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

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My PR story

I haven't always worked in PR, but it feels like I've always been coming back to it. When I think back to how I started off on this path, I have to put it down to my primary school best friend. We'd known each other since reception class, and when I had a gap in … Continue reading My PR story

How to find me-time as a self-employed mum

I’ll start off by apologising. I have no idea where I heard what I’m about to quote, but I won’t take the credit for it. So, apologies, unknown-but-more-than-likely-stranger-on-the-Internet. In my last post I wrote about how fitting work into my life currently means trading my precious evenings for hours at my laptop. Goodbye Netflix, hello … Continue reading How to find me-time as a self-employed mum

The parental income gap – how to cope

Like all things, there are pros and cons to being self-employed as a parent. When I started my business just over two years ago, we talked about how it would fit in well with family life - being able to arrange my own hours and work from home would hopefully give us the opportunity to … Continue reading The parental income gap – how to cope

The challenges of becoming a self-employed mum

It's no secret that if you're a woman you're likely to earn less than a man in the same job. It's a much plainer fact than I'd imagined: a man and woman starting off in the same role can advance in their careers equally, but when a woman takes a break to have a child … Continue reading The challenges of becoming a self-employed mum

A week of ups and downs

So many people describe having a baby as a time which really puts a strain on your relationship. I think if you're a good partnership that support each other well this doesn't necessarily have to be the case, but one thing you can't get around is how much time gets stripped away from you as … Continue reading A week of ups and downs

Stitch Education is launching in Hull

The news is out! As of September this year, I’ll officially be launching Stitch Education, a new course for schools which will see creativity being celebrated through arts and storytelling. I spoke to Laura O'Donnell, who runs Really Hull, to tell her about the project. You can see the original article here: http://www.reallyhull.com/2015/06/11/people-laura-smith-stitch-education/ We caught … Continue reading Stitch Education is launching in Hull

Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

Last week the Hull Children’s Book Awards took place. It’s an event I’ve attended for three years now, first as a school librarian, second as a teacher, and this time I went as a volunteer for my old school, partly because I didn’t want to miss out, and partly because I was keen to see … Continue reading Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

“So what, exactly, do you do?” An interview with a freelance writer

It’s already been a month since I relaunched my freelance writing business, and as part of my set up I was asked if I could be interviewed about what I do. I thought this would be a great way of giving some advice to others looking to break away from the safety net of employment … Continue reading “So what, exactly, do you do?” An interview with a freelance writer