Starting out as a freelancer can be a daunting prospect, so any advice that makes it easier to win work, find customers and get paid is always going to be welcome. Back in April 2018, I published my 5 Big Things I’ve Learned As A Freelancer blog post, to give the self-employed newbie some top […]Read More 5 More Things I’ve Learned As A Freelancer
No-one likes it when things go wrong. But in every company’s life there will be those hiccups and problems that mean you can’t adequately deliver the expected service to your customers – and when that happens, it can be tricky to know exactly how to communicate this and win those customers back. Some companies get […]Read More Customer communications: what to say when it all goes wrong
Becoming a freelancer takes real confidence. When you decide to leave your cosy salaried job to become self-employed, that means taking a giant leap of faith – and keeping your fingers crossed that you can actually make a living from your new venture. So if you’re getting itchy feet in your current employee role, and […]Read More 5 big things I’ve learned as a freelancer
They say it can be lonely at the top…and even lonelier if you’re self-employed and running a solo business. So it’s important to build a network of like-minded people, peers and colleagues around you to bounce ideas off, talk through your latest challenges, or just chat about the latest apps and tech tools. But how […]Read More The solopreneur life: hard work, shared ideas and like-minded people
Remote working has an image problem. There’s a perceived notion that being a teleworker means sitting at home in your pyjamas, tapping away at a laptop and not speaking to a soul for the whole of the working day. But if you’re one of the growing number of coffee-shop workers, being remote can actually be […]Read More 5 reasons for remote workers to embrace coffee-shop culture
A friend of mine posed an interesting question the other day on Twitter. To paraphrase, what she said was ‘If you’re friends on Twitter, are you friends in real life?’. In other words, if you have a network of friends on social media, but have never met some of these people face-to-face, then can you […]Read More Are social media friends your real friends?
The world is full of philosophies, ideologies and guidelines on how to live your life well. Whether it’s religion, philosophy or the latest self-help book, there’s a never-ending chatter of white noise around us at all times, giving us the soundbites, rules and guidelines that (supposedly) will help us get better control over our lives. […]Read More The big existential question: are you the speedboat or the pooh stick?
It’s nearly time to vote, folks. But before you do, two requests from me…. PLEASE vote Labour tomorrow… (that’s the big one). PLEASE don’t decide your vote based on any of the following statements: “I’ve always voted this way in the past, and don’t intend to change now.” “I don’t like the personality/look/background of the […]Read More Vote LABOUR tomorrow for a better future
I know from personal experience that late payment of invoices can be one of the biggest challenges you face as a freelancer. When your clients are reluctant to pay on time, it doesn’t just put a strain on your customer relationship; it also puts a BIG strain on your bank balance, your cash-flow situation… and […]Read More Getting paid as a freelancer – 5 key tips for better cash flow
I made the move to being 100% self-employed recently – you can read more about this here – but I’m not new to the world of remote work. In fact, I’ve been a digital nomad and coffee-shop office (coffice) worker since 2015, spending my days working from whichever establishment has the best Wi-Fi, the tastiest […]Read More The digital nomad rules: 10 ways to be a better remote worker