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What I’ve learnt after a year as a full time freelancer

one year freelanceOn October 1st, 2013, it was exactly one year since I officially registered as a sole trader (marking my first payment for freelance work; I’d been marketing myself for about a month beforehand). I’d been freelancing on and off for a few years, but that was the point when I took the plunge and made it full time. Because I was earning money, and had to declare my decision officially. Since then, I’ve worked as something of a literary mercenary, and made money in every way that words can. I’ve worked on brochures, screenplays, websites and magazine articles, and continued teaching along the way. And here are the most important lessons I’ve learnt: Continue reading

Publications, steady work and a LinkedIn Lunatic

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Time for a May update! It’s been a busy month of work and networking for this Brighton copywriter. In addition to writing for a few casino blogs (paying a few bills and satisfying a little hobby), I donned my designers cap to produce the sparkling new fitness website KneeStrength.com, did a bit of teaching and editing, and am working on some new publications. There’s an English grammar guide, concerning all the English tenses, a business adventure book (more on that later), and, most applicable here, there’s an expanded edition of An Introduction to Business Blogs on the way. Oh and I also endured the ravings of a very angry writer on LinkedIn. More below. Continue reading

Freelance Famine: coping with New Year

Angry copywriter, furious, typing man.Christmas is over, New Year is gone, and for the next month or two the world will be drearily nursing hangovers and sobbing about how dark and dreary the days remain. Those in regular employment aren’t happy about going to work, and won’t work as hard. Those of us who are self-employed suffer a knock-on effect that it’s difficult to find new clients, and a slower workforce in general can mean no work at all trickling through to the freelance workforce. Following from my article on dealing with freelancing fear, here’s a few tips for getting through a freelance famine: Continue reading

4 ways to overcome the fear of freelancing

writing a cover letter, not impressed, fear of freelancingStarting out as a freelancer, when work is just coming in, maintaining a calm focus on your goals can be difficult. You’re likely to split your time, about 5% for paid work, 5% searching for paid work, and about 90% trying to cope with the mind-numbing feeling of dread that the uncertainty of freelancing forces on you. At least, that’s how it can seem. A lot of your fears will never be realised, but you still need to take measures to keep calm. Here’s a few simple tips to keep those nagging demons at bay: Continue reading

What is copy? A video presentation

Here’s a short video presentation I made to answer the question ‘What is copy?’

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