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

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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

I am weak and that’s okay.

This is a guest post by Gary Barratt that I wanted to share for Mental Health Awareness Day. Because sometimes telling others that they're stronger than they think just isn't quite right, and also because he's written about it better than I ever could. You can find his blog at http://www.medium.com/@gsbarratt I have depression. That’s… Continue reading I am weak and that’s okay.

Review: State of Play, Humber St Gallery

Nobody ever won any awards for playing, or did they? Chess players win tournaments, football teams win trophies, and World of Warcraft gamers win the respect of those around them. Strip away the rules and formality and what you’re left with is free, organic play. Fun. Nestled among the world’s greatest thinkers, are arguably the… Continue reading Review: State of Play, Humber St Gallery