What is vero?

In a nutshell, Vero is a new social platform, promising algorithm-free content in an ad-free space. Call it heaven if you like. For the Instagram users that rely on that platform for their creative businesses, especially bloggers, the chance to jump ship and sign up #onverofirst was too tempting. That’s why, in the last week,… Continue reading What is vero?

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Our trip to London

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to go down to London for a meeting. This came just after I’d been lusting after Kew Gardens’ Instagram posts of its Thai Orchid Festival, which is only on for a few weeks, so naturally I jumped at the chance to tick off both boxes in one… Continue reading Our trip to London

You are your own client – a freelancer’s guide for self-promotion

The best piece of advice I have when it comes to self-promotion is to treat yourself as a client. I’m a freelance copywriter, PR and project manager and recently I’ve done a bit of an audit on my own PR output. For a while during my first year of freelancing I was inundated with project… Continue reading You are your own client – a freelancer’s guide for self-promotion

5 questions businesses often ask freelancers

I’m often approached with questions by new organisations or companies that are expanding and need freelance help. As a business owner that has recognised that you need a specialist or an extra pair of hands, it can be a bit daunting going down the freelance route. How does it work? Do I need to give… Continue reading 5 questions businesses often ask freelancers

How to start freelancing

It’s a new year (how are we three weeks in already?!), and many people decide now is the time to try something new, professionally. It was at this time of year in 2015 I registered as self-employed, and I’ve been reflecting on how I started my business a lot lately, so thought I’d put together… Continue reading How to start freelancing

The thing about blogging

I follow a lot of bloggers on Twitter. It started with a couple of interesting people, then grew as a sort of attempt to dilute the larger world and its morbidity from my timeline. It might seem superficial to have more posts about photography and beauty products in my feed than world events, but I… Continue reading The thing about blogging

To Black Friday or not to Black Friday? A freelancer’s dilemma

Consumerism and Black Friday go hand in hand. Businesses drop their prices through the floor, cover their costs and rely on huge sales to drive profit. Small businesses and Black Friday, however, are not on such great terms. I follow a lot of independent sellers and small businesses on Instagram, where I’ve seen many apologise… Continue reading To Black Friday or not to Black Friday? A freelancer’s dilemma

Why I love being a freelancer, and why that might end

I’ve written before about the perks of freelancing and self-employment, and even included some serious points aside from working in pyjamas, but things have changed for me in the last year or so, and I felt like it was a good time to re-evaluate. I’m about to mark my third anniversary of being a freelance… Continue reading Why I love being a freelancer, and why that might end

Hull isn’t cool, and that’s OK

“What discount can I get on that then?” “Nothing until you admit Hull is cool!” This was the embarrassing exchange my ears witnessed today. It followed a fairly lengthy debate between a sales assistant in a city centre jeweller and a guy from Denmark, who was fairly adamant in his opinion that the sight that… Continue reading Hull isn’t cool, and that’s OK