio for brands. He’s also an author, podcaster, blogger, and keynote speaker, producing work that covers the creative side of marketing.

    But the most interesting thing about Jay? Despite how it may seem from the outside, he doesn’t have it all figured out. Hear him open up about a recent confidence crisis, and find out how he overcame it with support form his newly appointed “Manager of Awesome.”

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    Change the way you think - Designer Caitlin McEvoy

    Nottingham-based designer Caitlin freelances around a full-time job. While it helps her put money aside for a rainy day, this goes beyond boosting her income. Once a finalist in IPSE’s Freelancer of the Year awards and now the designer behind a clothing range that promotes mental well-being, she’s doing her bit to make a positive change.

    Hear Caitlin open up about her own mental health story and how it’s driven her to do work that makes a difference.

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    Is freelancing child's play? - Kids' App Designer Chris O'Shea

    When it comes to freelance life, Chris has done it three ways. From working out of a bedroom in his parent’s home straight out of college, to building a name for himself and making it big in London. Chris is now settled in Somerset, where he manages his third business alongside being a stay-at-home dad of two.

    Chris isn’t just designing games. He’s designing a work life that fits his family.

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