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.
Lucas says that setting up on his own was like discovering himself again. Learning to know himself, what his goals are, and how he wants to live his life.
Right now that means trying to stay balanced in the Brazilian countryside, managing the graphic design work he does for clients alongside building his illustration portfolio.
And as for the piece of advice he’d give his younger self, it’s one we haven’t heard before: “Don’t be a bad boss to yourself,” Lucas says. That’s good advice, right? But how many of us can say we follow it?
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.
As is the case for most of us, Jae’s career hasn’t gone the way she imagined it would. Instead of going down the expected path, she ended up following her intuition and her creative interests to build a working life that means something to her.
And for Jae, it all started with the brand. The business stuff came later. We chat about how she established that brand and grew it, what it means to her, and how she’s moving forward with it now that she’s committed to being freelance.
Despite a career in marketing, Jan doesn’t market himself or his freelance business. Instead, he focuses on his network and building meaningful relationships.
We talk about work-life balance, self-development, being “perma-lance”, finding work when you’re not on social media, how to make the most of periods with no work, and what it’s like to be an associate and partner in a freelance collective.
Stephanie was forced into being freelance, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could ever have happened to her.
We chat about work-life balance and how she manages to take five vacations a year, why she still works from home even though her business is international and her team is 6-people strong, and how the best piece of advice she’s ever been given is “raise your prices”.
Alex took his time to hire a first team member, but it seems there was very little doubt it would happen eventually. He's always felt at his best when he's able to lead the way, and running his own agency had been on the cards for a while.
That agency is now made up of 6, and Alex is working with a mentor - The Secret Millionaire's Mike Greene - to manage its growth and set goals for the future.
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.
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.