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  • Want to start your own freelance business? Announcing The Freelance Consultations

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    I’m really excited to announce the launch of the latest addition to The Freelance Lifestyle – the Freelance Consultations. They’re designed to help people make the jump from employed to self-employed, learn how to start their own own freelance business from scratch or how to take a freelance business to the next level.

    I’m sure, like me, you’re sick of seeing adverts claiming to help you START A BUSINESS AND EARN ££££ or EARN SIX FIGURES BY WORKING ONE DAY A WEEK. It all sounds very spammy, doesn’t it?

    So, how do I make it clear that what I do is very different to all of that? By being 100% transparent. Here’s what you can expect from a consultation from me:

    • A 10 minute free consultation before you buy, to find out whether what I do is right for you. Just drop me an email to arrange.
    • An email chat after buying the consultation to find out what you want to get out of the consultation so we can hit the ground running.
    • A consultation covering things like – developing and shaping your business idea, finding your target market, the basics of setting up (including legalities, accounting, invoicing, business plans), networking, social media, blogging, ideas on how to grow and diversify your business and suggestions for how to create a great freelance lifestyle – especially if you’ll be working from home.
    • You’ll also get a free copy of the 30 Day Freelancing Challenge ebook to help take you through more of the basics.
    • I promise to be honest – freelancing and being your own boss is largely wonderful, but it’s also tough at times (but, in my experience, absolutely worth it). I’m also not going to promise you’ll earn a six figure sum by working three hours a week.  Your earning potential might rise by going freelance – but it won’t be without hard work.
    • Consultations are £50 (which is for 60-90 mins), and include research beforehand and follow up questions after. They can take place over Skype, in a private Google+ Hangout or on the phone. If you’re in the Berkshire area, I can also arrange a face-to-face consultation.

    The reason I’m adding these consultations to my services, is because I was lucky enough to have several people advise me on what to do when I first started. I know not everyone else is fortunate enough to have that. So I want to be able to draw on my experiences and knowledge to help others.

    New to The Freelance Lifestyle? You can read a little bit more about me here.

    Interested? Get in touch and we’ll have a chat

  • Five ways to make money part time: Make the most of your free time

    how-toWant to make money part time, alongside a job? I’m not talking thousands here, but potentially a couple of hundred pounds a month if done well. It’s not as hard as you might think. Here are five fairly simple ways to earn a little extra money in your spare time…

    Park some money in your account

    Rent out a parking space – If you’re out for most of the working day, and you live in a town centre or near a train station, this is for you. You can rent out your parking space easily, using sites like Parkatmyhouse.com. Depending on your location, you can earn up to several hundred pounds a month, for very little effort.

    Snap up some cash

    Love taking photos? Have a skill for getting a great shot? You can earn money from your photos. There’s a great guide over on The Next Web about selling your photos online.

    Money in the hand for handmade products

    Online marketplaces like Etsy (USA) and Folksy (UK) let you set up a little online shop to sell your products. It’s a great way to get your handmade products seen, without having to invest in a website. You can sell almost anything on there, from greetings cards and posters to jewellery and gadget cases.

    Make a bid for it

    Offering a service? There are a bundle of sites you can go to, to bid on jobs that need doing. I’d recommend checking out Fiverr, People Per Hour and, occasionally, Guru. You won’t earn as much as if you got the job direct, but every little helps.

    Pet Sit/walk

    If you love animals, and have some spare time during the day, pet sitting or dog walking is a great option. Many people prefer to have a visiting pet sitter rather than a residential pet sitting job, so you may need to have a CRB check.

    Matched Betting

    Matched Betting might sound a bit odd, but essentially it’s a way of taking advantage of sign up offers bookies offer, balancing them against an exchange so you break even, then use the bonus money they give you to make a profit. If you want to give it a try, Profit Accumulator (affiliate link) talks you through your first two bets for free where you can make a profit of up to £45. It’s not something I would recommend to anyone who has a very addictive personality or gambling issues, but in theory if you stick to the process there’s no risk. Have a look on Google or YouTube for some reviews. People can earn anywhere from £250-£1000+ a month, and it’s tax free!

    Do you have any other suggestions for how to make money part time? Selling products and services? Jumping on eBay? Odd jobs? Let me know in the comments!