Three Minute Podcast

  • 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: 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

  • 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.

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

    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

  • Three surprising perks to going freelance

    The Freelancers Teabreak
    You’d think recording a three minute weekly podcast would be a breeze. Especially as I don’t tend to faff about with editing it. But this week, it took me three attempts at recording this episode.
    Attempt 1 took place in my car. I had dreams of recording a breezy podcast while driving like Russell Brunson’s excellent Marketing In Your Car podcast. Unfortunately as a) I don’t drive a quiet Hybrid and b) the podcast was scattered with silences as I attempted to multi-task and swears when someone neglected to use their indicator, the recording was useless.
    Attempt 2 went perfectly. I recorded it into Evernote….then accidentally deleted it with a tap of my thumb on my iPhone. Goodie.
    So, you’ve got attempt 3! This week, I’m talking about three of the perks of freelancing that you don’t necessarily think about when you go into it.

    What have you discovered since going freelance? New friends? New skills? New ambitions? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter or by joining my Facebook group.

  • The Freelancer’s Teabreak Podcast: Struggling to market your biz?

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    What happens when you offer your clients an amazing marketing service…but fail at tooting your own horn?

    For over six years now, I’ve been offering social media marketing and online content services to my clients. I feel pretty damn good about the services I offer – and the results I’ve achieved. Especially when I’m working with clients who have the kind of products or services that I can’t wait to tell people about. I LOVE helping people make their great stuff more widely recognised.

    But when it comes to my own? Nuh uh. I fail at tooting my own horn. 

    Y’see, when you pour your heart and soul into a product or service, it becomes a really personal, emotional thing. I definitely feel very protective over the ecourses and ebooks I’ve done. To the point of being scared to put it out there for fear of rejection or negativity. Essentially, I’ve become an overprotective mother when it comes to my products.

    Well, that won’t do. 

    In 2015, I’ve decided to make a change. Instead of trying to promote something I’m too emotionally attached to, I’m doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a while…

  • 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 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!

  • 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.