Day in the life

  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Copywriter: Jamie Thomson

    Jamie Thomson CopywriterTell us a bit about you!

    My name’s Jamie Thomson and I’m a freelance copywriter based in Aberdeen.

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

    I’ve been freelancing full time since June 2014. I decided to go freelance first and foremost because I love writing. And I wanted to have control over my own career and finances. I wanted to get away from the stresses of working in offices and give myself some breathing space to pursue one of my passions and make a living from it.

    [themify_quote]I’m most productive first thing in the morning and most creative late at night.” [/themify_quote]

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

    I’m definitely a night owl. In fact it’s 05.57 at the moment and I haven’t been to bed yet! I’m at my most creative at night time and that’s when I get my best ideas. I’d love to be able to summon my creativity at 9am every morning but unfortunately I don’t seem to be built like that.

    What time do you start work?

    Normally I start at around 10am and finish at 6pm but if I have a project that requires ‘outside the box’ thinking then my night owl tendencies usually hinder me from getting up as early.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes. And at local coffee shops or at client offices if they’re local and they want me around.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    The first thing I do is have breakfast then check my emails. I check my work phone and my Twitter feed then I jump in the shower and get down to business.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    I always try to.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    Well, I’m most productive first thing in the morning and most creative late at night so the afternoons can vary quite a bit for me. Normally, they’re spent working on client projects or attending face-to-face or Skype meetings. Depending on my workload, I’ll also spend time in the afternoon looking for marketing opportunities, whether it’s initiating conversations on Twitter or looking for guest posting opportunities to increase my online presence.

    [themify_quote]I’ll spend time in the afternoon looking for marketing opportunities, whether it’s initiating conversations on Twitter or looking for guest posting opportunities to increase my online presence.”[/themify_quote]

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

    I do. I’m a big fan of guided hypnosis recordings and whenever I feel my concentration lagging, I like to lie down for 20 minutes with some headphones and let myself relax. I’ll also sometimes go for a walk or have a change of scenery and if it’s a lost cause, I’ll grab my surfboard and hit the beach for an hour. Sometimes distractions can be good things.

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

    Normally I finish around 6pm when my girlfriend gets home.

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

    Being able to choose my own working hours and being in control of my own career. Although I work harder and longer hours freelancing, I enjoy being able to see the results of my efforts more obviously than when I worked for other companies. I also like having the opportunity to go surfing during the day in the winter, something I was never able to do when I worked 9 – 5.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    Although I don’t mind it as much as others, I do sometimes miss having colleagues to talk to and bounce ideas off. I don’t think I realised just how isolating it can be sometimes working freelance without having an office space. I’ve actually been toying with the idea of renting a co-working space somewhere local so that I have the option of being around other people if I want.

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

    Well I’ve recently bought a new laptop with Windows 8.1 on it and I have to say I’d be lost without my virtual post-it notes. It certainly beats sticking luminous bits of paper to your screen.

    Where can we find you online?

    My own website at http://www.brandnewcopy.com and on Twitter @BrandNewCopy.

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

    I think it would have to be good old fashioned hard work. I spent a lot of time researching, building my portfolio and getting my finances in order before I took the plunge and went full time and I’ve stuck by that approach.

    Actually, one of the best pieces of advice I received before I went full time was from a fellow freelancer who said ‘be nice to people, nice people get more work.’

    It’s worked for me so far.

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  • A Day In The Life Of A Consultant Solicitor: Ben Hammond

    Ben HammondTell us a bit about you!

    My name is Ben Hammond. I’m a Consultant Solicitor based in Newbury. I buy and sell houses and apartments in London and properties all across all of the counties of England and Wales.

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

    I went freelance at the beginning of September 2014. I have had my own practice before so it wasn’t a total shock but I was coming away from the comfort of a salary and a good-sized law firm.

    [themify_quote]I like to be in the office at 8.00 a.m.  I feel that it gives me a head start on the day.” [/themify_quote]

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

    Sometimes as a lawyer you have to be both. It’s about being available to your clients when they need you. Fortunately in my area of practice I’m unlikely to get a call in the middle of the night.

    What time do you start work?

    I like to be in the office at 8.00 a.m.  I feel that it gives me a head start on the day.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes when I need to, but I deliberately chose to work from an office. I live in a very remote and rural location and the broadband connection is too slow as most of the things I do now as a lawyer are internet-based. I also like to have the differentiation between home and work life.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    Generally I’m up and out from home. The only pause is to try to start the ancient Land Rover that takes me into work.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    I used to have a colleague who used to keep back all of his plan-drawing until a Friday afternoon. He’d finish his lunch, take out his pencil crayons and spend a happy afternoon drawing coloured lines all over maps. I’d love to be able to think that I could do that, but generally I keep report-writing for the afternoon as e-mail traffic tends to die down a little.

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

    Fortunately I’ve hit the ground running so there’s no time to have to worry about keeping motivated!

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

    I tend to leave for home between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.  As the nights draw in I miss the sunset over one particular part in the Downs on the drive home.

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

    The freedom and the increased financial rewards. Although I’ve enjoyed managing teams in the past, when you work on your own you realise how much time you used to spend on managing others.

    [themify_quote]When you work on your own you realise how much time you used to spend on managing others.”[/themify_quote]

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

    I use Kashflow for my accounts. It’s simple to understand and use.

    Where can we find you online?

    You can find me on LinkedIn or http://www.setfords.co.uk.

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

    I think that many people coming into the workplace think that there’s some magic formula but I find that it’s always down to hard work and putting in the time.

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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Writer: Gemma Press

    profile1Every Friday, The Freelance Lifestyle finds out a little bit more about other freelancers. This week, it’s the lovely Gemma Press from London

    Tell us a bit about you!

    Hi! I’m Gemma and I’m a freelance writer living and working in London. I also dabble in social media and ecommerce. I spend most of my days writing blog posts, web copy and social media content or teaching brands how to do this for themselves. I also run my own online jewellery shop, GEMAJewellery.com.

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

    I’ve been freelancing for just over a year now. I started because I discovered I could! I didn’t really know a lot about self-employment before I started my first job in online editorial & social media after university and as soon as I figured out I could write and tweet for a living, on my own terms, it was really all I wanted to do.

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

    When I started working for myself I was really strict. I thought I needed to be up and ready, sat at my desk for 9am every day, like ‘normal’ people. Over time I’ve relaxed a little (with the help of my penchant for lie ins!) and just make sure I’m up in good time according to what I’ve got on that day.

    Do you work from home?

    Yep. I commandeered our dining room table a while back but I’m hoping for a home office when we move as I think it’ll really help me to switch off in the evenings – I’ve been known to slink back to my desk after tea if an idea pops in to my head..

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    I usually ease myself in gently with a bit of E News (The Kardashians is my guilty pleasure!), yoga or a walk. I’ll have breakfast at my desk and no doubt I’ll have already had my fill of social media scrolling in bed so from there so I just get stuck in. I’ll try to avoid my e-mails for about an hour, just so I can check in on my client’s social channels and blog comments before dealing with new projects and questions.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    I’ll usually check e-mails, my client’s social channels or edit one of my own blog posts while I eat my lunch at my desk (some form of grain-y salad or something avocado-rich) but then I’ll make sure I take a half an hour walk at some point in the afternoon when I start to lag. I’m conscious that downgrading from commuting for 3 hours/day to working from home means I’m a lot less active (!) so I try to eat healthily and get out as much as possible.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    My afternoons are usually spent on bigger tasks like writing blog posts and newsletters for clients, editing press releases or organising new social media campaigns. I’ve recently started running monthly social media workshops for startups and new businesses so I’ll try to squeeze in a bit of planning for that or I’ll actually be presenting the workshop or working on the ebook to go alongside it.

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

    Enjoying my life and work is a really big motivator. When I get a bit lazy or lost on the ASOS new in page / BuzzFeed for too long I remind myself how lucky I am to be able to do this and so I shouldn’t waste time. I try not to take for granted that my work is so flexible.

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

    Usually around 6pm when my boyfriend comes home from his job. When my boyfriend is out of town I really miss this little end of the day indicator and tend to carry on working till around 8pm without realising or until I get hungry for tea!

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

    Being a bit more selective about the projects I take on is brilliant as I’ve really been able to hone in on my experience and passion for fashion, beauty, travel, food and new business.

    Also the extra time. Not having to commute / work to someone else’s schedule has left me more time to work on my own projects like my fashion and food blogs and growing my very own jewellery business – something I would not have had the time or confidence to do before I started working for myself.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    I’m sure I’ll sound like a broken record but, payment. It’s really sad that some companies think it’s okay to pay freelancers late and it can sometimes impact on my attitude towards my career-choice. That is my ONE negative though – otherwise I love love love it.

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

    I rely heavily on my reach-out-and-touch it notebooks and diary and would be lost without Post It notes. I also use the Reminders app on my iPhone to remind me to publish posts at certain times and Citymapper is a huge help when I’m trying to get around London for client meetings quickly. Also Canva – it’s free and great for re-sizing pictures, creating Facebook / Twitter banners and quick blog images with text.

    Where can we find you online?

    http://www.gemmapress.com

    https://twitter.com/GemmaLucyPress

    http://www.DressWithPress.com / http://www.MakeEatSleep.wordpress.com / http://www.ALittlePlaceCalledBlog.wordpress.com

    http://www.GEMAJewellery.com

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

    I think if you want to be successful working for yourself you have to be a go-getter. I’m constantly striving to be better at what I do and seeking out new opportunities. Plus I make the most of the life this kind of working has allowed me, which I think makes me successful but in a different way.

    Thanks Gemma! Gemma is running a social media for startups workshop for freelancers looking to get their services online too.

  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Social Media Consultant – Jayne Robinson from Jayne’s Kitschen

    Zo91paTrTime for another Day In The Life Of A Freelance interview! This week, it’s beauty guru and tweetaholic Jayne Robinson, who gives us a peek into her daily life. 

    Tell us a bit about you!

    I’m Jayne, I’ve lived in London for the past four years but recently relocated to Brighton. I’m a freelance social media consultant and offer my services as a copywriter and blogger relations consultant with a speciality in the beauty industry.

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

    I started freelancing about six months ago. I’ve always wanted to be flexible with my workload so that I could pursue personal projects in my spare time and manage health problems that made it difficult for me to work a normal 9-5 job. After four years working in-house and agency side in digital, it was a scary move but so far it’s been the best thing for me for sure.

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

    I’m very flexible, because of my health it really depends how I’m feeling as to how I work. I don’t work everyday either. Most of the time I prefer working in the afternoon or evening and find I work best with a film or TV show on the background. Weird I know, but it helps me concentrate and keeps me smiling.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes, I mostly work from home, which is my preference. I like being able to be flexible with my time and if the weather is nice I know I can pop out for a walk at any point without being restricted to an office environment. I’ve done freelance contracts in an office too, which works well when you need an income boost or some new experience, but in the long-term, I’d prefer to work from home.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    Again, it really varies depending on what else is going on in life for me and that’s what I love about freelancing, I like being my own boss and working to my own schedule. I don’t like routine, so it suits me that I don’t really have one, everyday is different.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    Yes, I’m fortunate that I don’t work normal office hours, so always make time to enjoy some time to myself and time to share with my boyfriend everyday. I work my freelance work around my personal life and personal projects instead of the other way around. Pretty amazing right?

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

    To do lists are my saviour! It’s a tiny thing but I find it extremely satisfying to be able to cross things off a list. Also, it gives me a simple way to see how much there is to do by a certain deadline. Simple but effective. I also set goals, like I’ll go for a walk after I’ve finished this content plan.

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

    I adore the flexibility, I don’t have to work any set hours most of the time and I can fit it around what I want to do. It’s how life should be in my opinion, more focus on what makes you happy instead of what makes you money. I also love that I’ve been fortunate enough to specialise in beauty, which I’m incredibly passionate about, doing work that I’m enthusiastic about doesn’t feel like work.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    The risk is not fun. A lot of freelance work is unpredictable and doesn’t have the safety nets that full-time work gives. So to get around that I’ve got a part-time retail job which is my safety money, it means that whatever happens I know that I’ll have the money to pay my bills which lifts a massive weight off my mind.

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

    The only things that are essential to my freelancing life is my phone, GoogleDocs and Hootsuite. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 which has superb battery life and holds all the apps I need for managing social media. Google Docs makes sharing documents super fast and simple and Hootsuite keeps all my social media platforms in one place.

    screenshot716Where can we find you online?

    EVERYWHERE! Social media is on my mind 24/7 since it’s my career and my passion, on most networks I’m @JayneKitsch and you can find my fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, where all of this stemmed from my blog.

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

    Passion. I think that’s the only key to success in anything, if you love something enough it shows and that passes on to everyone you work with making you a great person to work with and memorable. I don’t think enough people have a passion in their work lives.

    Thanks for your time Jayne!

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