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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    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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    Brand first, business second - Storyteller/Illustrator Jae Kutin (The INKtrovert)

    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.

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    Take an interest in other humans - Musician Kari Paavola

    Sometimes you find the very best advice in one of the least likely places.

    For many of our regular listeners, a drummer from Helsinki might not be an obvious guest. But it’s thinking outside the box that can often lead to breakthroughs.

    And Kari has some valuable insights that can be applied to freelancing across the board.

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    Always learning - Learning Experience Designer Cath Ellis

    Cath started out trialling freelance work alongside a full-time job. Within a month, she’d left the job behind and gone freelance full-time.

    Cath chats about working flexibly from the deck of a cruise ship, speaking at an event in Las Vegas, using plugins and apps to create quotes and proposals, and what it’s like to be always learning.

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    Build decent and expansive relationships - Strategy Consultant Jan Mikulin

    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.

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