Advice for Freelancers

Winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the Writer

It's beginning to look a lot like January - cold, dark and wet. The Christmas decorations are down for most, although we keep ours up until 12th night (5th), I just don't have the heart to put the lights on after New Year's Day night. Summer is long enough ago to be a memory and… Continue reading Winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the Writer

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None of Us Are Getting Any Younger, So Enjoy It

Perhaps a more poignant reflection for the end of 2018. It has been a difficult year in many ways, but by no means the worst I've ever experienced. I would say "bittersweet" with the start of 2019 looking like beginning with a bright future right now. January started as any other did - I had… Continue reading None of Us Are Getting Any Younger, So Enjoy It

Advice for Writers

Blog Posts to Delete for Improved SEO

Regular readers will know that this blog regularly undergoes an overhaul. It's vital for my business that I move with the times. The type of content has also changed. During the summer I made arguably the biggest change to the website since changing its name in 2012 and giving it a more professional sheen. During… Continue reading Blog Posts to Delete for Improved SEO

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Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!

Ah, going into business - it's as much an exciting time as one full of fears and anxieties. You have so much to think about regardless of what services or products you expect to eventually sell to customers. Are you B2B or B2C? Should you have a website (the answer to that should nearly always… Continue reading Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!

Advice for Freelancers

How to Keep Your Freelance Blog Fresh

This blog has undergone many changes over the last year - arguably more than in the previous seven years together. I daresay that process is over, but it's now at a place where I feel happy with it for 2018. 2019 is another matter, however. Like our freelance business in general, it pays to keep… Continue reading How to Keep Your Freelance Blog Fresh

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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

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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

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How Do You Like the New Blog Design? (May 2018)

The spring usually gives me pause for thought about what to do for the rest of the year and this blog is no different. A few posts back, I announced I was looking at offering professional photography as a possible business side venture. Since that blog post, I've thought a great deal about my brand.… Continue reading How Do You Like the New Blog Design? (May 2018)

Advice for Freelancers

Five Pieces of Advice from a Five-Year Veteran to a New Freelancer

I realised just the other day that April 2018 is the five year anniversary of going freelance. I've never looked back and at times I did worry about whether I was doing the right thing. But that month was a lot of change for me - personal and workwise, but it stands as a landmark… Continue reading Five Pieces of Advice from a Five-Year Veteran to a New Freelancer