Podcasts & Interviews

  • 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?

  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer PR: Catherine Ross

    91ae9864b16a655d41e77a72136613f8Tell us a bit about you!

    I’m Catherine Ross, Director of Planet PR, based in Horsham, West Sussex.

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

    I started freelancing in August 2011 after taking voluntary redundancy from an in-house role. Redundancy also came on the back of my second round of maternity leave, and having a baby and a preschooler at home was always going to make going out to work tricky.

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

    I’ve never been an early riser – though I often wish I was. On the occasions when I do get up early, I tend to spend the time getting myself, the house and the children ready for the day ahead. Breakfast, packed lunches, laundry, washing-up, writing cheques for school trips. I try to remain present as a parent while the kids are with me. I have childcare in place for when I’m working.

    What time do you start work?

    Work starts post-school-run. So around 9am.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes, and we’re just about to move house, where I’ll have my own, dedicated office for the first time. At the moment I work in the living room, which is fine, but makes it difficult to draw the line between home life and work life. My new office is going to be the key to a new, more productive, more organised me….no, really.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    It’s a whirlwind of coaxing children to eat their breakfasts, brush their teeth, put on their clothes and generally get ready to go out. I like to think of it as an opportunity to hone my negotiating skills and people management. When I get back from the school run, I get ready to start work.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    I always try to. It depends how busy I am, When the weather’s nice, there’s more of an incentive to take a break and sit in the sunshine for half an hour.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    It depends what I’m working on. I do a lot of writing, so afternoons are good for getting my head down. The biggest risk with being a freelancer and working from home is that once I sit down, it’s easy to not get up again until the end of the working day. I try to get out for a walk or bike ride every so often and if the weather’s bad I’ll change into my PE kit and do a workout DVD. Jillian Michaels is the best!

    [themify_quote]I love what I do, so getting it done rarely feels like a chore.”[/themify_quote]

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

    It’s often said that money isn’t a motivator, but as a freelancer, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid, it’s as simple as that. As a result, money is a pretty good motivator. It also helps that I love what I do, so getting it done rarely feels like a chore.

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

    It’s usually dictated by what time the kids need picking up. Monday-Wednesday I finish just after five, Thursdays and Fridays I finish at three, so we have some family fun time during the week.

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

    The flexibility it gives me. I decide my hours, what work I do and when I do it. It’s fantastic. Last week my son had a school trip, so I gave myself the day off to go with them. I can make time to meet a friend for coffee or, if I’m having a quiet week, I might sneak out for an afternoon wandering around the shops.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    The lack of financial security. Sometimes the desire to receive a regular wage is very great, especially at the moment, with the house move just around the corner. I’m getting better at acknowledging that I will have busy periods and quieter periods and at making the most of the quiet times.

    [themify_quote]Have laptop, will travel” [/themify_quote]

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

    My smartphone is pretty much an extension of my hand, whether it’s updating social media on behalf of a client, checking emails or searching for information, I couldn’t be without my Samsung. Beyond that, l keep things pretty simple. Have laptop, will travel.

    Where can we find you online?

    Say hello on twitter @planetpr_uk and to find out more about what I do, visit http://www.planetpr.co.uk

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

    Always be nice to people. As a freelancer, I never know where my next piece of work will come from. I tend to believe that if you’re good to people, they’ll be good to you. So far it seems to be working.

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  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Copywriter: Chelsea Louise Haden

    bvhZBRLlTell us a bit about you!

    Hello.

    They call me Chelsea Louise Haden but CLH for short.

    I’m a blogger first and foremost but I do a few things such as digital copy writing. I provide online copy for marketing materials and I also dabble in social media management. Oh and I copy edit books, specifically for Amazon.

    Recently, I just started teaching small businesses how to write their own marketing copy using creative writing techniques.

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

    Since 2008 ( aged 18.)

    It’s a long story where do I start? Well, firstly I have a self employed parent so it was never taboo and if anything it was encouraged.

    Secondly, I didn’t have a traditional upbringing. I got taken out of school because I was bullied. I was home taught but it didn’t do me that much good, purely because I had an attitude problem. I left ‘school’ with no qualifications and did a few NVQ type courses ( all irrelevant to what I’m doing now.)

    I got a job working as a PA and liked it but, it didn’t give me the creativity nor freedom that I was looking for. As I had no formal qualifications behind me such as a degree, I believed I would never get into the writing industry.

    I started blogging whilst at college studying beauty therapy. I had such a positive experience in college, it encouraged me to write more. Eventually I knew that it was the path for me. I had some coaching too which helped me big time.

    I think It was a natural progression.

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

    I have tried to become an early riser but, I get more creative of a night.

    What time do you start work?

    Nowadays I aim for about 10 am (that means 11 am). There’s no point in starting earlier because that’s what a 9-5 is for right?

    Do you work from home?

    When I am editing, especially books then yes. I’m too easily distracted!

    However, I run co-working groups in a local art gallery which is nice or I hot desk at my colleagues office.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    Morning affirmations. I like to affirm to myself that it’s going to be a great day full of wonderful opportunities. I’ll mentally do my gratitude list whilst giving my cat Mr D some love.

    Then it’s straight to the computer, to check my Twitter and emails.

    Food is in there somewhere too…

    Do you take a lunch break?

    I do not advocate this at all but I have working lunches. Although in my defence I more than make up for it when I’m co-working or hot desking. I’ll go walk around my local park or get some cake.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    Well I’m not one of those that can work on the same projects all day. I have to dip in and out of different projects to keep me focused and creative.

    I usually have the cat on my knee, a cookie in one hand, and Twitter in the background.

    And I have this rule – I take the phone off the hook and divert everyone to my emails.

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

    I often tweet my schedule and talk about deadlines. I do this as an accountability thing, so I’ve got something to say “look you’ve to do it now!”

    I also remind myself why I’m doing it.

    And most days, I reward myself with a swim and Jacuzzi.

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

    Hmm… it varies. At the time of writing this it’s nearly 1 am. But, that’s through choice because I decided to take a few hours off today.

    Some days it’s about 5.30 pm or the nights when I’m not swimming 8 pm.

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

    Gosh where do I start? The freedom, the ability to make my own decisions, set my own working hours, wage and to work with who I want to.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    The fact that my business has replaced boyfriends.

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

    I’m probably the most technically un-evolved person that you’ll ever meet. Ironic really that I’m a ‘digital writer.’

    Let me put it out there… I don’t own a smart phone or any mobile phone. I don’t use a tablet or an i thing. I have a lap top – it’s not even a MAC but it works, just.

    The tool that really helps me is HootSuite and a time management book that I just read called: 21 ways to manage the stuff that sucks up your time. It rocks!

    Where can we find you online?

    http://www.twitter.com/clhadenwrites (work account)
    http://www.twitter.com/clhaden (personal)
    http://www.lovinglifeinwellies.wordpress.com (personal blog)
    http://www.clhadenwrites.co.uk (work site)

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

    Mind set and the understanding that words have power.

    They’re both interlinked.

    If you want to do something then tell yourself that you can do it. Keep telling yourself. Go out and do the stuff that you need to do, to prove that little inner voice other wise.

    Oh and I read The Secret and The Magic.

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  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Web Developer: Travis Bennett

    YD7_2T36Tell us a bit about you!

    I’m Travis Bennett, a freelance writer and web developer based out of Bangkok.

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

    I started freelancing almost 2 years ago, as was looking for some extra income on the side. I stopped as I had a couple of demanding jobs that followed, and then took it up seriously mid 2013 focusing on creating and turning it into a business. Haven’t looked back since.

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

    Early riser, but have seen the sun come up on a number of occasions when deadlines needed to be met.

    What time do you start work?

    9am

    Do you work from home?

    Predominantly yes, though enjoy the social atmosphere of coffee shops and co-working spaces when I’m not on a time crunch for a deadline.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    Hot cup of coffee, shower and get out of your pyjamas. Despite what they say about being productive in your underwear – I don’t buy it.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    Yes

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    Working! If I’m on top of everything I like to go to the gym or to Muay Thai.

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

    Traditional to-do list. Have a target goal for profits each day and make a plan in the morning of what needs to be done.

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

    Depends. 6pm on a normal day. Others work all night.

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

    Being able to set my own schedule, and choose clients that I want to work with.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    Not having co-workers around for a chat when you need 5 mins of down time.

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

    Laptop is key, as well as a massive external hard drive for all my stock photos, design stuff, etc. Love the bluetooth mouse and keyboard that lets me work from the sofa while my screen is up on the TV.

    Where can we find you online?

    Business: http://studiodigita.com
    Personal: http://www.travbennett.com
    Twitter: travbennett

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

    Do it better than the other guy. If you want the highest paying gigs, you need to be miles ahead of what the competition is offering, whether it’s on quality, services, or ease of doing business.

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  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Hypnotherapist: Chloe Brotheridge

    screenshot751Hello freelancers and freelancers-to-be! I’ve got a big batch of new freelance interviews coming up in the next few weeks, and we’re kicking things off with the lovely Chloe Brotheridge. If you suffer at all with stress and anxiety (*raises hand*), this one is a must-read.

    Tell us a bit about you!

    Hi! I’m Chloe Brotheridge, hypnotherapist and expert in helping clients to feel calmer, happier and more confident. I live in London Fields in Hackney but see clients in the city near to Old Street as well as via Skype.

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

    Previously I worked as a nutritionist within the NHS part time and saw hypnotherapy clients on my days off while I built up my business.

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

    I’m definitely a morning person, usually up at 6 or 6:30am. I’m terrible at staying up late!

    What time do you start work?

    I’ll often do some social media stuff quite early and perhaps respond to a few emails. I usually sit down properly at about 9:30am.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes, at the kitchen table, although I see clients at my practise on Old Street.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    Usually I’ll to the gym or for a run. Then I have breakfast, something like a protein shake and then I try to fit in some meditation and journalling. Of course this doesn’t always happen if I have to be out really early!

    Do you take a lunch break?

    I’ll often try to sit away from my computer so I can focus on my food, other times I’ll watch a training video or a TED talk.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    If I’m not seeing clients that day, I’ll prepare for the next days hypnotherapy sessions, write blog posts, go to meetings or networking events, interact on social media or read books and websites relating to hypnotherapy to update my skills. I also try to fit in a walk if I happen to be at home all day.

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

    I write my to do list the night before, making sure I don’t put too much on the list so it’s not too overwhelming! I use a pomodoro timer to time 25 minutes where I’ll work steadily on a single task, before taking 5 minutes break for guilt free internet surfing or Facebooking!

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

    I’ll often see clients until 9:30pm in the evening, however if I’ve got the evening off it’s usually around 6pm. However the work is never finished and I may return to it later on. Actually, it doesn’t feel too much like work since I do a lot of social media and that’s just fun!

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

    Being in control of my own life. Not having to get the tube at rush hour. Making my own lunch at home 🙂

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    Seasonal variation; December can be quieter for clients, but it just means more free time to invest in other things.

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

    I love ‘Audible’ so I can listen to audio books at the gym or while walking to work – it literally changed my life!

    Where can we find you online?

    My new website is focused on helping clients to feel calmer and to manage stress and anxiety http://www.calmer-me.com (editor note: She’s also got a brilliant free hypnotherapy mp3 on there!) 

    On Twitter @Cbrotheridge
    Instagram chloebrotheridge
    Facebook http://www.facebook.com/easywaytochange

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

    Getting advice from people who know more, not being afraid to fail and getting plenty of sleep.

    Thanks Chloe!

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  • 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.

  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance consultant and coach: Sherry Bevan

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    Tell us a bit about you!

    Hi, my name is Sherry Bevan and I’m based in London. I am a performance consultant and coach, working with the business services teams in law firms. I work with managers and leaders to help them build teams to be proud of. You can find out more about my work at http://www.sherrybevan.co.uk.

    I also coach women who have lost confidence after a career break through my private coaching company http://www.inspirationparty.co.uk.

    I also work as a breastfeeding counsellor in my local community.

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

    I have freelanced for more than two years now. I had always wanted to run my own business and freelancing gave me the opportunity to combine my passion for supporting women, and at the same time continue to work with law firms. I know lots of people want to get out of the corporate life in the City but I love it! Freelancing means I can be more flexible with my working hours and fit in around my children’s school activities.

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

    I tend to be an early riser – though if I have a big client project on, I’m a night owl too. But early riser suits me – I have the house to myself for an hour or so before I walk my daughter to school.

    What time do you start work?

    By the time I get back from the school run, it’s 8.30am. When I’m working with a client in the City, then I will generally arrive at their offices around 9am/9.30am.

    Do you work from home?

    Much of my work is done from home however it really depends on what client work I have on as I might be on site for a few days. My coaching clients are mostly done over Skype – they could be based anywhere in the UK and I’ve worked with clients in other countries too.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    I am usually first up in the house. I have a cup of tea, and might check my email/social media or write a blog then. When my eldest daughter gets up, we have breakfast together. My second daughter doesn’t need to leave so early. Then we get dressed and I walk my eldest daughter to school. It’s a mile each way, so it gives me quality time with my daughter on the way there. On the way home, it’s my thinking time. Some of my best ideas come on that walk back. I get home just as my husband and youngest daughter are leaving. Then I might relax or sometimes I’ll go straight to the gym or meet my Thursday morning running group.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    Yes always thought it might only be a short break. I like to sit in the garden with my sandwich and cup of tea.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    My routine is not that fixed so it really depends on what clients I am working with. If I’m doing interviews for my newsletter, these tend to be in the afternoons. The children start arriving home from 3.30pm so it’s a bit noisy for an hour or so. I sometimes will stop then and go back to my desk in the evening when they’ve gone to bed. Quite a few of my private coaching client sessions are in the evening.

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

    I write in a reflective journal each week to focus on my successes the previous week and what I plan to accomplish in the coming week. I have a vision board on my PC backdrop to remind me why I work, what I want to achieve, and what I need to focus on.

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

    I tend to sign off around 6pm but if I have clients in the evening, then I’ll take a couple of hours break before the session starts at 8pm. What time I sign off depends on what else is going on in my running life – if I’m training for a marathon, then I try and fit my long sessions in during the day while it’s light, and work in the evening.

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

    I love the freedom and flexibility to work my own hours, mostly. I love that I can get to the Christmas Carol Concert at school. I love that I can pick and choose my clients. This has enabled me to do my breastfeeding counsellor work.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    If you are running your own business, not only do you have to work in the business, but you have to work ON your business. You always have to be looking ahead to the next client. Sometimes that’s hard.

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

    Surprisingly perhaps I LOVE my paper diary. At a previous firm, I was the electronic diary evangelist. But since running my own business and being on different client sites, I have found it so much easier to work with a paper diary that I always have with me as there are fewer repeat meetings that you have in a corporate. I like to use EverNote to capture ideas. I love my BlackBerry and being able to use an app such as Hootsuite to manage my social media.

    Where can we find you online?

    Main work

    Website BlogTwitter

    Inspiration Party

    WebsiteBlogTwitterFacebook

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

    Hard work, determination, taking action, professionalism and integrity. Holding myself to high standards. Plus I LOVE what I do!

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  • 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.

     

    If you love the idea of unblocking negative aspects of your life, I highly recommend you check out LuckyBitch (affiliate link, I only recommend things I love myself).

    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!