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  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Graphic Designer: Amy Purdie

    Amy PurdieTell us a bit about you!

    I’m Amy Purdie, a graphic designer based in South East Northumberland – but I work with clients anywhere in the world.

    I help businesses to stand out, look good all the time and help business owners feel confident about their business image.

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

    I started in February 2010 following redundancy whilst on maternity leave. I wanted the flexibility to work around my daughter and because I was made redundant about a fortnight before I was due back at work I needed a job pronto! So I grabbed the opportunity and haven’t looked back ūüôā

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

    I try to get my daughter to nursery for 8.45 – I usually fail – it’ll be interesting how this works when she starts school! I’m definitely naturally a night owl, but I need to fit in around her schedule so I normally get up around 7 (or later once I’ve hit snooze more times than I should have!), eat toast and yoghurt while trying to wake her up (she’s not a morning person) and then we manage to fling everything together and rush out the house by about 9.

    What time do you start work?

    I work in my parents’ house which is about 15/20 minutes drive away so it’s usually around 9.30.

    Do you work from home?

    No. I work in a spare room at my parents’ house which is fantastic. I have an office that isn’t in my house, I don’t pay rent or any other bills, I get to see my parents either before they start work or when they come home most days and I get to eat Mam’s homemade cake! It’s perfect. Sometimes they leave me notes saying lovely things like “crumble in the fridge” or “you’d like this book” and during the school holidays when Mam is home she makes me lunch. I love it, and it means I can leave everything behind me when I go home – although I can always open up my laptop and be back at work on the dining table in the evening… I try not to do that though and I’m getting so much better!

    [themify_quote]I find the drive really helpful – I write blog posts in my head, I make lists, I draft emails, I have ideas.” [/themify_quote]

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    Once I get up and have breakfast I get my daughter and I ready – sometimes my husband helps – drop her at nursery and drive to work. I find the drive really helpful. I write blog posts in my head, I make lists, I draft emails, I have ideas – driving is really useful, it’s the same on the way home! Then when I get to work I’m already in work mode so I just need a drink and off I go.

    Do you take a lunch break?

    Sometimes I do – and I definitely do when Mam’s at home – but most of the time I’ll use the time to watch a TED talk or read a newsletter or check Twitter or just to make a list. I love a good list!

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    Much as I spend the mornings – on a current project. So I could be designing a logo or a website or putting some brand guidelines together. I try to arrange meetings for the mornings as I’m much more productive in the afternoons so I’m usually in the office working on something – and loving it.

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

    If I lose my oomph then I’ll hop onto Facebook and look at pictures of my daughter for a bit and then it comes back! Or I’ll take a look at my vision board or just change the project I’m working on. I work on more than one thing at once so it’s easy to chop and change for a bit.

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

    I pick my daughter up from nursery at 6 so at 5.40 I’m usually rushing out the door to make sure I’m not late. If I need to go shopping I might leave a bit earlier so I can tackle the supermarket on my own – on a Friday it’s Daddy day so there’s not such a big rush to leave but I try to make it about the same time.

    [themify_quote] There’s always something new to learn or something challenging to try and I love hearing about what other people do and how their businesses work.” [/themify_quote]

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

    The people. I have met so many interesting people in real life and online – who have really helped me since I started. There’s always something new to learn or something challenging to try and I love hearing about what other people do and how their businesses work.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    Not switching off. Sometimes I feel that all I talk about is work – but it’s always on my mind! I’ll think of things I need to do, or ideas for a project or something I should blog about at really inconvenient times and then I’ll disappear into my phone or my laptop and that’s not great for my family. Although I think they mind more than me! Sometimes my husband goes out for a child-free coffee while I “should” be working and I find it really hard because I feel like I should be back at the office, even though I set my own timetable!

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

    My diary. I have a paper diary, I can’t get away with popping things in my phone. I love it.

    Notebooks – I scribble a lot, I write tons of notes, I’m always referring to my notebooks, tearing pages out of them to go in the client files and doodling ideas and making lists. I’d be lost if I didn’t have a notebook. Or a pen for that matter!

    Social media – this has been a huge help for my business ever since I started. Tweeting and breastfeeding worked really well together in the first year and now I find that Facebook is more successful for me.

    Also my iPhone and my iMac. Essential!

    Where can we find you online?

    Website: http://www.whiteacresdesign.co.uk
    http://www.Facebook.com/WhiteacresDesign
    http://www.Twitter.com/amypurdie
    https://plus.google.com/+AmyPurdie/posts
    http://www.Linkedin.com/in/amypurdie
    http://www.youtube.com/user/whiteacresdesign
    http://www.Pinterest.com/Whiteacres/
    http://www.Instagram.com/amypurdie

    To achieve Design Success you can get my free Design Success Toolkit packed full of checklists, tips, questions and ideas to make your business image work.

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

    Ooo… I think it’s Very Hard Work and being open to learn and implement those changes.

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  • 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 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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  • 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 – http://www.rosalilium.com/
    Blognix – http://www.blognix.com
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/rosalilium_
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rosalilium
    Instagram – http://instagram.com/rosalilium
    Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/rosalilium/
    Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+RosaliliumUK/
    Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/rosaliliumtv

    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!

  • A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer ReeRee Rockette

    A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer

    Love having a nosy at other people’s working days? This week, ReeRee Rockette gives us a sneak peek at her freelance life.¬†

    miONRcYoTell us a bit about you!

    ReeRee Rockette, I’m a blogger/writer and I own a hair salon in East London. Although not technically a freelancer, I feel a lot of my actual work (I’m not a hairdresser) is very similar to what a freelancer may do. I work from home a lot, and juggle my online plates the best I can.

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

    I quit my career in education back in 2010 and off the back of my blog , launched a lipstick line in 2011. In 2012 I changed paths (but not brand) and opened my salon – Rockalily Cuts

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

    I’m an early-ish riser, but not an early worker. I like to take ages to ‘wake’ and am a night owl when it comes to productivity. I always joke that I wrote my dissertation at 2am night after night.

    What time do you start work?

    If I’m working from the salon, we open at 11am (my choosing!) but I start some form of work as soon as I wake. Like many, the first thing I do is check my emails and social media. This is crucial as people book and change appointments using these methods, so I need to know straight away. Social media is one of the main ways that clients find us, so my use of it is an important part of my role.

    Do you work from home?

    Yes, currently I spend 4 days at home a week. I don’t block any out of ‘days off’, I just work through out the day as and when is needed. I love my work, and I love my life, so I would never complain! I get to be really flexible on these 4 days, so some days feel pretty full whereas others do not. It’s perfect for the type of personality I have.

    What’s your working routine before you start work?

    I wake, check emails and social media, and boil the kettle. While my coffee is cooling down I get dressed and do my hair and make up. I play some sort of background tv as company as I live alone. I drink my coffee and then take pictures of my outfit (I’m a style blogger!).

    Do you take a lunch break?

    Not really. I don’t need to.

    How do you tend to spend your afternoons?

    It really depends. I don’t have schedules as such.

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

    I devour business books. They keep me in the right frame of mind, but I think I’m a pretty motivated person anyhow. I also like to reflect on my goals and refocus myself if I’ve swayed off track.

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

    Again, I don’t really. My work is spread thin but constantly, rather than fixed into blocks.

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

    I love the freedom of my lifestyle, and the complete control I have over my own success. I get to hire people who are awesome and adore my work.I got to create a career around what I love as well as what I’m best at.

    And your least favourite thing about freelancing?

    The responsibility and the money (bills, taxes, employment etc).

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

    The internet. I adore my Galaxy S4 for being able to connect where ever I am. I’ve used Hootsuite as my twitter app for years and wouldn’t be without it. I’m also addicted to tabs in my browser.

    Where can we find you online?

    http://www.rockalily.com – my business
    http://www.rockalily.com/blog – my blog
    Twitter – @ReeReeRockette @RockalilyLondon
    Instagram – @rockalily @rockalilycuts
    Facebook – facebook.com/rockalilylondon

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

    Immersing yourself in your quest – and loving it.