Freelance Podcasts

  • The Freelancer’s Teabreak Podcast: Resolutions, obviously

    Welcome to the first Freelancer’s Teabreak podcast of 2015! Here’s the Soundcloud link to download if you want to listen on the go, or simply listen below. For those that are new to the podcast, it’s a snippet of a podcast designed to be listened to while you’re making a cuppa, looking at different topics around the freelance lifestyle.

    In this week’s Freelancer’s Teabreak, the topic is resolutions. But rather than losing weight or getting fit, I’m talking about small monthly goals I’m taking on to tackle three areas of my life – business, fun and domestic bliss. By making small monthly goals rather than vague resolutions with no real plan, it should be easier to stick to – and there’s the potential to complete 36 different goals each year. Which, when you’re looking back on 2015 in the last few days of December, will feel you with a lot more joy and satisfaction than remembering the three Zumba classes and one spinning class you went to in January.

    You may have noticed that these goals aren’t just business focused. One thing I realised last year, was that it’s easy to get bogged down in all the work stuff, and forget about the benefits of freelancing – the flexibility to do things your way and make time for doing more things you love. Adding in goals for fun and domestic bliss is a good reminder to make time to do something for you each month.

    Post mentioned about daily routines.

    What monthly goals are you setting yourself?

  • Freelancer’s Tea Break Podcast: Five Things To Do Before You Go Freelance

    We’ve got a slightly longer Freelancer’s Tea Break Podcast than usual today. Essentially, I’m giving you an excuse to add a slice of cake as a side to that cup of tea, and relax for a little bit!

    Following on from my video on the biggest thing that stops people going freelance, I want to talk about what to do to make easing into freelancing easier and more secure. Hit play or have a listen on the SoundCloud app to find out what five things everyone should do before they go freelance.

  • The Freelancer’s Tea Break: Are you standing in your own way? (podcast)

    Summer tends to be a time when I reflect and work on my personal development. A lot of my clients are on holiday, so it’s the perfect opportunity. But it’s also a time when I assess what I’m currently doing – and what I’m doing wrong.

    This summer, I’ve realised that there are several things I do that stop me being as successful as I want to be. Things that are, generally, easy to overcome but are constantly pushed to the bottom of my to do list.

    Listen to this week’s podcast to find out how I changed two things in my life recently (one personal, one business), to make my life easier and make room for success.

     

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    How do you stand in your own way? What fear do you want to face to improve your life and business? Let me know in the comments!

  • The Freelancer’s Tea Break Podcast: Do you reward yourself enough?

    Got three minutes? Plug your earphones or speaker in and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelancer’s Tea Break podcast. This episode, I tackle rewarding yourself. Do we reward ourselves enough as freelancers? Having spoken to other freelancers, and recently finished reading Lucky Bitch (affil link), I realised how easy it was to forget to take the time to celebrate those little self-employed victories, whether it be landing a new client or aceing a presentation.

    Have a listen to this week’s episode and let me know in the comments if and how you reward yourself!

  • The Return of The Freelancer’s Tea Break podcast

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    The podcast is back! After writing about podcasts earlier this week, I actually found myself recording one straight after. Got three minutes? Pour yourself a cuppa and sit down for three minutes of freelance chat! 

    Last week was a somewhat tough one for me. Between client problems and wobbly moments, I was in desperate need of a little positivity.

    I’m a big believer that the right attitude can entirely change your day. Being miserable all day because you stubbed your toe when you got up is unlikely to yield happy results. I’ve been reading Lucky Bitch recently by Denise Duffield-Thomas, and it’s definitely reinforced this belief that we can choose how lucky we’ll be simply by changing our attitude.

    But what do we do when it seems like life is sending us a bunch of curveballs? I have a few techniques for getting out of a grumpy funk, or get rid of nervous stress when I’m waiting on a client’s email, chasing payments or waiting to dial in for a conference (I hate conference calls! But that’s a whole other post).

    Find out in this week’s podcast….

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    What do you do on stressful days? How do you shake yourself out of that mood?

  • The best podcasts for freelancers in 2014

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    I am a huge fan of podcasts. In fact I’ve listened to them for (showing my age here) over 10 years. Essentially, podcasts are the laziest way to consume lots and lots of new content. What’s not to love when you’re time poor?

    The interesting thing about podcasts is the split between people who think it’s very much outdated, and people who are very passionate about them. Often, those that dismiss podcasts tend to be those that have yet to give them a try. The podcast fans on the other hand are always keen to find new and interesting podcasts. In fact one of the most popular posts on my blog is a roundup of my favourite podcasts.

    While I understand that podcasting has a tendency to have a bit of a stuffy image, the reality is that there are lots of people starting podcasts which are interesting, entertaining, funny and, more often than not, led by fun and fabulous women. Plus, they’re free! You can download them and listen to them when you’re in the car, getting ready for work, commuting, cooking dinner…anywhere you can pull out your smartphone really. Each podcast will automatically update when the latest episode comes out too, much like when you subscribe to your favourite channels on YouTube.

    Want to give listening to podcasts a try, or update your subscriptions? Download one of the number of podcast apps (I like Apple’s Podcasts app but Stitcher, Soundcloud and newcomer Overcast) and download some of these for your audible pleasure.

    Interview podcasts

    • John Lee Dumas Entrepreneur On Fire – Love interviews with inspiring leaders? John Lee Dumas shares his interviews with some of the top entrepreneurs, including some top tips on how you can replicate that success
    • Cherished Ideas – A newcomer, Simon Knapp has already picked up speed with a selection of podcast interviews with freelancers (keep an ear out for him interviewing me in the next few weeks!)
    • Maternity Leavers – I know many freelancers are parents entering back into the workplace, so the Maternity Leavers podcast is a must for them!
    • Jo Gifford’s Work Smarter, Dream Bigger, Live Brighter – Jo’s podcast is full of interviews, productivity and tech tips and how to run a business when time is limited.
    • The Work Happy Podcast – Jo Casey’s podcast is one of my current favourites, again combining interview with savvy, realistic advice.
    • Smart Passive Income – Pat Flynn is a bit of a podcast legend, and his series on smart passive income is a must listen if you do anything online.

    Discussion podcasts

    • Off the Charts Business Podcast with Nathalie Lussier – Some of you may recognise Nathalie’s name from her very popular (and free!) 30 Day List Building challenge. Her podcast is just as useful, plus most of them are under 5 minutes. Perfect for a tea break inspiration
    • Untrap Your Life – Kirsty Bartholomew’s podcast is a new one to me, but I’ve been really enjoying it so far. A mix of interviews, discussions and debate about how to live a more free life.
    • Ask Pat.com – If you download any podcast, I highly recommend you start with Pat Flynn’s short podcasts answer questions. He covers so many different topics for entrepreneurs, and posts a new podcast EVERY day.
    • A Little Bird Told Me – A rather brilliant discussion podcast from freelance writers Phillippa and Lorrie. They’re packed full of useful information, from writing for agencies to extra ways to earn money on the side of writing.
    • Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield – Use Facebook advertising? Amy’s podcast is essential listening. She also covers things like Pinterest and Twitter, and I’ve definitely seen improvement in my results since listening to her podcast.
    • Marketing In Your Car – Russell Brunson records his podcasts while he’s driving somewhere, so each one is usually under ten minutes.

    Tutorial/Tips podcasts

    • The 10-Minute Marketing Show – I like my tips in short, intense bursts. The 10-Minute Marketing Show is a great way to get useful tips you can put into action straight away.
    • Get-It-Done-Guy – Part of the ‘Quick and Dirty Tips’ series of podcasts, Get-It-Done-Guy is all about (surprise surprise), being more productive.

    Lifestyle podcasts

    • The Marriage Challenge – This is a cute little podcast which interviews couples about the truth of marriage.
    • A Slob Comes Clean – I am a slob. Nony’s podcasts on how not to be when you’re not a natural clean freak are fantastic.
    • The High Tea Cast – The UK has a really gap in the market for funny, sassy female podcasters, but Sam and Lea from The High Tea Cast are leading the way.

    You may notice that a number of these podcasters are American. That’s because the USA is so much further ahead in the podcasting world then we are in the UK. In fact, many of the cars in the USA come with the Stitcher app included.

    I’d LOVE to see more people, especially women, in the UK giving podcasting a try. It’s super easy to do (the Soundcloud app in particular is good for beginners), and you don’t even have to dress up or put any make up on for it – you could record it in your pyjamas and no one would know! So what’s stopping you?

    EDIT: 10 minutes after writing this post, I ended up resurrecting my podcast. If you’ve got three minutes, listen in to The Freelancer’s Tea Break on SoundCloud!

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    Which podcasts do you rate as a freelancer? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Three Minute Podcast: Planning for a freelance future


    It’s been a little while since I did a podcast. Which is shameful, seeing as they’re only three minutes long.

    Anyway, I’ve quickly put together a podcast today about preparing for your freelance future. In it, I cover the four things to think about when considering the future of your self-employed career, and why you should learn a number of skills and roles to help you adjust to changes in the future.

    Have a listen in your tea break, then leave me a comment telling how (or if) you’re planning for your freelance future.