Welcome to a regular series here at the Freelance Lifestyle, where we take a little peek into the daily life of a freelancer. This week, I’m excited that Jane Thomas has given us an insight into her freelance life as a PR.
Hi Jane, tell us a bit about you
I’m Jane and I freelance in public relations, mainly across the sports, arts and culture sectors. I am based in lovely Shrewsbury but most of my work lies across the border in Wales as I spent a large part of my career as a PR Manager in Cardiff.
How long have you been freelancing, and why did you start?
I relocated to Shrewsbury two years ago with my husband and toddler. My husband had started a new job in the West Midlands. It meant leaving my job as PR Manager for Sport Wales which I loved. But it was time to do my own thing. I was really keen to carve out something for myself, continue working with the sports sector but also introduce more variety, plus I wanted to do something that could work around my son and, in future, the school run and holidays.
Let’s talk about how you start your day – are you an early riser or night owl?
I have a four year old! I rise as soon as he climbs over me, screaming “I want to go downstairs!”
What time do you usually start work?
About 9am usually. I currently work 2-3 days a week.
Do you work from home?
Yes, I am lucky to have an office at home which I can escape to. Though in the winter, you’ll find me near the woodburner!
What’s your morning routine before you start work?
The routine is all about getting my son to pre-school on time. As soon as I am back, I make a quick coffee and get started. When he starts school, I’d like to introduce a walk before work but time is too precious at the moment. The day flies by and, before I know it, it’s time to pick him up.
Do you take a lunch break?
Yes, I do try. I fix a quick lunch and step away from the laptop for a while.
What’s your favourite thing about freelancing?
The variety. I was very fortunate that as soon as I started freelancing, I continued working with sports organisations but I also took on clients such as the BFI, Film Hub Wales and a youth music charity. So my week can often involve promoting grassroots football for the FAW Trust whilst generating coverage for a new film season.
What tools/apps/gadgets could you not live without as a freelancer?
Email, Timesheet, Dropbox. I’m also a big fan of a few Facebook groups for freelancers (Editor note: you can join The Freelance Lifestyle one by signing up for my free weekly newsletter, and Freelance PRs is also worth a look). It’s a great way of introducing some virtual chat because I do miss the camaraderie that comes with working in an office.
Finally, where can we find you online?