• What are your core priorities for 2019?

    Happy New Year everyone! 

    The Freelancer’s Teabreak is BACK! I’ve got a whole year of content planned for you, so keep an eye out for a new episode each week. 

    This week, the topic is all about identifying your key priorities for your business and life. If you want to take your goal setting further, come join us in the Facebook group – we’re having a Freelance Planning Party!  

    Join the Lifestash: https://freelancelifestyle.teachable.com 

    Find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmacossey/

    Brand new podcast

  • Three things to include in your Terms & Conditions: Podcast

    If Terms & Conditions are on your Boring Admin List, I’ve got a podcast (and a free template) for you! Terms and Conditions are a vital part of the freelance relationship with a client – they set the standard, and back you up if you have to refer to something in the future (e.g. late payers). In this five minute episode of The Freelancer’s Teabreak, I discuss what you need to include and why.

    Want the free template? It’s over here! 

    How to listen to The Freelancer’s Teabreak podcast

    I now have four ways you can catch the podcast!

    Right here on the blog:

    Through iTunes

    Through Spotify

    Through my YouTube channel

  • Brilliant apps and tools to try in February: Podcast

    Regular readers will know I’m a huge fan of tech, tools and apps for having a more efficient, productive and fun freelance life. This week, I’ve recorded a podcast sharing three of my current favourites, from one that makes the most of your Facebook Lives and podcasts, to one to plan out your Instagram feed. In fact, the first tool I mention is the one I use to create a video of my podcast, which you can see below, with just one click!

    How to listen to The Freelancer’s Teabreak podcast

    I now have three ways you can catch the podcast! Through iTunes Through Spotify Through my YouTube channel


    Grab your phone, it’s time to up your app game!

    (Some of these links are affiliate links, but I only recommend tools I use, and I pay for all of these)

    Which apps are rocking your freelance life at the moment?

  • Three ways to speed up invoice payments: Podcast


    The podcast is back for 2018! I’ve missed recording these little snippets you can listen to while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, and this episode is one that’s particularly important for freelancers – invoice payments. How can we speed them up, deal with the late payers and reduce the stress of waiting to be paid? I’ve got three tips up my sleeve for you!

    How to listen to The Freelancer’s Teabreak podcast

    I now have three ways you can catch the podcast!

    Through iTunes

    Through Spotify

    Through my YouTube channel

    Can’t listen to the audio right now? Here’s the TL;DR (or should it be TL;DL?) version:

    • Late Payment Fees – the stick approach of charging clients who have gone past the payment deadline without making a payment
    • Early payment discount – the carrot approach of offering a small incentive (say, 4% discount off their next invoice) if they pay within a certain timeframe. This works best for me with big clients who tend to have very long payment terms, unless you offer some form of incentive to pay earlier
    • Go Cardless Direct Debit – You can now set up direct debits for clients through Go Cardless. This is particularly beneficial if they have the same amount to pay each month. Setting up the direct debit means you know your fee will be paid on a predictable date, and if they’re unhappy about setting one up it could highlight a potential bad payer.

    If you’re looking for a template for the late payment fees and early payment discounts, I have one in the Freelance Lifestash!

    Crunch Chorus also have some handy templates if you do have to chase payments.

    Do you have any methods for speeding up payments?

  • 15(ish) more podcasts to add to your listening list


    One of the things I tend to geek out about most is podcasts. I’ve been an avid listening of podcasts for over a decade, and have built up a catalogue of favourites. As I’ve had a few requests recently for recommendations, I wanted to put together an updated list of podcasts to listen to.

    So, here it is!

    How I Got Here 

    If you’re curious about how some of the big players in the digital world got to where they are, How I Got Here is a must listen.

    All The Stuff 

    All The Stuff is a podcast run by Jen Turell (finances) Lisa Sharp (decluttering) and Lisa Carpenter (nutrition) is all about all the ‘stuff’ we deal with, and how to stay on top of it.

    The Tony Robbins podcast

    I haven’t always been a Tony Robbins fan (generally, I’m not a huge fan of shouty types). But his recently Netflix documentary changed that view, and his podcasts are just as informative and entertaining.

    Like Minded Friends

    For some lighthearted listening, check out the audio offering from hilarious (it’s their job after all) duo Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen. Essentially they just chat about a different topic each month on Like Minded Friends, but it’s always entertaining.

    Get It On

    Dawn O’Porter launched her style podcast last year, and it’s now one of my favourites. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be stylish to listen in (god knows I’m not). Get It On is all about interviewing celebs on what inspires them, what their fashion fails and wins are and debating everything from vintage clothing to what photo they’d like to be remembered for.

    The Guilty Feminist

    I am a guilty feminist. I am 100% supportive of feminism but there are things I like to do (swoon over the cast of Magic Mike, for instance) that makes me feel a bit guilty. I love Guilty Feminist, for making me feel a bit more normal. Plus, it’s pretty damn funny.


    The High Tea Cast girls are back, with the revamped podcast (and name) Unsorry. Much like Like Minded Friends, it’s a weekly 30ish minute shows focused on a different topic each week. Sam Sparrow and Lea Rice are witty, insightful and a bit like listening to your favourite friends.

    VOOM Podcast

    VOOM is the podcast from Virgin, interviewing businesspeople and sharing their top tips.

    The Right Brain Geek

    The Right Brain Geek is by Pascale, and is packed full of tech advice and business tips in bite size audio snippets.

    Ctrl Alt Delete

    Emma Gannon is a bit of a Twitter celebrity now (and has recently launched her own book), but her podcast Ctrl Alt Delete is a really interesting insight into the lives of other digital starts – from Zoella to Meik Wiking (who wrote The Little Book Of Hygge).


    Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s books The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. Her podcast Happier, with her sister Elizbeth Craft, is a weekly chat about how to be happier, with both sisters setting goals for the next episode.

    RuPaul: What’s The Tee? With Michelle Visage

    It’s RuPaul and Michelle Visage. Chatting. No other reason needed 🙂

    Being Freelance

    Being Freelance is the brainchild of Steve Folland, where he interviews different freelancers (*ahem* disclosure: including me) about their experiences. It also includes the game ‘two truths and a lie’ at the end. I like podcasts with added games.

    Rock Your Fabulous Biz

    Ruby McGuire is someone I have followed for a while, and I’m currently on her Visibility Bootcamp. The reason I’m mentioning this, is because her brilliant podcast of biz tips was one of the reasons I wanted to work with her. So if you’re thinking of starting your own, it could also generate you business.

    The Tim Ferris Show

    If you haven’t heard of Tim Ferris, there’s a good chance you have heard of his book’s Four Hour Work Week, Four Hour Body and Four Hour Chef (he’s also recently launched Tools Of Titans). His podcast is all about being the best you can be. I don’t listen to all of his episodes (some of them are over two hours long!) but his interview with Tony Robbins is definitely worth a listen.

    Oh, and I couldn’t finish without mentioning my own….

    Freelancer’s Teabreak

    My podcast is full of tea-break-length episodes for freelancers, on topics varying from work/life balance to goal setting.

    Which podcasts do you rate?

  • What drives you as a freelancer? A podcast series

    transactional drivers for freelancers

    What drives you as a freelancer? I’m not talking money, work/life balance or a rewarding workload (although those are all very valid reasons). I’m talking about a term used in coaching – transactional drivers. Transactional drivers are the ways in which we respond to times of challenge or stress. Even in an ideal world freelancers face tricky or challenging situations, and understanding why you react the way you do can be hugely beneficial.

    There are five drivers – Work Harder, Be Perfect, Please Others, Be Strong and Hurry Up. Reading those, are there any that stand out, or ring a bell for you? These are the critical voices that pop up in our heads when we’re dealing with tricky situations like pitching for a new project or dealing with client criticism. Understanding what your main drivers are (at the current time, the chances are that all of these will apply at some point in your life for you) can help you overcome those negative voices. For example, if Work Harder is a strong one for you, you may want to think back to where this started. Did you encounter pressure to always do better when younger? Do you now feel like whatever you do isn’t good enough? In coaching, we then challenge these drivers and work on being in control of them rather than them controlling you. Understanding your drivers can also help you identify what projects to take on, which clients are a great match and how much time you need to give yourself for work.

    Got 20 minutes? Catch the Transactional Drivers podcasts

    Last month, I recorded a series of podcasts giving a brief overview of each of the transactional drivers and how it can impact on your freelance life. You can listen to them below, in Soundcloud or by listening on iTunes. You can also take a transactional drivers quiz here if you’re unsure which one you are.

    Which driver(s) do you think apply to you right now?

  • 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 #30 Is freelancing for graduates?

    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 Teabreak: “Episode 30 Is freelancing for graduates”:

    Is freelancing right for graduates?

    One of the things I’m really passionate about is demonstrating that freelancing is for everyone, and that freelancing for grads is a very real career option. I graduated a decade ago with a degree in business, and at the time freelancing wasn’t even a suggested option. Isn’t that crazy? Teaching people about business but not how to start their own?. Ten years on, and from the graduates I’ve spoken to, it’s STILL not presented as an option.

    In this week’s episode, I’ve put together some of the reasons why I think graduates should give freelancing (or ‘the career buffet’) a try instead of jumping into an apprenticeship or a job they might not love.

    Were you told about freelancing at university?