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Being... on a summer break!

If you're hearing this... it's because you subscribe - and THANK YOU for that... Just wanted to explain why there's no new episodes at the moment and when you can expect them to return!

Duration: 00:01:27

Blogging Boost - Graphic Designer Lauren Hooker

After six months of struggling to get her freelance career off the ground, Lauren started blogging. Every day. For a year. It took off. Her diary booked up months ahead and a waiting list of clients for her business Elle & Company. We chat about using a business coach, content marketing, hiring assistants, evolving a passive income stream and more.

Duration: 00:43:10

Don't let Freelance fill all your time - Graphic Designer Jon Hicks

After 15 years of being freelance has given Jon plenty of thoughts to share. The benefits of long term gigs versus variety, the way he found other freleancers to set up a coworking space. From freelancing as a dad with babies to when their teenagers. Portfolio polishing, book writing, conference speaking, side project creating, payment chasing. Don't let freelance fill all your spare time. At least let some of it be filled listening to this.

Duration: 00:49:08

Start A Cowork Group - Squarespace Developer Katy Carlisle

After six months of working remotely from home on her company, Katy realised she needed company. Eventually she founded a weekly pop-up co-work group called Freelance Folk. And that's exactly who she found as fellow freelancers heard about it and joined her. We also chat about taking on her niche, taking risks and taking the train with a forest of cardboard furniture.

Duration: 00:39:10

It takes time - UX Designer Anton Sten

It's our 100th episode! It's taken time to get this far and that's something Swedish freelancer Anton knows all good, long lasting things need. Be it a newsletter, a business, a reputation.... Anton shares his story - through finances, workloads, positioning... mastering freelance. Taking time.

Duration: 00:35:20

Adapt to your clients - Photographer Tara Sura

Adapting her services to what her clients need. Meeting them. Listening to them. Partnering with other freelancers to collaborate or refer work. While finding community and support in these relationships. This is the studio of Fork & Dram - tuck into the freelance experience of Tara Sura.

Duration: 00:35:20

Strip it back - Web Developer Matthew Brennan

After starting out portraying himself as an agency that covered everything graphic & web design, Matthew's discovered a) his natural niche of web development and b) that clients prefer knowing they're working with an individual. He's stripped it back: dropped the 'everything' offering, refocused, rebranded and revoiced as 'I'.

Duration: 00:36:10

Instagram Stories - Designer Jimmy Bryant

Second time round at freelancing Jimmy knew he needed to put himself out there and found a use for Instagram. Since then, people around the world have found him and his work - and he's found his voice. Hear the lessons he's learnt as he set out to diversify his income from band merch to his own products and beyond.

Duration: 00:40:10

Little Things Every Day - Digital Marketer Josh Hoffman

US digital marketer Josh took his skills, took his definition of success and took his passport as he travelled the world on a journey of epic freelancing. Currently in Bangkok he shares how acting locally whilst thinking globally transformed his business. Doing the little things every day of creating, networking and... living.

Duration: 00:35:32

Wise Words - Marketer Luan Wise

After years of agency and in-house experience, Luan stepped out into being freelance. A story of spotting opportunities, maintaining relationships and self development underlines her solo career. She shares her experience hiring coaches, writing a book, speaking, making courses by herself and alongside LinkedIn - and above all, thinking like a business.

Duration: 00:39:10

My work is my life - Illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi

Tokyo based illustrator and painter Tatsuro has been freelance since leaving art college 25 years ago. Working remotely with clients around the world long before the internet made it the norm. He chats about adapting his style to get the work he wanted, being fine with being a workaholic and the need to look after ourselves.

Duration: 00:27:27

For The Hell Of It - Writer Bryce Bladon

Bryce is the freelance writer behind the Clients From Hell blog and podcast... but how the devil did he get to where he is today? He takes us through the isolation, the daily marketing habit of reaching out and how actually - maybe getting a job with an agency might have been a good idea.

Duration: 00:35:10

The Code Guy - Software Engineer Paul Allington

Paul shares his journey from agency life, to freelance life... to forming an agency... to losing it... to going solo as The Code Guy and becoming IPSE Freelancer of the Year. And that's not even all of it... So grab a cup of tea... did we mention the digital product yet? So grab a cup of tea (it's what he'd want) and enjoy!

Duration: 00:33:09

Freelance Mum - Voiceover Artist Faye Dicker

Faye is a radio presenter turned freelance voiceover artist. Borrowing money to build her own studio, she's since built her reputation, her business and now her family too. With that she's also created 'Freelance Mum' - part of which is networking events where it's okay to bring your kids.

Duration: 00:34:10

Vlog Like A Boss - Amy Schmittauer

Hear how Amy went from being the person in town who knew about Facebook... to being a YouTuber, international speaker, video consultant and influencer. Look, when Gary Vaynerchuk is giving you a quote for the front of your book - you know you're doing something right.

Duration: 00:30:25

People, Process, Product - Motion Designer Adrian Thompson

Having started out as a freelance motion designer, creating videos in the San Francisco Bay area, Adrian realised all the things he didn't like about the industry and setting out to create a studio of his own that would change that. Putting people and process at the heart of his team's creations. From there he sought 'passive income' action, building digital products and thinks every freelancer should think about doing the same.

Duration: 00:32:55

Smart Processes - Coach Emma Cossey

Freelance writer turned career & life coach Emma takes us through automating her processes, creating online courses, hiring a VA and getting work done as a new mum. Plenty of freelance tips and a reminder that for all her content creation, it's those referrals that are key. Oh. And eating frogs.

Duration: 00:35:12

You're Not Alone - Designer Rachel Shillcock

Rachel's found inspiration, support, friendship and even clients in the communities she's joined online. Be it through courses she's paid for, Twitter or private Facebook groups she's joined (or started!), she's realised you don't have to freelance alone. She shares her story: from finding her niche - the wake up call to her business, to finding herself in hospital - the wake up call to herself.

Duration: 00:36:29

Marketing Your Business - Digital Marketing Consultant Col Skinner

Col quit agency life to be his own boss. As you'd expect, he's very deliberate about selling himself; he shares his experiences of SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click and even finding media opportunities to get yourself known.

Duration: 00:35:29

Insta Freelance - Photographer Jordan Green

Without Instagram would Jordan be shooting for some of the coolest fashion brands and bands around? A great mix of passion, talent, social media and social life has been the focus of his career. The question is: if you're a creative freelancer can you afford not to be 'social'?

Duration: 00:30:29

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