Podcasts & Interviews

  • What drives you as a freelancer? A podcast series

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    What drives you as a freelancer? I’m not talking money, work/life balance or a rewarding workload (although those are all very valid reasons). I’m talking about a term used in coaching – transactional drivers. Transactional drivers are the ways in which we respond to times of challenge or stress. Even in an ideal world freelancers face tricky or challenging situations, and understanding why you react the way you do can be hugely beneficial.

    There are five drivers – Work Harder, Be Perfect, Please Others, Be Strong and Hurry Up. Reading those, are there any that stand out, or ring a bell for you? These are the critical voices that pop up in our heads when we’re dealing with tricky situations like pitching for a new project or dealing with client criticism. Understanding what your main drivers are (at the current time, the chances are that all of these will apply at some point in your life for you) can help you overcome those negative voices. For example, if Work Harder is a strong one for you, you may want to think back to where this started. Did you encounter pressure to always do better when younger? Do you now feel like whatever you do isn’t good enough? In coaching, we then challenge these drivers and work on being in control of them rather than them controlling you. Understanding your drivers can also help you identify what projects to take on, which clients are a great match and how much time you need to give yourself for work.

    Got 20 minutes? Catch the Transactional Drivers podcasts

    Last month, I recorded a series of podcasts giving a brief overview of each of the transactional drivers and how it can impact on your freelance life. You can listen to them below, in Soundcloud or by listening on iTunes. You can also take a transactional drivers quiz here if you’re unsure which one you are.

    Which driver(s) do you think apply to you right now?

  • Podcast #31: What will you do this month that’s fun?

    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, cut yourself a huge slice of cake) and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelance Tea break. “#31 What will you do this month that’s fun?”

    The importance of having fun as a freelancer

    You might notice a small change with this week’s podcast – I’ve updated the podcast profile image to something a little more in keeping with the rest of The Freelance Lifestyle. In this week’s podcast, I chatted about the importance of making fun a priority (and I mean fun OUTSIDE work) and rewarding yourself. Rewards and fun don’t need to be expensive – they can range from an afternoon off indulging in Netflix, digging out your fanciest products for a long bath or an activity (this month, I’m giving trampolining a try with my son). The key is that you commit to doing something on the first of the month. Often we can be so stuck into work, that we forget to enjoy some of the perks of freelancing – like taking a weekday afternoon off or working where we want.

    What will you commit to this month to add a little non-work joy?

    Are you subscribed to The Freelance Lifestyle podcast? It’s free! You can subscribe on Soundcloud, or subscribe on iTunes, so these quick soundbites pop up in your chosen podcast app as soon as they go live.

     

  • Podcast #30 Is freelancing for graduates?

    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, cut yourself a huge slice of cake) and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelance Teabreak: “Episode 30 Is freelancing for graduates”:

    Is freelancing right for graduates?

    One of the things I’m really passionate about is demonstrating that freelancing is for everyone, and that freelancing for grads is a very real career option. I graduated a decade ago with a degree in business, and at the time freelancing wasn’t even a suggested option. Isn’t that crazy? Teaching people about business but not how to start their own?. Ten years on, and from the graduates I’ve spoken to, it’s STILL not presented as an option.

    In this week’s episode, I’ve put together some of the reasons why I think graduates should give freelancing (or ‘the career buffet’) a try instead of jumping into an apprenticeship or a job they might not love.

    Were you told about freelancing at university?

  • How to use Snapchat as a freelancer (podcast)

    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, it’s summer, go get yourself a Mr Whippy) and have a listen to this week’s Freelancer’s Teabreak. “How to use Snapchat as a freelancer”:

    Are you subscribed to The Freelance Lifestyle podcast? It’s free! You can subscribe on iTunes, so these quick soundbites pop up in your chosen podcast app as soon as they go live.

    Despite not being a teenager or remotely interested in being sent d*ckpics, I’m a huge fan of Snapchat. Why, I hear you cry? Because it’s packed full of freelance-friendly features that can help you grow your network, learn lots of useful tips and give people a backstage look at what you do. All while sporting the most flattering filter I’ve ever seen (seriously, who needs make up when you can contour the hell out of your face in one tap).

    Five Snapchat Favourites

    Want to give it a try? Below are five of my current Snapchat favourites.

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    Amy is one of my favourite social media experts, and got me excited about Snapchat in the first place. Follow her for behing the scenes chat, top tips and occasionally puppy pictures.

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    BLWideas stands for baby led weaning, but Bethany shares so much more – from activities to do with kids to cooking tutorials.

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    String Story is one of the best examples of creating high quality content with themed days. I love her stuff (and she often does Snapchat takeovers).

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    Liza shares a mix of science and tech facts, from what looks like a tropical island. Also, she’s beautiful. Frankly, I should hate her, but her Snapchats are kind of brilliant.

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    WomenInTech is dedicated to putting the spotlight on a different woman in tech each day, handing the account over them to share tips and a day in their life.

    p.s Want to follow me? Here’s my Snapchat!

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  • Podcast: Are you a tired freelancer? Identifying the energy vampires

    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, it’s nearly the weekend, cut yourself a huge slice of cake) and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelancer’s Teabreak. “Episode #28: Are you a tired freelancer? Identifying the energy vampires”:

    This is one I’m keen to share as I know a lot of freelancers suffer from up and down energy levels. I know quite often there might be medical reasons behind it – but it can also be down to an emotional block of putting something off. And that doesn’t benefit you or anyone else. Pour yourself a cuppa and find out how putting stuff off can make you feel drained.

    Are you avoiding a mental freelance block? If you’re not sure how to deal with it, book a free 15 minute chat with me to see how coaching could help you tackle them, and have more energy to focus on your business.

    Subscribe to The Freelancer’s Teabreak on iTunes.

    Other Podcast Episodes you might like

    What drives you as a freelancer? A podcast series

    Podcast #30 Is freelancing for graduates?

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

  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Childrenswear Designer: Sharon from lily & Bloom

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    Say hello to freelance childrenswear designer Sharon from lily & Bloom.

    Tell us a bit about you!

    Hello I’m Sharon, working as lily&Bloom as a childrenswear designer, based just outside of Birmingham

    How long have you been freelancing, and why did you start?

    I’ve been freelancing for just over four years now.  I started to freelance almost by accident after losing my job and being unable to find another full-time in-house role that felt like it suited me.  An opportunity came up to cover another freelancer who was on maternity leave and it all started there.

    Let’s talk about the start of your day – are you an early riser, or a night owl?

    I’m an early riser but mainly so I can get out for my morning run and then be ready to start work.

    What time do you start work?

    I’m usually at my desk between 8 and 8.30.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes, my front little bedroom is now my creative space.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    Alarm set for around 6.30 & up and out for a run or for a work out by around 7ish.  Then shower and coffee and ready to do an hour or so’s work before having breakfast.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    Yes, I always stop for lunch, even if it’s just for half an hour.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    It depends on the work I’ve got.  If I’m in the middle of a project or have a deadline looming then it’s work as usual.  If I’m quieter, then afternoons tend to be a time for working on blog posts, or researching or admin.

    How do you keep motivated? Do you have any particular techniques?

    I try to keep in mind that I want to do the best job I can for the client and it’s important to me to honour any deadline I’ve promised.  I think this keeps me motivated as does having a balance between working and creative time for me.

    What time do you tend to sign off for the day?

    I try and finish ‘paid’ work by 6.30 latest unless there is a really urgent deadline.  I tend to then spend another hour or so on my blog.

    Tell us – what’s your favourite thing about freelancing?

    Being able to work from home, being able to be in control of my own time.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    The uncertainty that can come if you don’t have a regular contract with a client. And clients who think you can drop everything to do work they need right that second!

    What tools/apps/gadgets/things could you not live without as a freelancer?

    I log all my work on my Outlook calendar, it’s the easiest and simplest way for me to keep track of things.  Other than that it’s a very old fashioned diary & pencil that I use to jot down my daily to do list.

    Where can we find you online?

    You can find my blog Lily & Bloom at http://www.lilyandbloom.blogspot.co.uk. I’m on twitter @lilyandBloom, on Instagram @sharon.lilyandbloom . on Pinterest @lilyandBloom and hopefully very soon my business website will be back up & running at http://www.lilyandbloom.co.uk.

    The Big Question – What’s the secret to your success?

    I’m not sure I do think of myself as successful? I feel lucky enough to have enough work to keep me ticking along, which allows me to work part-time only, work that I enjoy.  I like to think that I do a good job, behave professionally and friendly towards clients and that has meant that my reputation as a Childrenswear Designer has spread by word of mouth meaning that work has kept trickling in.  Not too much, not too little.  I’m like Goldilocks! But I count my blessings each day & feel incredibly lucky.

    Want to take part in the Day In The Life Of A Freelancer series? Simply fill in this form

  • Podcast #26: An interview with new freelancer Daire Paddy

    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, cut yourself a huge slice of cake) and have a listen to this week’s slightly longer Freelancer’s Teabreak with Daire Paddy.

    Something a little different for this week’s podcast. I dragged my good friend Daire Paddy, a new freelance copywriter, onto Skype and grilled her on her experiences of being self-employed, after escaping the corporate world almost a month ago. We chat about the highs, the lows, and debate quite how important it is to wear a bra when you’re working from home.

    If you want to know more about Daire, you can find her on her blog openwaydesigns.com, or like her Facebook page for regular creative and copy snippets. http://www.facebook.com/openwaydesigns.

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    What were your early experiences of being a freelancer like? Let me know in the comments below!

    Other podcast episodes you might like

    What drives you as a freelancer? A podcast series

    Podcast #25: Why Freelancers should hire a coach

    Freelancer’s Teabreak Podcast #11: Three essential freelance apps

  • Podcast #25: Why Freelancers should hire a coach

    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, cut yourself a huge slice of cake too) and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelancer’s Teabreak – we’re chatting about hiring a coach.

    Episode #25: Why freelancers should hire a coach

    What would make you hire a coach, as a freelancer? In this episode, we take a look at how hiring a coach can benefit a freelancer – from accountability to beating those brain gremlins that stop us really going for our goals. Coaching is something that I’m really passionate about, so much so that I started my coaching diploma training just a few months after having Oz. It really does make a huge difference to how I now view my business – and the work lifting limiting beliefs is particularly powerful.

    If you’re interesting in finding out more about how coaching can benefit you and your freelance business, I’m offering 15 minute free coaching chats to find out more about what I offer and how it could work for you. To book a session, simply click here to grab a slot in my calendar.

    Are you subscribed to The Freelance Lifestyle podcast? It’s free! You can subscribe on Soundcloud, or subscribe on iTunes, so these quick soundbites pop up in your chosen podcast app as soon as they go live.