Advice for Freelancers

Why Self-Care is Even More Important During Busy Periods

I spent most of last week quite ill. Things are improving, but I'm not at 100%. This is an issue I've had on and off most of this year. I have a scan in late November to try to get to the bottom of why this issue keeps coming back. Last week wasn't a complete… Continue reading Why Self-Care is Even More Important During Busy Periods

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The Clocks Going Back: Autumn and Winter Personal Challenges

Tonight, the clocks shift from BST to GMT as we had deeper into the autumn. Although spring is my favourite season, I love Autumn for the colours and the build up to Christmas. If also means nights in with the curtains drawn, a cup of hot chocolate in the hands and writing! Here, then, are… Continue reading The Clocks Going Back: Autumn and Winter Personal Challenges

Advice for Freelancers

“Are You Having a Laugh?” What Freelancers Want To Say vs What We Should Say

This is a bit of a tongue in cheek one but sadly addresses a real problem for freelancers: cheapskate clients. We all know them. We've all had at least one who expect FLAWLESS ENGLISH OR YOU WONT GET PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the princely sum of $5 for a 1,000 word article and those who think they're… Continue reading “Are You Having a Laugh?” What Freelancers Want To Say vs What We Should Say

Advice for Freelancers · Photography

I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me

A little over five years ago with a divorce on the brink of finalising, I walked out of a job and moved some 70 miles back across the country to my family home. Then, as a man in his late 30s and still with debt accrued paying for a Master's Degree he'd finished nearly four… Continue reading I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me

Advice for Clients Hiring Freelancer

How to Attract Top Rated Upwork Freelancers

It's the autumn and for many freelancers, that's the busy period. Almost every year without fail, October has taken a sharp upturn in the volume of work. Just last week, I was receiving 3-4 invitations to interview every day on Upwork. It also means I will rarely use my connects to pitch for work. Autumn… Continue reading How to Attract Top Rated Upwork Freelancers

Advice for Freelancers

The Importance of Good Lighting in Your Home Office

Entering the final month of summer here in Cornwall has been cloudy this year but certainly not cold. We have higher than average humidity which is why when you travel about this gorgeous county, you'll see a wealth of happy tropical plants. Cloud reduces light and that can mean the light levels get too low… Continue reading The Importance of Good Lighting in Your Home Office

Advice for Freelancers

How to Effectively Work on Long-Form Client Articles

I've now been working for the environmentalscience.org website about four years now. The site owner is a valued client (and hope continues to be so for many more years to come!) but the work in itself has as been as much of a challenge as a pleasure. I love writing about environmental science as it's… Continue reading How to Effectively Work on Long-Form Client Articles

Photography

I Have Now Officially Branched Out Into Photography

At the beginning of the year, I never imagined I would even consider branching out into anything beyond the written word. I've always enjoyed photography but only as an interested bystander "ooh that looks nice, I'll get my camera" was about it. I didn't think about composition, lighting etc. But mild disappointment at some naff… Continue reading I Have Now Officially Branched Out Into Photography

Advice for Freelancers

What to Do After Losing a Big Contract

At the end of April, I was stunned to receive an email from a long-standing client on a Thursday morning announcing that once I'd fulfilled that week's commitment, my services would no longer be required, The speed of its ending was the biggest shock. But soon I was hit with another sobering thought - how… Continue reading What to Do After Losing a Big Contract

Advice for Freelancers

Why Freelancers Should Take a Holiday Every Year

I've been quite bad at keeping this blog up to date over the latter end of spring. 2018 has been a tough year in several ways. But now, having just returned from a holiday to the northeast of England, I feel refreshed, recharged and ready to go again. Coming back to a lovely and warm… Continue reading Why Freelancers Should Take a Holiday Every Year