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 listening to how others are finding their experience. We suspect it's a cover for freelancer Steve Folland to have some company once a week as he chats to others about being freelance. Bring your ears. And cake.

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    Freelancing on the side - Web Developer Carson Shold

    Carson has always freelanced on the side. Chasing the cash and the creativity that freelance opportunities would bring whilst still studying or working full time. He's learned how to find the good clients, set expectations, communicate and avoid work overload (eventually).

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    Whatever it takes - Composer Grant Kirkhope

    Composer Grant Kirkhope has spent the past 20 years not just making video games music, but making a name for himself.

    From the lessons and habits learned as an in-house ‘staff composer’, to breaking out as a freelancer in a new country, looking for opportunities, an agent and a day off.

It may seem like a series of ‘happy accidents’ but it’s a tale of persistence, creativity and professionalism. Doing whatever it takes to get the job.

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    Finding Funding & Belief - Photographer Nisha Haq

    Nisha was the winner of the IPSE UK Freelancer of the Year 2017 Aspire award. 'Aspire' is all about recognising and supporting young, up and coming self-employed talent. We hear a snapshot of how Nisha got started as a photogapher: finding funding (without a loan in sight), and with it, finding community, clients and self belief.

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    Finding Balance - Freelance Illustrator Holly Exley

    Holly chats about first finding enough freelance work to hang up her waitress apron... and now finding balance from all of that work. We chat about the mental challenges, relocating, making YouTube videos and... dogs.

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    Get out and meet people - Infographics Designer Caroline Beavon

    Redundancy isn't the end. It's a new beginning. For Caroline that meant retuning and retraining from radio to design. Key to surviving both business and relocation has been Caroline's ability to get out there and meet people. Not networking. It's meeting people. One person can make a difference.

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    Hype a Loop - Animator Chris Phillips

    Chris Phillips, or 'crispe' is an illustrator and animator based in Sydney, Australia. Chris' gif loops have been viewed millions of times on the likes of Giphy, Dribbble, Behance, and Instagram. That side project led to big projects after an agent came knocking. We chat about dealing with clients, being paid, switching off and getting out - or not.

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    Time is money - Editor Rose Parkin

    As an editor in publishing Rose is used to reshaping people's words. She's also done it with her life. Cutting out the full time job for flexibility as a working mum. Stripping out the management role to focus on the work she enjoys. Reforming her hourly rate and rejecting the projects that won't hit it. Whilst creating The Freelancer's Cookbook.. well, that's a whole new tasty chapter in itself.

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    What to remember when things get tough - Filmmaker Ben Warburton

    Early on, London based filmmaker Ben started juggling life as a freelancer and studying. Here, he chats about working for free and how he transitioned that to paid gigs. How collaborating with others can inspire him both creatively and in business. Plus, coping with cashflow and the pressures of travelling for work... and knowing when to say 'no'.

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    Blogging Boost - Graphic Designer Lauren Hooker

    After six months of struggling to get her freelance career off the ground, Lauren started blogging. Every day. For a year. It took off. Her diary booked up months ahead and a waiting list of clients for her business Elle & Company. We chat about using a business coach, content marketing, hiring assistants, evolving a passive income stream and more.

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    Don't let Freelance fill all your time - Graphic Designer Jon Hicks

    After 15 years of being freelance has given Jon plenty of thoughts to share. The benefits of long term gigs versus variety, the way he found other freleancers to set up a coworking space. From freelancing as a dad with babies to when their teenagers. Portfolio polishing, book writing, conference speaking, side project creating, payment chasing. Don't let freelance fill all your spare time. At least let some of it be filled listening to this.

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