• A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer: Elizabeth Sellers of Blognix

    rosaliliumMorning everyone! Time for another peek into the daily life of a freelancer. This week, it’s my freelance friend Elizabeth Sellers, who is the brains behind the blog Rosalillium, and the blogging conference Blognix (which I’ll be speaking at in just over a week).

    Blognix is a blogging conference that is fully inclusive for bloggers from all genres and abilities to come learn, connect and be inspired. It takes place in Birmingham on Saturday 14th June (you still have time to grab a ticket!). It is the most affordable blogging conference out there and offer incredible value (seriously, check out all the speakers and workshops)

    Tell us a bit about you!

    I’m Elizabeth. I’m a freelance blogger, writer, social media botherer and event organiser. I am rather nomadic, moving house every 6 to 10 months or so. Currently based in the Midlands.

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

    I’ve been freelancing for a few years now. Initially it was a necessity as I had a back injury and was unable to take up employment so I needed to find ways to make the monies from home. And then it turned out that I love the online life!

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

    I like a solid eight hours sleep so I probably wake up naturally around 8am. I am pretty slow to get started in the morning. I need a good dose of caffeine and a scroll through my Twitter stream before I really get productive.

    What time do you start work?

    It varies but mostly around 9.30 to 10am.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes and various coffee shops around town. I have just managed to secure a cheap office with the boyf, who is also a work-from-home consultant, and so looking forward to separating my tiny living space from work.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    • Check Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
    • Get out of bed. Yes, I check social media before I do anything. Don’t judge me!
    • Shower and dress.
    • Light a candle on my desk.
    • Eat a bowl of bran flakes with a cup of tea or coffee whilst going through emails.
    • Tidy up my desk and work space.
    • Scribble down a to-do list in my notebook.
    • Then tackle as many tasks as possible before lunch.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    Yes, I have to. I get terribly grouchy if I don’t eat. I normally watch some youtube or read blogs whilst I eat. It’s a productive lunch break.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    More of the same. Blogging, emailing, creating, photographing, editing, planning etc etc etc.

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

    Sheer terror of failing tends to keep me going. I don’t believe in the word ‘bored’ – there is always something to do!

    But if I’m in a rut, I’ll switch off by changing my environment or activity. For example, I enjoy working from coffee shops so will often grab my laptop and leave my desk. And to switch off completely I will either cook, read a book or watching some Buffy on Netflix.

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

    This really depends on what time I got started. If I decided to do yoga or run some errands in the morning then I will make up the time in the evening. I tend to do between 6 and 12 hours a day.

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

    Freedom. I like being in charge of my time, productivity and tasks.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    Financial insecurity.

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

    • Gmail and all of the Google Apps – Calendar, Hangouts and Drive are rad.
    • Hootsuite for social media
    • Aweber for delivering my e-course
    • Instagram for pretty pictures.
    • And my iphone is a saviour.

    Where can we find you online?

    Blog –
    Blognix –
    Twitter –
    Facebook –
    Instagram –
    Pinterest –
    Google+ –
    Youtube –

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

    Ha! I’m not sure I’m a success yet. But I believe working hard, not giving up and continually learning is the key to success.

    Want to share what you get up to on a daily basis as a freelancer? Simply fill in our form!

  • Who’s coming to Blognix on the 14th June? *Raises hand*


    What are you doing on the 14th June? Fancy coming along to an event that combines talks on blogging, photography, communities with a bake off, picnic and the nicest bunch of people you could ask to meet?

    You’ll need to get a ticket for Blognix then.

    The Birmingham-based blogger event (in the trendy Custard Factory – are you sensing a food theme here?) is designed to provide new and experienced bloggers with an opportunity to learn more, meet other bloggers and have fun. Last year’s event offered a great mix of content, with even the more seasoned bloggers learning something new (my particular favourites were the photography sessions and Kim’s blog design session). It has a really relaxed, friendly environment – partly because it’s organised by lifestyle blogger Elizabeth Sellars (one of the nicest people you could probably meet).

    So, why am I telling you about this? Partly because I know a good chunk of my readers blog too so this should be right up your street! But also to let you know that I’ll be on the speaking line up (talking about freelancing, obvs), along with some Freelance Lifestyle favourites including Rosie from One Man Band Accounting, Sam and Lea from The High Tea Cast, Hayley from Bonjour Blogger, Hayley from LBQBlog and Kim Lawler. So to see a few friendly freelance faces would be lovely.

    Why come to Blognix 2014?

    * Talks from inspiring, successful expert bloggers (check out the speakers page for details)

    * In-depth workshops

    * Plenty of networking opportunities

    * A fun-packed day with like-minded individuals (seriously, I now work regularly with two of the bloggers I met at Blognix, and chat to many others on a regular basis)

    * Free tasty lunch

    * Free tea and coffee station

    * Photobooth fun (the line starts behind me)

    * Chance to take part in this year’s Blognix Bake-Off

  • Speaking at Blognix in Birmingham


    In just over a week, I’ll be on my way to Birmingham, to a place called The Custard Factory, to speak about social media, enjoy a picnic and chat to some of the most exciting bloggers in the UK.

    Sounds interesting? It’s Blognix!

    Blognix is a blogger event organised by Elizabeth Sellers from Rosalilium.  A successful blogger in her own right, Elizabeth has gathered together a group of us bloggers to speak about a topic of our choice. Speakers include:

    (I actually read and love most of these blogs already, so I’m going to have to keep my fan girl face in check. More info on them on Rosalilium’s blog)

    As a blogger, you can expect to learn about:

    • Working with PR’s
    • Social Media Tips and Techniques
    • Turning Blogging into a Career
    • Blogging Ethics and Best Practice
    • Photography for Blogging
    • Blog Design
    • and more!

    The bloggers who are in the line up all make an income from blogging, so you’ll get great advice you can really put into practice.

    Did I mention there will be a picnic? In a place called The Custard Factory? The really awesome bit is, tickets are just £20. D’ya know what else you can buy for £20?

    • One cinema ticket for a two hour film. And maybe a nasty hot dog.
    • Three magazines. Maybe four if you like the ‘My grandmother was also my mother’ type of weeklies.
    • A McDonald’s drive through
    • A cocktail in London

    Buy a £20 ticket for Blognix, and you’ll get:

    • A whole day of tutorials and sessions with bloggers
    • A Q&A session
    • A picnic lunch and refreshments through the day
    • A great networking experience with likeminded people.

    That’s just good maths.

    Most of the tickets have now gone, but there are a few left. You can snap them up on the Blognix event page.

    If you can’t make it, you can follow the #Blognix hashtag on Twitter for the latest updates.

    So, who’s coming to Blognix?