• The Freelancer’s Teabreak #20: Are you getting the most out of LinkedIn?



    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, it’s Friday, cut yourself a huge slice of cake) and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelancer’s Teabreak.

    This week, we’re diving into everyone’s 9th favourite social network – LinkedIn. To be frank, it’s not usually the social network many of us gravitate towards, but it actually has a lot to offer freelancers. I’ve shared a few tips for how to get the most out of it – and potentially land a client.

    To catch this week’s three minute podcast, subscribe on iTunes.

    Do you use LinkedIn regularly? Have you got any success stories? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

    p.s Want to know how to record, edit, upload and blog about a podcast in 15 minutes? I’ve got a Periscope video coming up on the blog very soon about that….

  • The Freelancer’s Teabreak #19: Reader’s Question – how do you juggle multiple clients?

    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, it’s Friday, cut yourself a huge slice of cake) and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelancer’s Teabreak.

    This week, Kerri Walker left me a question on voicemail (you can submit one using the tab on the right or clicking here) asking about balancing multiple clients. Should you block out time or work through a To Do list?

    Have a listen to find out!

    You can subscribe on iTunes.

  • The Freelancer’s Teabreak #18: Business activities you can do in 15 mins


    It’s podcast time! Pop the kettle on, grab your favourite biscuits (hell, it’s Friday, cut yourself a huge slice of cake) and have a listen to this week’s three minute Freelancer’s Teabreak.

    This week, I chat about those little activities you can do in 15 minutes as a freelancer. I’ve suggest five activities, including some of those ‘I hate them so I’ll shove them to the bottom of my To Do list’ jobs. I always find that thinking about it in terms of ‘only’ being 15 minutes makes it much more managable.

    You can listen in Soundcloud, or subscribe on iTunes.

    What can you get done in 15 minutes?

  • The September challenges

    It’s my favourite month of the year! I adore September. Not only do you get that wonderful ‘fresh new notebooks/new school year’ feeling, but it’s also the start of my favourite season – autumn. September just feels so full of opportunities.

    I’m now 8.5 weeks into motherhood and starting to get a bit more of a routine. It’s lovely to be able to spend time with Oscar and yet still have a little time to do a little blogging. He’s having a nap now, so I wanted to squeeze in a blog post about my plans for September, both on a personal basis and for my business.


    • Weekly podcast show. The Freelancer’s Teabreak returned last week listen here, and I’ve already recorded several for this month. I want to carry on with a weekly podcast.
    • A new #periscopemyprogress challenge. Last week using the #Periscopemyprogress challenge I managed to set up a great workflow for my podcast. I’m going to do it again this month to add a new e-course to The Freelance Lifestyle school
    • Wake at 6am twice a week and grab a morning each weekend to focus entirely on work
    • Put aside an hour to brain du,p and map out my business plans for the next six months.


    • Post-natal Pilates x 3 a week. I’m using a free online trial from Joanna Helcke and finding that it’s a great way to ease back in. 
    • 2x 30 min walks a week. This doesn’t include general walking about e.g doing the shop. I can’t wait to go for a walk in the park as autumn really gets underway.
    • Get back into batch cooking and meal planning. Fail to plan and you plan to fail and all that. I’m aiming to lose 6lbs this month.
    • Go through my wardrobe and clear out everything that doesn’t bring me joy (yup, I’ve been reading The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying)
    • Get Oscar into the routine of sleeping until 6. He’s currently doing 11-5, which we’ve been working on since week 5 when he was doing 11-2:30. We’ve been using the Baby Secrets book and routines and he’s thriving on it. I’d love to get to the point of him sleeping 10-6 by October. 

    What goals do you have for October?

  • Return of the podcast: The Freelancer’s Teabreak

    Happy Friday everybody! A quick post today to announce the return of The Freelancer’s Teabreak podcast. I’ve been working away on a series of new three minute podcasts to listen to while you wait for the kettle to boil, and I’m excited to share with you the first couple! The podcasts are now available on iTunes and Soundcloud, and I’ve now got a spankin’ new intro too.


    Episode 16: A housekeeping episode to catch up on what’s been happening the last few months


    Episode 17: Are you wasting time? In this episode I share what I’ve cut out of my life to claw back lots of time.

    If you want to listen to some of the previous episodes, you can find them in this Soundcloud playlist.

    Want to submit a question? Look to the right of this page and click on the ‘ask a question ‘ tab on the right, where you can record your question. You can also send me a tweet @freelance_life or drop me an email hello@emmacossey.com.


  • Three surprising perks to going freelance

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    You’d think recording a three minute weekly podcast would be a breeze. Especially as I don’t tend to faff about with editing it. But this week, it took me three attempts at recording this episode.
    Attempt 1 took place in my car. I had dreams of recording a breezy podcast while driving like Russell Brunson’s excellent Marketing In Your Car podcast. Unfortunately as a) I don’t drive a quiet Hybrid and b) the podcast was scattered with silences as I attempted to multi-task and swears when someone neglected to use their indicator, the recording was useless.
    Attempt 2 went perfectly. I recorded it into Evernote….then accidentally deleted it with a tap of my thumb on my iPhone. Goodie.
    So, you’ve got attempt 3! This week, I’m talking about three of the perks of freelancing that you don’t necessarily think about when you go into it.

    What have you discovered since going freelance? New friends? New skills? New ambitions? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter or by joining my Facebook group.

  • The Freelancer’s Teabreak Podcast: Struggling to market your biz?


    What happens when you offer your clients an amazing marketing service…but fail at tooting your own horn?

    For over six years now, I’ve been offering social media marketing and online content services to my clients. I feel pretty damn good about the services I offer – and the results I’ve achieved. Especially when I’m working with clients who have the kind of products or services that I can’t wait to tell people about. I LOVE helping people make their great stuff more widely recognised.

    But when it comes to my own? Nuh uh. I fail at tooting my own horn. 

    Y’see, when you pour your heart and soul into a product or service, it becomes a really personal, emotional thing. I definitely feel very protective over the ecourses and ebooks I’ve done. To the point of being scared to put it out there for fear of rejection or negativity. Essentially, I’ve become an overprotective mother when it comes to my products.

    Well, that won’t do. 

    In 2015, I’ve decided to make a change. Instead of trying to promote something I’m too emotionally attached to, I’m doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a while…

  • Freelancer’s Tea Break Podcast: Five Things To Do Before You Go Freelance

    We’ve got a slightly longer Freelancer’s Tea Break Podcast than usual today. Essentially, I’m giving you an excuse to add a slice of cake as a side to that cup of tea, and relax for a little bit!

    Following on from my video on the biggest thing that stops people going freelance, I want to talk about what to do to make easing into freelancing easier and more secure. Hit play or have a listen on the SoundCloud app to find out what five things everyone should do before they go freelance.