Being Freelance
Freelance 20podcast 20300

For the full site - please visit www.beingfreelance.com
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.

  1. Thumb 1513443043 artwork

    Secrets of Sharing - Social Media Consultant Uli Schulz

    For German freelancer Uli, it all started with sharing. Using Twitter to share and make reality her dream of living and working in London. Since then she's been sharing work spaces, sharing in communities, sharing thoughts, groups, content, challenges, knowledge and now she shares it with us.

  2. Thumb 1512291021 artwork

    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).

  3. Thumb 1511100478 artwork

    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.

  4. Thumb 1510472739 artwork

    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.

  5. Thumb 1509876758 artwork

    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.

  6. Thumb 1508614817 artwork

    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.

  7. Thumb 1507922703 artwork

    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.

  8. Thumb 1507322279 artwork

    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.

  9. Thumb 1506887901 artwork

    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'.

  10. Thumb 1500791787 artwork

    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.

  11. Thumb 1500158547 artwork

    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.

  12. Thumb 1499530645 artwork

    Start A Cowork Group - Squarespace Developer Katy Carlisle

    After six months of working remotely from home on her company, Katy realised she needed company. Eventually she founded a weekly pop-up co-work group called Freelance Folk. And that's exactly who she found as fellow freelancers heard about it and joined her. We also chat about taking on her niche, taking risks and taking the train with a forest of cardboard furniture.

  13. Thumb 1498981086 artwork

    It takes time - UX Designer Anton Sten

    It's our 100th episode! It's taken time to get this far and that's something Swedish freelancer Anton knows all good, long lasting things need. Be it a newsletter, a business, a reputation....

    Anton shares his story - through finances, workloads, positioning... mastering freelance. Taking time.

  14. Thumb 1498289151 artwork

    Adapt to your clients - Photographer Tara Sura

    Adapting her services to what her clients need. Meeting them. Listening to them. Partnering with other freelancers to collaborate or refer work. While finding community and support in these relationships. This is the studio of Fork & Dram - tuck into the freelance experience of Tara Sura.

  15. Thumb 1497726387 artwork

    Strip it back - Web Developer Matthew Brennan

    After starting out portraying himself as an agency that covered everything graphic & web design, Matthew's discovered a) his natural niche of web development and b) that clients prefer knowing they're working with an individual. He's stripped it back: dropped the 'everything' offering, refocused, rebranded and revoiced as 'I'.

  16. Thumb 1497169411 artwork

    Being every role - Illustrator Emmeline Pidgen

    Since leaving university Emmeline has been freelance, building her online presence and her business. In 2016 she was named as the UK's Freelancer of the Year by IPSE - here she chats about her side projects, making the most of the quiet spells and how she enjoys being every role in the business. Even the accounts.

  17. Thumb 1496477006 artwork

    Fitting work around life - Copywriter Rachel Ingram

    Rachel always wanted to work for herself. Once she decided to' take the plunge and make a success of it' there was still plenty to learn, like pricing, getting paid, client relationships and, you know, helicopters. Hear how she fits work around life, instead of the other way round.

  18. Thumb 1495917399 artwork

    Instagram Stories - Designer Jimmy Bryant

    Second time round at freelancing Jimmy knew he needed to put himself out there and found a use for Instagram. Since then, people around the world have found him and his work - and he's found his voice. Hear the lessons he's learnt as he set out to diversify his income from band merch to his own products and beyond.

  19. Thumb 1495265658 artwork

    Little Things Every Day - Digital Marketer Josh Hoffman

    US digital marketer Josh took his skills, took his definition of success and took his passport as he travelled the world on a journey of epic freelancing. Currently in Bangkok he shares how acting locally whilst thinking globally transformed his business. Doing the little things every day of creating, networking and... living.

  20. Thumb 1494660059 artwork

    Wise Words - Marketer Luan Wise

    After years of agency and in-house experience, Luan stepped out into being freelance. A story of spotting opportunities, maintaining relationships and self development underlines her solo career. She shares her experience hiring coaches, writing a book, speaking, making courses by herself and alongside LinkedIn - and above all, thinking like a business.

  21. Thumb 1494098623 artwork

    My work is my life - Illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi

    Tokyo based illustrator and painter Tatsuro has been freelance since leaving art college 25 years ago. Working remotely with clients around the world long before the internet made it the norm. He chats about adapting his style to get the work he wanted, being fine with being a workaholic and the need to look after ourselves.

  22. Thumb 1493538248 artwork

    Bouncing Back - App Developer Jason Kneen

    In 2000 Jason and (his now wife) Hannah started 'Bouncing Fish'. Working first as freelancers it grew into an agency with a big team, big office and when the financial crash at the end of the decade came... a big problem. Hear how Jason bounced back as a freelancer vowing never to let it happen again. Working from home with his four children (and a Tardis toilet) not too far away - we chat work/life balance, side projects, speaking, writing, a freelancer website and more...

  23. Thumb 1492845507 artwork

    Draw on your experience - Illustrator Jess Engle

    Jess spent the first decade of her career in the corporate world. She did branding, marketing and advertising for global businesses . Now, she's a freelance illustrator, documenting her creative business journey on YouTube as 'Studio Jess' in Austin, Texas. Hear how she finally managed to make the move into following (and earning from) her passion.

  24. Thumb 1489872317 artwork

    For The Hell Of It - Writer Bryce Bladon

    Bryce is the freelance writer behind the Clients From Hell blog and podcast... but how the devil did he get to where he is today? He takes us through the isolation, the daily marketing habit of reaching out and how actually - maybe getting a job with an agency might have been a good idea.

  25. Thumb 1489267886 artwork

    Daily Vlogging - Designer Ran Segall

    Ran is a designer working amongst the start-up community of Tel Aviv. As part of that he also works on his own start-up and products. For a year Ran's been documenting his freelance life with a daily YouTube vlog purely for the joy of creating. What really brings him work... is making friends. And a lot of lunches.

  26. Thumb 1488663725 artwork

    The Code Guy - Software Engineer Paul Allington

    Paul shares his journey from agency life, to freelance life... to forming an agency... to losing it... to going solo as The Code Guy and becoming IPSE Freelancer of the Year. And that's not even all of it... So grab a cup of tea... did we mention the digital product yet? So grab a cup of tea (it's what he'd want) and enjoy!

  27. Thumb 1487453729 artwork

    Freelance Mum - Voiceover Artist Faye Dicker

    Faye is a radio presenter turned freelance voiceover artist. Borrowing money to build her own studio, she's since built her reputation, her business and now her family too. With that she's also created 'Freelance Mum' - part of which is networking events where it's okay to bring your kids.

  28. Thumb 1486832663 artwork

    Stop Being So Available! - Communications Strategist Emelie Fågelstedt

    An offer of a freelance project whilst Emelie was still at uni kicked off a 7 year journey. From managing Social to strategising and forming a 'networked agency'. From Stockholm, to Tokyo, to London. Exploring the world, expanding her business. Learning to not always be 'so available' - there's more to life than work.

  29. Thumb 1486238417 artwork

    The Adventures of Superlogoboy - Branding Designer Paddy McGrath

    Paddy spent 10 years in agency life working his way towards the top... and then looked down at the view and decided to take a leap into being freelance. He'd grown too far from the actual creativity. He couldn't control what his day looked like. He wanted to grow a beard. A really big beard. Through dedicated learning, taking action and, well, working 6 days a week - Superlogoboy is soaring to success.

  30. Thumb 1485640404 artwork

    Vlog Like A Boss - Amy Schmittauer

    Hear how Amy went from being the person in town who knew about Facebook... to being a YouTuber, international speaker, video consultant and influencer. Look, when Gary Vaynerchuk is giving you a quote for the front of your book - you know you're doing something right.

  31. Thumb 1484999517 artwork

    People, Process, Product - Motion Designer Adrian Thompson

    Having started out as a freelance motion designer, creating videos in the San Francisco Bay area, Adrian realised all the things he didn't like about the industry and setting out to create a studio of his own that would change that. Putting people and process at the heart of his team's creations. From there he sought 'passive income' action, building digital products and thinks every freelancer should think about doing the same.

  32. Thumb 1484393982 artwork

    You're A Startup - UX Designer Katrin Suess

    Katrin has used life as a freelancer to travel from her native Germany and is currently based in Sydney, Australia. Having founded her own Startups she now treats herself as the product, herself as the Startup. Katrin shares her journey and lessons learned in her work as a UX Designer and Startup mentor.

  33. Thumb 1482049182 artwork

    Career Reboot - Illustrator Kirk Wallace

    Having trained in computer science, Kirk came to realise it was the visual design of software and sites that he most enjoyed. So he rebooted his career - self-taught how to develop as an illustrator, designer and businessman. He shares his journey including the results of experiments with working space, social media and pricing.

  34. Thumb 1481353804 artwork

    6AM Side Projects - Femke van Schoonhoven

    Femke manages to fit in a lot alongside her full time remote design job. Freelance clients, a podcast, speaking, blogging, attending conferences, a social life and a cat. She shares her story: from New Zealand to Amsterdam, forming a 'studio' with her boyfriend, dispanding a studio with her boyfriend, growing in confidence, growing an audience. The power of connection. The power of reflection. Making goals. Making time. Listen. Just do it.

  35. Thumb 1480801572 artwork

    The Value of Value - Data Visualisation Specialist Andy Kirk

    In 2010 Andy started a blog exploring his passion for data visualisation. It led to a huge multi-national knocking on his door as his first client and that gave him the confidence to visualise life being freelance. Hear Andy discuss the pressures of pricing, knowing when to hire others and the value of writing books on your subject.

  36. Thumb 1480170373 artwork

    Creative Block - Illustrator Emma Block

    When a 16 year old Emma started sharing her artwork on her blog, she had no idea how quickly she'd turn from teenager to freelancer and ultimately from freelancer into 'influencer'! Hear the way she's diversified her income, copes with an RSI and shares tips on social marketing (including great success with Instagram Stories).

  37. Thumb 1479594130 artwork

    Taking The Plunge - Photographer Matt Porteous

    How does a builder from Jersey end up photographing a future King? Hear how Matt took the plunge, followed his passion, knocked on doors and took every job that came his way. Nowadays Matt's joined forces with other freelancers to form a studio that allows them to be creative and take on even more work. His passion for travel and underwater photography still shines through and it's all going swimmingly.

  38. Thumb 1478986620 artwork

    Blogging & Business Chops - Motion Designer Austin Saylor

    A year before he went freelance, Austin started blogging. Not only did it give him a space to document and reflect on his progress, but it brought him connections that referred him for work. Since then expanding his network through conferences has done the same. He continues to think big, experiment, grow and develop his business chops.

  39. Thumb 1477166301 artwork

    Instagram Changed My Life - Writer & Photographer Sara Tasker

    When Sara went on maternity leave it wasn't just her child that was born. A business was too. Her story shows what can happen when you find and connect with your people, with your audience. Her instagram followers have given her the ability to quit her 'day job' and follow her passion for photography and writing (and a whole lot more!)

  40. Thumb 1476565986 artwork

    Self Developer - Developer Sara Soueidan

    How do you go from having no idea of a career... to becoming Net Awards Developer of the Year? In just a couple of years?! For Lebanese freelancer Sara it's been a journey of self development as much as anything she's done for the web. Hear her story of learning, sharing, writing, speaking, teaching, creating... and then learning some more.

  41. Thumb 1475870100 artwork

    Portfolio Power - Illustrator & Designer Paddy Donnelly

    Paddy left agency life behind to satifsy a craving for creativity and diversity in his work. Dividing his time between home and co-work spaces, between client work and his own passionate side projects, all the time keeping his portfolio fresh.

  42. Thumb 1475357188 artwork

    AdWords With Yourself - Speech Writer Adrian Simpson

    A freelancer for many years, from magazine junior to TV presenter and wordsmith. Adrian shares his story from Top Gear to top wedding speech writer. Plus, how he invests in Google marketing to get himself found and third party reviews on his site to prove he's worth finding.

  43. Thumb 1474662713 artwork

    Start Up A Meetup - Developer Louise Swift

    Ful-stack web developer Louise didn't know any other freelancers... so she started a meetup. From that came confidence, fun, growth, friends, collaborations, work and even a business partner. Hear how she got started with the event, manages as part of a double header company and stays focused daily.

  44. Thumb 1474058499 artwork

    Creating Your Own Platform - Writer & Filmmaker Andrew White

    Freelancing for the best part of 20 years has seen Andrew go from filming anything corporate for money to shooting his passion and creating exactly the kind of content he wants to be known for, finding his own audience and building his own platform. With 'Walks Around Britain' he can choose his own path and enjoy the freelance opportunities that find him along the way.

  45. Thumb 1473489424 artwork

    Printing Profit - Pattern Designer Elizabeth Silver

    After a decade in New York, pattern designer Elizabeth swapped the city for the country and a regular job for being freelance. Despite her industry experience, it felt like starting all over with a new career. She shares her tips on marketing, diversifying her income streams and making it all with persistence.

  46. Thumb 1472885629 artwork

    Epic Mistakes - Developer Lee Jackson

    After going freelance, Lee went from undervaluing himself and ignoring his family... to building an agency and reclaiming his weekends. Learning from epic mistakes, facing his fears, nailing his niche and using podcasting to build his reputation and his business.

  47. Thumb 1472291913 artwork

    Worth The Risk - Journalist & Coach Janet Murray

    After starting out as a teacher, Janet made her dream of becoming a national press journalist a reality. Years later and now she's helping small businesses grow and get media attention as a PR coach. Full of ambition and a think it, do it attitude, Janet shares her story and tips on building a network and community from scratch with hard work, content marketing and risk taking.

  48. Thumb 1471034713 artwork

    Power Of The Network - Digital Marketer Ben Matthews

    From agency life to a freelance partnership with his wife that's seen him work with the likes of the UN. Ben's built a successful career on the back of his network and delivering great work. He shares his experience of controlling growth by steadily oustourcing work and dabbling with the digital nomad lifestyle.

  49. Thumb 1470430478 artwork

    Tweet Chat - Social Media Consultant Pippa Akram

    Pippa created a freelance social media business when she saw the need. The need of businesses local to her and the need of her family for her to have flexible hours. In amongst her story, 'Social Pip' shares her tips for using local or industry niche Tweet Chats to grow your network and business online. Plus we hear how she reigns in potenial growth to stay true to the reason she went freelance in the first place.

  50. Thumb 1469909943 artwork

    Content To Grow - Copywriter Kelly Gilmour-Grassam

    Having begun freelancing whilst still at university, Kelly realised if she was going to be doing this for the next 40 years then she needed a plan. She needed to build a business that would increase her income beyond her own billable hours and that would keep her enjoying it. Crowned young IPSE Freelancer Of The Year 2015, Kelly shares great freelance tips and insight as she outsourced, took on an employee, joined trade bodies and more so that her company 'Making You Content' was making her content as well.

  51. Thumb 1469132095 artwork

    Mused by Mouse - Graphic Designer Millie Cooper

    There's nothing quiet about this Mouse. Millie's love of graphic and web design is amplified by her passion for business itself. Millie shares great tips for using Instagram and LinkedIn to grow. Plus, from her base in Sydney, hear how she's built a remote team of freelancers around the world to help evolve 'Design By Mouse' even further.

  52. Thumb 1468650325 artwork

    Diversify - Digital Trainer Ben Halsall

    There's a lot in here: how Ben carved out a name for himself when moving to a new country; how he diversified his offering so he could be location independent and protected for the future; how he developed online training in various forms and uses YouTube for marketing and income.

    And yet through it all... with much honesty, admits he isn't always motivated at all.

  53. Thumb 1468048240 artwork

    Just Get On With It - Illustrator Sarah McIntyre

    How do you go from working for a Russian newspaper to creating successful picture books? By getting on with it! Sarah doesn't wait for things to happen, she makes them happen. Hear how she gets stuck in with communities on and offline, challenges herself, promotes herself and fights the corner for up and coming freelance illustrators too.

  54. Thumb 1467439620 artwork

    Flash Arghhhhh - Animator Timmy Allen

    When his band broke up, he learned Flash. When Flash was killed by Apple (arrrrghhh!), he taught himself After Effects. When his little girl came along, he started learning how to juggle freelancing and his family. Now, he's wondering what's next. In this episode Timmy shares great freelance tips on putting your work out there, nailing accurate time and budget estimates and being proactively creative to get new work with old clients.

  55. Thumb 1466879840 artwork

    Growing - Social Media Consultant Alison Battisby

    Alison began in social media at the beginning of social media itself, setting up the first Facebook pages for major brands. From within agencies, she sowed the seeds for a successful freelance career: now managing, training and speaking for a range of clients. Now those seeds have sprouted Avocado Social. As a brand she's growing in confidence, growing her team and growing her audience. Hear how she markets herself and Avocado and finally enjoys the fruits of her labour.

  56. Thumb 1466110447 artwork

    A Brush With Success - Illustrator Kyle T. Webster

    Kyle built up a successful career as a freelance illustrator for major advertising agencies and the likes of The New Yorker... and then he had kids. He soon realised he needed to create things on a bigger scale and that took him on a fascinating journey of trial and error with digital products of various kinds. Now, illustrators around the world create their work using his Kylebrush.com Adobe Photoshop brushes. See what you can draw from his experiences.

  57. Thumb 1465590208 artwork

    Got Your Triangle In Shape? - Photographer Phill Allen

    Hear how university lecturer 'Mister Phill' reluctantly photographed a wedding... and then another... and then... well, seven years later chats to us. His 'triangular' approach to client acquisition is really worth thinking about for your own freelance business.

  58. Thumb 1465077426 artwork

    Be Visible - Brand Strategist Kaye Putnam

    As a US military wife, being freelance suits Kaye perfectly. Wherever in the world she might find herself, she has the ability to work remotely with clients to help them build their brands. She shares really great tips on remote working, branding and how she's used content marketing to build her business.

  59. Thumb 1464330494 artwork

    Seriously Social - Digital Marketer Ian Anderson Gray

    How do you go from taking to a small stage in your home city to speaking at the world's largest social media conference in the US, just a year later? Hear from the Digital Marketer, Social Media Consultant, Speaker, Blogger and Web Developer that is Ian Anderson Gray. How he got seriously social about growing his business.

  60. Thumb 1463863973 artwork

    Smart Processes - Coach Emma Cossey

    Freelance writer turned career & life coach Emma takes us through automating her processes, creating online courses, hiring a VA and getting work done as a new mum. Plenty of freelance tips and a reminder that for all her content creation, it's those referrals that are key. Oh. And eating frogs.

  61. Thumb 1463255217 artwork

    Get Heard, Get Hired - Composer Akash Thakkar

    Akash shares the networking tip that speaks for itself in breaking him into the video games industry as a composer and sound designer. We also hear about mentors, pricing and how he's evolved his business to help other freelance composers as well.

  62. Thumb 1462001965 artwork

    Quality over Quantity - Copywriter Kaleigh Moore

    Hear Kaleigh's strategies on growing your business using Twitter, collecting social proof from clients, regularly raising rates, getting higher quality, higher paying clients and how she ended up writing for Entrepreneur and Inc. No thanks to the cat.

  63. Thumb 1460838809 artwork

    Your Stream Job - Illustrator Austen Marie

    What if the world could watch you while you worked? What if they paid to watch? What if they interacted with you so you didn't feel alone while working? What if they then paid you for work AND paid to watch you? That's pretty much where Twitch streamer/entertainer/illustrator Austen Marie finds herself. It looks like a lot of fun. But it's definitely still a job. It's a business.

  64. Thumb 1460147367 artwork

    Building A Future - Content Creator Ben Adam-Smith

    Ben's on a mission to make a difference to global warming and that's what drives his business. He's always taking stock of what he's done and planning his future. He's built a niche video content business serving the construction industry, laid the foundations to a membership site by building a successful podcast and soon aims to build his own house.

  65. Thumb 1459629029 artwork

    In Through the Outdoors - Writer Vivienne Crow

    Hear how a journalist with a passion for the outdoors and walking made her own route to being an award-winning Outdoor writer. With 18 books under her belt, she shares how she's found herself where she is today and the importance of joining a trade guild to her career, skills and sanity.

  66. Thumb 1458941808 artwork

    Product of Experience - UI UX Designer Mike Hince

    Redundancy helped push Mike into a freelance career. Since then he's evolved, learned, focused, launched his own products, developed his own personal brand and formed his own design studio... and yet still regularly questions whether being freelance is right for him. Why?

  67. Thumb 1458398860 artwork

    Stop In The Name Of GLove - Stop Motion Filmmaker Graham Love

    You're 17. One of your stop motion films goes viral. A major TV channel calls comissioning you to make one for them. What do you? Start university as planned, or seize the moment and begin a freelance career for some of the biggest brands and broadcasters? For Graham, all of his tiny precise filmic movements led to a sudden leap forward.

  68. Thumb 1457776927 artwork

    Remote Control - Copywriter Laura Glover

    London agency life was turning Laura into a zombie. Over long days were filled with meetings and politics instead of being creative. Now, she's carved out a remote freelance career. Out of the rat race, out of the city and into doing the work she loves. Finally, not only could she start her own business, but she could start her family too.

  69. Thumb 1457107992 artwork

    Etsy Bitsy Beginning - Branding Witch Kelly Brito

    Freelancing has enabled Kelly to work around her family doing something she loves. Starting by selling Wordpress themes on etsy, she now offers an evolving range of branding services in amongst a generous supply of free resources. From Brazil to a noisy New York City, we hear her story. And a few sirens. And planes. Drowned out by passion for her business.

  70. Thumb 1456345906 artwork

    Face To Face - Photographer Andy Barnham

    From an officer to a gentleman's go-to-freelance photographer. Andy left the army and soon found he had enough orders for capturing images of bespoke, tailor-made products, lifestyle and more. He shares his story on making a name for himself, making face-to-face connections and making his own magazine to create his dream work.

  71. Thumb 1455699356 artwork

    Keep Hitting Publish - Copywriter Amy Harrison

    "You have the chance to carve the career of your dreams, so dream!" Amy didn't just settle with regular copywriting gigs. She didn't just settle for speaking/training. She kept 'checking in on herself' and tweaking her career path. Today she hits publish on blogs, videos, podcasts and her own online course alongside client work she loves.

  72. Thumb 1455347473 artwork

    You're Not Alone - Designer Rachel Shillcock

    Rachel's found inspiration, support, friendship and even clients in the communities she's joined online. Be it through courses she's paid for, Twitter or private Facebook groups she's joined (or started!), she's realised you don't have to freelance alone. She shares her story: from finding her niche - the wake up call to her business, to finding herself in hospital - the wake up call to herself.

  73. Thumb 1454684774 artwork

    Drawn Out Start To Freelancing - Illustrator Kristian Duffy

    After struggling to find work after uni, with a year of bits, bobs and benefits, Kristian found the real benefits of a mentor, working for an established freelancer. Now, he balances 2 jobs. One with a full time employer, the other as his freelance career. His experience of breaking out in to his freelance dream is full of ups and downs. Lots to learn. Oh. And a daredevil cat.

  74. Thumb 1454188293 artwork

    The Sound of Freelance - Composer Jamie Salisbury

    Jamie went from gigging musician to composer for TV, film, games and stage. Here he shares how it's all played out so far: heading back to uni, collaborating over Skype, mangaging his own band, the passive income of library music and how getting his own studio scaled up his work load and kept his home in harmony.

  75. Thumb 1453447289 artwork
  76. Thumb 1452338347 artwork

    Marketing Your Business - Digital Marketing Consultant Col Skinner

    Col quit agency life to be his own boss. As you'd expect, he's very deliberate about selling himself; he shares his experiences of SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click and even finding media opportunities to get yourself known.

  77. Thumb 1452284513 artwork

    Mann Made Opportunities - Presenter Olly Mann

    After a career freelancing behind the scenes in TV, Olly Mann has found himself in the media limelight. Found? Or put himself there? Olly's a writer for major publications, a national radio presenter, TV panelist and part of the podcasting elite. But how did all of these doors open for him? Not without knocking. And then pushing all of Olly Mann through.

  78. Thumb 1450470942 artwork

    Catch Up Part 2 - A Year Being Freelance

    After a year of the podcast Being Freelance... what's that 12 months actually been like being freelance for our very first guests? In this, the second of two special end of year episodes, Steve Folland chats to CSS consultant Harry Roberts and illustrator Jessica Morgan. Their challenges, their changes, their epiphanies, their year being freelance.

  79. Thumb 1450043615 artwork

    Catch Up Part 1 - A Year Being Freelance

    After a year of the podcast Being Freelance... what's that 12 months actually been like being freelance for our very first guests? In this, the first of two special end of year episodes, Steve Folland chats to photographer Tom Miles, designer Liz Elcoate and audio producer Chris Hollis. Their challenges, their changes, their epiphanies, their year being freelance.

  80. Thumb 1448833887 artwork

    Insta Freelance - Photographer Jordan Green

    Without Instagram would Jordan be shooting for some of the coolest fashion brands and bands around? A great mix of passion, talent, social media and social life has been the focus of his career. The question is: if you're a creative freelancer can you afford not to be 'social'?

  81. Thumb 1448186347 artwork

    Best Looking Freelancer In The World - Copywriter Joel Klettke

    Canadian copywriter Joel Klettke is focused on results. When it works for his clients it's working for him. He shares great tips on creating a successful freelance website, how he came to be a TEDx speaker and all whilst being the best looking man in the world.

  82. Thumb 1447793997 artwork

    Freelance Out Of The Box - TV Producer Jacqui Moore

    Over 25 years of being freelance for acclaimed TV and Live Event exec Jacqui Moore; this is a box-set of experience to binge on. She now helps mentor others in the industry, keeping pace with change and with New York.

  83. Thumb 1447192743 artwork

    From Russia With Linguistics - Illustrator Landysh Akhmetzyanova

    She trained as a Linguist. She worked as a Translator. She dreamt as an Illustrator. Eventually Landysh brought them together: co-founding Lingvistov, a Skype based language service which also allowed her illustrations to speak volumes in shouting about the business, so much so they've now become a product of their own.

  84. Thumb 1445440658 artwork

    Full Frontal Freelance - Developer Remy Sharp

    Remy Sharp's been freelance for nearly a decade and has never pitched for business: it comes to him. Find out how, plus great thoughts on being a freelancing dad, the story behind his Full Frontal conference and why having staff and an office simply isn't everything.

  85. Thumb 1444588422 artwork

    Freelancer Of The Year - Exhbitions Designer Rebecca Shipham

    5 years after redundancy abruptly introduced her to self employment, Rebecca Shipham was named IPSE Freelancer Of The Year. Hear how she succeeds in her niche, deals with isolation, finds confidence in trading as a company and how she now gives back to the next generation of creatives.

  86. Thumb 1444073395 artwork

    Freelance Marketing - Digital Designer Tim Brown

    Tim B designs and develops for local SME clients in his home city of Minneapolis. They all come thanks to the work he puts into establishing himself as a digital marketing authority both with blogging and podcasting. All that whilst refining his trade with work in an agency.

  87. Thumb 1443473196 artwork

    Freelance & The Family - Writer Franky Shanahan

    Both Franky and her husband are self employed. How do they make it work for their young family? Hear how Franky's blog 'Love Audrey' gave her the confidence and the connections to go freelance, how she balances work and kids and why it's important to question what it really means to be successful. Pass the biscuits!

  88. Thumb 1442693787 artwork

    Side Projects Are Investments - Script Writer Tim Clague

    Tim is a freelance storyteller. As a BAFTA nominated film maker, video creative and script writer, he sees 'side projects' as investments in his business: producing work you love should draw people you'd love to work with to you. This... is his story.

  89. Thumb 1442037937 artwork

    Don't Freak Out! - Strategist Louisa Heinrich

    Strategist, speaker, designer and instigator Louisa trades both as herself and as her company Superhuman Limited, travelling from her homes in Berlin and London to make a difference across the digital world. A long career from startups and agencies to big corporations and even governments has given her great insights to share so hopefully we won't freak out.

  90. Thumb 1441483599 artwork

    Become An Authority Using Twitter - Logo Geek, Designer Ian Paget

    Ian Paget designs logos as a freelance side project, but by using social media has carved himself out as an industry authority. This online brand means all of his work is generated by inbound enquiries. Worth geeking over.

  91. Thumb 1436881684 artwork

    Niche Queen - E-book Designer Janet Brent

    Janet quit her job in the US to travel the world. After finding herself she started finding clients as a freelance designer focused on e-books. From the slums of the Philippines she's emerged as the E-book Queen. Now back in the States, she's switched the advice of monks for mastermind mentors. Listen up: it's quite a journey!

  92. Thumb 1436173360 artwork

    Lifestyle Business - UX Consultant Paul Boag

    How do you become a leader in digital strategy? With 20 years experience as an employee, company director and freelancer who's figured out how to make his business work for his lifestyle. With great thoughts on work/life balance Paul also shares how he built up his incredible personal brand through content marketing with podcasts, videos, blogs, books... Hear what it's like creating and living in Boag World.

  93. Thumb 1435560228 artwork

    Invest In Yourself - Blogger & E-Book Writer Samar Owais

    Samar Owais arrived in Dubai. She knew her husband. She knew she could blog. What she didn't know, she's learned online, investing in courses that hone her writing and business skills. With great tips on working with clients in multiple time zones, plus the power of remote mentors and guest blogging.

  94. Thumb 1434916195 artwork

    Side Project Success - Data Designer Stefanie Posavec

    Stefanie has exhibited at top galleries, spoken at conferences around the world and designed book covers for heroes, but it's her passion projects that she does on the side that really make a difference to her success.

  95. Thumb 1433881353 artwork

    Mentor In The Mix - Voiceover & Imaging Producer Stevie Cripps

    How do you go from being a locksmith to being the voice of Radio 1? From house entries to House heroes? From working on people's doors to knocking on doors that opened up a world working with his dance music heroes. As a voiceover and in demand audio imaging producer to the world's biggest DJs, Stevie's business took off but he had to figure out how to run a business too. And when it all went a bit Pete Tong, he found help in a mentor.

  96. Thumb 1433281886 artwork

    Market, Market, Grow - Video Producer Neil Waddington

    Passionate about video production, at the start of the millenium Neil soon grew from being a freelancer to being a company owner. But when the recession hit he realised being good wasn't enough. He needed to be marketing his business. Having laid everyone off he set about growing again, but this time with lessons learned...

  97. Thumb 1432068579 artwork

    Copywriter Danny Margulies - Winning on Elance

    Danny Margulies quit his job. Next he wrote 'how to make money writing' into Google. Two days later he had his first client on freelance marketplace Elance. It's become his sole place for finding work. Fair to say, he's making more than enough money writing now.

  98. Thumb 1431466762 artwork

    Coach Ebonie Allard - From Breakdown To Breakthrough

    Freelancer Ebonie Allard went from TV to a successful Virtual Assistant business... until she broke under the strain. Hear how she went from breakdown to breakthrough and retrained as a coach to other self employed 'misfits'. Includes great insight into building a business via social media/blogging/email list.

  99. Thumb 1430991987 artwork

    Video Creator Olly Newport - First Job Freelance

    Olly Newport's a 20 year old camera op/video editor who has never been anything but freelance. Faced with a future of high univeristy fees he chose to take a film making passion into a freelancing career instead. Steve Folland discovers the challenges he's faced with a steep learning curve in business.

  100. Thumb 1430340963 artwork

    Animator Fraser Davidson - Creative Company

    Fraser Davidson is a BAFTA award winning director, animator and designer. He's been staff, he's been freelance and now he's a year into co-founding a company. He chats to Steve Folland about getting dream projects, getting paid and getting to run your own studio. Crafty and candid tips in here whatever field you work in.

  101. Thumb 1428400952 artwork

    Photographer Casey Gutteridge - Connections Create Business

    Photographer Casey Gutteridge doesn't just take pictures, he takes every opportunity to build his connections and that builds his business. Steve Folland chats to Casey and discovers how a local newspaper snapper ends up with leading entreprenneurs and royalty in the frame.

  102. Thumb 1427663939 artwork

    Blogger Kimberly Duran - Diversify Your Income

    What it’s like being freelance for blogger Kimberly Duran. How she balanced a successful blog with a full time job until the time was right to start officially being freelance. With great advice on blogging, diversifying your income, selling yourself and making and keeping an eye on your goals.

  103. Thumb 1427064794 artwork
  104. Thumb 1426453334 artwork

    Web Developer Barry McGee - Paid Twitter Promotion Can Work For Freelancers

    Steve Folland chats to Front End Web Developer Barry McGee on stepping out from the BBC and being freelance. Barry's experiment with paying for 'promoted tweets' to find himself work is a fascinating new technique to land his CVs on the desks of decision makers.

  105. Thumb 1425764815 artwork
  106. Thumb 1425294173 artwork

    Motion Designer Stu Denbigh - Find Your Mentor

    Steve Folland chats to Motion Designer & Creative Editor Stu Denbigh on taking a step back to move forward, continually improving, finding a mentor and cash-flow - all part of being freelance for 10 years.

  107. Thumb 1424037582 artwork

    Video Creator Nicky Woodhouse - Upskill To Get The Work You Want

    Steve Folland chats to Nicky Woodhouse, who went from TV researcher to self shoot/edit freelancer following David Cameron for 3 years. She's now grown her business using other freelancers. Includes thoughts on finances, portfolios and the benefits of different work environments such as hot desking v hiring a full office.

  108. Thumb 1423385195 artwork

    CSS Wizard Harry Roberts - Developing Consultant Magic

    Steve discovers how CSS Wizardry's Harry Roberts went from secure staff job to in-demand consultant and international speaker. Great tips on self marketing, the importance of your own site's language to getting hired and the difference in being a freelance consultant.

  109. Thumb 1422958354 artwork

    TV Presenter Gema Enseñat - Find Your Specialism

    What it's like being freelance for presenter Gema Enseñat: going from secondary school teacher to TV host, announcer and blogger. Includes: finding your specialism and not letting finances run the show. Oh, and her dog.

  110. Thumb 1422224270 artwork

    Musician & Producer Chris Hollis - Email Strategy To Build Business

    This time, what it’s like being freelance for musician and producer Chris Hollis. Once a journalist for radio stations he switched to supplying them with jingles. His strategy of creating an 800 strong mailing list to launch his business has had a huge effect.

  111. Thumb 1421965577 artwork
  112. Thumb 1421611213 artwork

    Photographer Tom Miles - Constant Creative Improvement

    This time Steve chats to Tom Miles, a photographer for the likes of Men's Health with over 20 years of being self employed. With awesome creative tips; pricing; portfolio and connections.

Back Home