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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    Sink or swim - Designer Evan MacDonald

    Evan had always intended to work freelance full-time, having taken gigs on the side of employment for years. When he and his wife relocated to Argentina, it was time for Evan to make the switch.

    With 4 daughters under 10 and not much of a financial buffer, it was a risk. Has it paid off?

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    It works until it doesn't - Copywriter Hillary Weiss

    From undercharging and overdelivering, to high-end projects that give her the time and space she needs, Hillary’s sculpting a business that helps her live her own version of success.

    She chats to Steve about how she got there; including learning from past mistakes, seeking out mentors and coaches, and building a small, proactive team, all while developing boundaries, confidence and self-awareness.

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    Zig-zagging along - Graphic Designer David Dooley

    David runs his freelance design business from a spare desk in an architecture firm in Mexico. He’s originally from Ireland, but when he fell in love on an around the world trip, the flexibility of freelancing meant he could relocate to be with his girlfriend.

    He chats to Steve about how he got to where he is now, including freelancing on the side of full-time jobs and working on the road while he saw the world.

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    Making your own rules - Copywriter Robbie King

    Robbie swapped agency life in London for the beaches of Thailand when he upped sticks and set out on his own. He enjoyed his work and wanted to follow a creative path, but he needed more control over his time.

    Armed only with a lump of savings and some marketable skills that he’d picked up at university, Robbie took the leap and figured out as he went along.

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    That first taste of bacon - Motion Designer Devon Moodley

    Devon was hooked from the beginning. He worked full-time for several years while freelancing on the side, but eventually, the FOMO got too much.

    When a friend’s mum told him “You can always make money, but you can’t always make memories,” Devon was convinced. He gave up his full-time job at Xero, moved to another country, and set out on his own. This is his story so far.

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    BONUS - Community Q&A with Kate Toon and Paul Jarvis

    We've had some amazing Live Q&As in the Being Freelance Community this year. So as a bonus here's just some of the amazing answers Paul Jarvis and Kate Toon gave to questions poised by freelancers in the group. Don't miss out, come and join us!

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    Say yes and then work it out - Illustrator Melanie Chadwick

    Mel’s lived in Hong Kong, Aberdeen, Falmouth, and now Porthleven, with each new location bringing fresh inspiration for her career as a freelance illustrator.

    As well as taking on commissions, Mel’s experimented with running workshops and selling products. And, like Steve, Mel’s documented her freelance journey on YouTube, where she also publishes a video interview series with creatives in her local area.

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    Get started sooner - Copywriter Leif Kendall

    Leif started freelancing on the side around a full-time job. 11 years later, freelancing is his full-time job and he now runs a successful side project, too.

    Leif is the director of ProCopywriters, a professional association with over 850 members. He chats to Steve about how he got started being freelance, how he’s found work and built up his business, and how he manages to run ProCopywriters alongside it.

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    An umbrella of skills - Experience Designer Stefano Bellucci Sessa

    Stefano went freelance after 4 years in an agency, after realising he wanted more control over the projects he took on. He’s an Italian living in London, and he says it’s meeting people at local events that has allowed him to find clients and build his business.

    He’s done work around mindset, values and well-being too, and he shares some important reflections on how we can all be a bit kinder to ourselves as freelancers.

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