• My favourite freelancing reads

    When I first found out I was pregnant, I had visions of curling up with some freelancing reads while the baby napped.


    Yeah, that didn’t happen. I mean, he actually was (and still is) a good napper. But reading felt like a waste of time when the house was a mess and I had work I wanted to get done. But thanks to audiobooks and fitting in the odd evening session of reading, I’m surprised to see I’ve read more than I thought in the last year. And quite a few of them are books that have made a big impact on my life. For me, it’s important to take something away from a book to put into action. So often, I’ll read a book and enjoy it, but not feel like it’s enhanced my life in any way after.

    So, I put together some of my favourites in a video (links to each of the books below).


    What are your favourite freelancing reads recently? What books have led to you making real changes? Let me know in the comments!

  • Video: What’s stopping you going freelance?

    Earlier this week, I emailed my newsletter subscribers to ask what was stopping them from making the jump to go freelance. Many of them kindly replied and the answers were fascinating if not particularly surprising. Not least because they were things that have played on my mind in the past, and I’ve had many conversations with other freelancers about it.

    Security and money.

    Employment is safe and normal, while freelancing is risky and unstable, right?


    Check out today’s video to see exactly why freelancing can actually be a safer option than employment in the current economy.

    p.s Want to know when the BRAND NEW 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle Ecourse goes live? Pop your email in the form on this page, and you’ll get an email with a very special offer for launch week!

  • The Weekly Freelance Lifestyle Challenge comes to YouTube!

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    One of the things I’ve loved doing here on the Freelance Lifestyle is the weekly challenges. I’m a big fan of setting little personal challenges, and it’s great to see many readers enjoying them too.

    One of my personal challenges this year is to do more public speaking. I’ll be speaking at Cybher in June, but I want to get a little more YouTubing under my belt too. So, I’ve turned the Weekly Freelance Lifestyle Challenges into the Freelance Lifestyle Tea Break Challenge on YouTube. They’re just three minutes long, so you can watch them during your tea break.

    I’ve done a few YouTube things before, but this is my first proper move into it for The Freelance Lifestyle, so please be kind! Any constructive tips are more than welcome too.

    This week, I’m talking about the old school SWOT analysis, and how it can help your business. Fancy taking part? Comment below with how you’ve got on with this challenge, let me know on Twitter using the hashtag #teabreakchallenge or send me a video response!


  • Video: What it feels like to be a freelancer

    As a freelancer, it’s par for the course that at some point you’ll deal with a client who is…shall we say, difficult?

    Which is why I love this video, which fellow freelancer and all round lovely lady JJ (she runs This Little Lady Went To London) alerted me to. It gives passers by a little idea of how it feels to be a freelancer…

    Have you ever had to deal with this sort of thing?

  • VEDA – Vlog Every Day August

    It’s been a great week on the blog, with three brilliant guest posts from Fran, Fi and Betty Bee. Go have a read if you haven’t already. Big thank you to them, I hope you all found their posts as interesting as I did!

    Instead of my usual podcast this week, I’m doing something a little different. Yesterday, I started the Savvy Sexy Social VEDA challenge. For those that haven’t come across it before, VEDA is the Vlog Every Day August (it also takes place in April). Video blogging is something I’ve been looking to do for a while, because I have a feeling blogs are going to have to embrace other multimedia methods as well as writing in order to continue to succeed. Putting your face out there is scary, but I fully believe in doing something every day that scares you a bit. How else are you going to keep learning?

    Plus it means I brush my hair and slap some make up on each day. Which is no bad thing. I can’t promise I won’t occasionally rock the smart above the table/pj bottoms below the table look for videos though…

    So, here’s my channel. Feedback is welcome but remember that I’m very new to this so please be kind!

    It’s only day two and I’ve got a lot to learn, but if you’re tempted to do the same you can still join in. Pop on over to Savvy Sexy Social and pop your name down on the list and get vlogging. Amy from Savvy Sexy Social has kindly put together a calendar of topics to cover for the month, so you shouldn’t be stuck for ideas.

    If you’re already a vlogger, do you have any tips? Lighting suggestions? Camera recommendations? YouTube no nos? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to leave your link to your YouTube channel below too, I’m always interested in watching other videos.