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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    Make yourself unavoidable - Ben the Illustrator

    Ben O'Brien, started out as an illustator and animator, even forming a successful studio. But he started to get drawn away from the creative side of things in order to manage projects and people. So he went solo and 'Ben the Illustrator' was born. Ben tells us about being there for his family, making connections to peers around the world through an awesome survey and knocking on doors and using side projects and social media to make himself unavoidable.

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    Making Connections - Graphic Designer Amber Asay

    A few years ago Amber Asay felt like she'd failed at being a freelancer. Hear what changed. What she learned from being back in full time work, how she worked freelance on the side, grew her portfolio, experience, bank balance and most importantly her network. Because now, in 2018 she can't think of a better time to be a freelancer.

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    Create Your Own Rules - Brand Strategist Jenni Heffernan Brown

    Jenni Heffernan Brown has had a pretty interesting path to freelancing success. Working for mega corporations, then to graduate school with a bit of freelancing on the side, and now teaming up with another freelancer to form an agency. We chat about the importance of 'systems, systems, systems', taking time for your own creative projects, letting go by using other freelancers, taking time off and the secret to letting potential clients know what it's like to work with you.

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    Bringing Side Projects to the Centre - Developer Mark Steadman

    Mark's been freelancing on and off for years in between spells in companies, agencies and even running startups.

    He's always had side projects. And whether or not they're a 'success', the experience still feeds back into his freelance skills. But now he's bringing his podcasting project in from the side to be centre stage, giving it more 'full time' attention to make it the focus of his business.

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    Don't Panic - Virtual Assistant Jess Ostroff

    Jess knew she wanted to work on her own terms. What she didn't know, was what a virtual assistant was. And yet when an opportunity came up to be one, to work remotely and become freelance... she jumped at it. As years went by the amount of work started to overwhelm her. So she hired her own virtual assistants to help out... and her company Don't Panic Management was born.

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    Untamed Freelancing - Copywriter Karen Marston

    It feels like Karen is being freelance on her terms. With her own voice, her own style. Stress free. Quite possibly in pyjamas. Here we chat about how she got started as a copywriter, how she got started making money from courses helping other writers and how she got finished with trying to be a digital nomad.

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    Creative Mandate - Illustrator Michelle Kondrich

    Through podcasts Michelle gained the knowledge and confidence to quit the 9-to-5 and start being freelance... and now years later her own podcast Creative Playdate is helping herself and others navigate being freelance, whilst also being a parent. From starting out, reaching out and figuring it out as a freelance mum.

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    Just keep meeting people! - Podcast producer Matt Hill

    At the heart of Matt's freelance success are other people. Sure, of course he's good at what he does. He's not just made podcasts, he's both made and seized opportunities. But more importantly he's made connections when he's met people.

    Put simply: the more people you meet, the more chance you have of working with them in the future. Be that fellow freelancers or potential clients. Just keep meeting people!

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    Taking time for yourself - Virtual Assistant Annie Browne

    Tidying her child's room Annie suddenly found a name for a business. With it she found a way to make work fit with family, she found meaningful work in a remote location and found a community of other freelancers to help her along the way. Now all she has to do is find time for herself...

    Hear Annie's journey as self-employed virtual assistant 'Hello My PA', becoming one of the freelance heroes.

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    Take yourself seriously - Photographer Natalie Field

    If you don't take yourself seriously, why would your clients? South African photographer and digital artist Natalie chats about making connections, hiring other freelancers, expanding her services and wrestling with being a workaholic learning when to say 'no'.

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