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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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

Some brutal honesty for those lacking motivation

Here at Laura Smith Writer HQ things have reached a bit of a slump lately. I’m sure every piece of start-up and business advice would go against admitting that. Business owners are meant to be upbeat, positive and busy all of the time, if not to be successful then at least to appear to be.… Continue reading Some brutal honesty for those lacking motivation

8 tips for working from home

Working from home brings many positives - the proximity to the biscuit tin, setting your own hours, and swapping your suit for slippers, but it can be hard to stay on track and be constantly motivated too. Here are my top tips for stay at home success: Don’t put the TV on. If the house… Continue reading 8 tips for working from home

10 tips for writing a Valentine’s day poem

Valentine’s day. The public celebration of card manufacturers congratulating themselves on such a profitable idea. Florists and balloon guys are probably pretty happy too. But before the word ‘cynic’ leaves your mouth, know that V Day can also be a celebration of love. It just doesn’t have to leave you £50 worse off. A homecooked… Continue reading 10 tips for writing a Valentine’s day poem

Don’t tweet like a female, or like anybody at all for that matter

If you look closely at the UK list of Trending Topics on Twitter right now, you’ll see the badly spelled hashtag, #TweeLikeAFemale. I don’t recommend you spend too long trawling through the photos of nails and lipsticks on there, but it does raise a good question - is it possible to tweet like a particular… Continue reading Don’t tweet like a female, or like anybody at all for that matter