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The freelancer’s guide to monetising your newsletter

Email newsletters have become big business in the last couple of years. Platforms like Substack have made it easy to create and mail them out at ze...

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Seven questions to ask yourself before sending a portfolio

There are many things that make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful portfolio, and there are some factors that are out of your ...

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How freelancers can detach from billable time

It’s Saturday morning. After kicking back on Friday night, I thought I had signalled ‘weekend mode’ to my mind. Sadly, and I’m not proud to admit i...

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A checklist for the January 31st tax deadline

It’s boring, but if you’ve saved money specifically for this purpose, it shouldn’t be painful. Here’s what you must do to get through your self-ass...

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The what, how, and why of pivoting as a freelancer

Pivot. It’s one of those words that we often cast off to the figurative bin labelled ‘corporate jargon’ alongside the likes of ‘leverage’ and ‘syne...

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How freelancers can use cold emailing to attract new clients

Have you ever written an email to someone you’ve never met before, asking them for something? It’s tough; cold emails can feel pretty d...

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Using SEO to Pitch Blog Posts

Are you a passionate writer? Have you crafted a healthy hair routine? Are you always researching the latest hair trends? If you’ve answered yes to ...

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Are freelancers right to challenge the growth mindset?

Freelancing is often a paradox of perspectives. To many members of the public, freelancing is an ‘in-between’ career choice – not something to be r...

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Freelancing in Lockdown 2

Back in April when we were in the sourdough bread and Zoom quiz stage of lockdown, I spoke to four freelancers about how the global pandemic had im...

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Shopping Small for a Big Change

I’ve been working from home alone recently, so any opportunity to interact with another person is exciting. So, when I opened the door and found th...

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Can designer/makers survive a Christmas without markets? Yes, they can

It’s been a particularly tough year for makers. With markets cancelled, artists and makers have not only lost the opportunity to sell to thei...

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A guide for parents building their freelance career without childcare

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard someone say: ‘you must be so lucky not needing childcare working for yourself’?’ The truth is that being freel...

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Why all freelancers need to actually give themselves a break for Christmas this year

This Christmas will be different to ones we’ve experienced in previous years. It’s almost certain there’ll be no Christmas parties with your ...

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Why you never need to be online 24/7 to succeed as a freelancer

Staying open all hours feels mandatory when there’s no fixed salary to full back on. But it’s an unrealistic and self-harming expectation. If you f...

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The Rise of Online Webinars

A week into lockdown, I breathed a sigh of relief as I confirmed that my largest contract would continue. And then two days later, the client reneg...

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Baby Boomer Freelancer

In recent years, the ‘typical’ contemporary freelancer has come to be seen as a young urbanite, hustling from job to job from the confines of a hot...

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The UP & HO, HO, HO Xmas Stocking Grant is saving Christmas, for real

Christmas is meant to be an event unlike any other, a period when work is put to one side and we are asked to slow down and consider the important ...

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Drawing the line on the extra mile

Ironically, the day after I was asked to write this article, a fairly new client messaged me at 6 PM on a Friday to ask if I’d be able to write 700...

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What podcasting taught us about freelancing

Our podcast Freelancing for Journalists came to fruition as a result of spending more than two years writing a book of the same name. As we submitt...

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A guide to negotiating without fear

One of the biggest problems we encounter as freelancers is asking for decent money. Particularly in the early stage of our career, it’s common for ...

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