Welcome To The Freelance Lifestyle

Your hub of practical tips and advice to live your best freelance life, from bite-sized promotion tasks, to working from home wisdom! 

Welcome To The Freelance Lifestyle

Your hub of practical tips and advice to live your best freelance life, from bite-sized promotion tasks, to working from home wisdom! 

Are you freelance, or thinking of going freelance?

Do you feel like you’re constantly treading water in your freelance life, worrying where the next bit of work will come from?

Do you feel anxious that you don’t have a strategy, plan or goals, so you feel like you’re constantly reacting rather than being proactive?

Or perhaps you have no idea where to even start with freelancing, and you’re feeling overwhelmed?

Would you like to feel back in control?

Would you like to have more predictive (and a higher) income each month, without resorting to getting a job?

Would you like to know exactly what you have to do each day/week/month to achieve your goals?

Would you like support and accountability, from a freelancer who has been there (that’s me, a freelancer of ten years!)?

If so, I can help!

Through 1-1 coaching, I help new and established freelancers get focused, get accountable, and get achieving those goals.

Ways to work with me…

1:1 Coaching & Mentoring

Looking for 1-2-1 support? My coaching and mentoring packages are for you! Sessions take place over Zoom. You can find out more about my coaching packages, and how to book a free 15 minute coaching consultation, by clicking the link below.

Join The Freelance Business Lounge

The Freelance Business Lounge is my monthly membership, containing a bundle of freelancing resources in my Teachable school, a private Facebook group and weekly group coaching calls.

Overcome ‘ The Fear’ and go freelance in 30 days

Want to be a freelance success? You don’t have to go it alone!

I’m here to take you through those first 30 days. This course will give you the tools and knowledge to set yourself up and be ready to start your freelancing journey. 

Hello!

I’m Emma Cossey, a long-term freelancer, mum and all round digital geek, and I’m happy to welcome you to The Freelance Lifestyle.

I launched this blog in 2011, to provide freelancers with down-to-earth support, and practical advice. I wanted it to be a kind, supportive place to get tips and advice on living a great freelance life (without the constant narrative of ‘earn six figures or you’re failing’).

Since then, the community has morphed into that friendly and honest place I dreamt of visiting when I first started out as a freelancer back in 2009. The space to celebrate successes, discuss the challenging elements of freelancing, and to connect with others on the same path. Because working on your own shouldn’t mean being alone!

Client Love…

“Being in the Business Lounge feels like having a freelance family – there’s always someone there to offer a helpful perspective, a piece of advice, or a virtual hug! The weekly calls keep me accountable – plus seeing and talking to other people about what’s going on in our businesses is incredibly reassuring. The coaching exercises Emma runs are where I can really feel myself being supported and stretched. I can honestly say I set and achieve goals that I wouldn’t without The Business Lounge”.

Rebecca BroadFreelance Communicator

“When I joined the business lounge I had work coming in but was in need of a new challenge. Working through Emma’s group exercises and having the support of the group really helped me focus on what I was needing. I now have a handful of new and exciting projects and opportunities lined up for 2020 and feel I am moving my career forward”

Lyndsey Clark, 

Freelance museum and exhibitions consultant

“The Freelance Business Lounge is packed full of resources and has everything you need whether you’re at the start of your freelance journey or have been going for a while. Emma is an experienced freelancer and coach. She shares her years of experience so you can hit the ground running and not fumble your way through freelance life. She also brings her calmness to the group and is great to chat to if you’re having a wobble.”

 Lisa Pierce, Tech & Marketing Strategist

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Returning to freelancing after a break: What I learnt

Returning to freelancing after a break: What I learnt

I’m about to start freelancing for the second time in my working life. The first time was after redundancy, when I did a series of contracts before taking the plunge and working from home as a freelancer for a couple of years. This time round it was an active choice after returning from maternity leave. What did I learn from the first time round?

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Listen to the podcast…

 

The Freelance Teabreak is a weekly bitesize podcast for you to listen to while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil! Full of tips, news and discussion for freelancers.

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Pitch Tips

Organise a ‘drop-in’ session in a coffee shop, where people can get 10-15 minute consultations, in exchange for the price of a coffee.
Find a Twitter chat for your area or industry and get involved!
Jump on Instagram Stories and record an introduction story to add to your Highlights.
Share a testimonial on your social media channels.
Ask for testimonials from clients, either with an e-mail template or through LinkedIn.
Update your Google My Business listing, and download the My Business app to update it regularly.
Ask your clients to review your business on Google My Business.
Share a ‘thought-leadership’ post on LinkedIn. More eyes on your content, more eyes on your profile!
Make a note of all the promotion days in the Facebook groups you’re in, and create an eye-catching graphic or photo for them.
Offer to add clients to a monthly newsletter where you update on news relevant to them (and the services you have that can help them with it!).
Offer clients and past clients a referral bonus. This could be a £10 Amazon card, a complimentary hour of your services or a small % off their next invoice.
Pitch yourself to podcasts as a guest.
Write a list of 10 companies you’d love to work with, and follow them on social media. Interact! Build a relationship. Then pitch.
Follow the #journorequest on Twitter for PR opportunities.

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