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

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

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