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Hosts Rachel Smith (from Rachel's List) and journalist and content writer Lynne Testoni are serving up weekly short bites of advice, tips and strategies, plus special guests, for freelancers who make a living from using their words. We're shooting for 15-minute episodes, but can't promise anything because we can both talk the leg off a chair.

The Content Byte Lynne Testoni and Rachel Smith

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    • 5.0 • 48 Ratings

Hosts Rachel Smith (from Rachel's List) and journalist and content writer Lynne Testoni are serving up weekly short bites of advice, tips and strategies, plus special guests, for freelancers who make a living from using their words. We're shooting for 15-minute episodes, but can't promise anything because we can both talk the leg off a chair.

    Combining freelance writing and news journalism with Caroline Riches

    Combining freelance writing and news journalism with Caroline Riches

    We just love to meet freelancers who have managed to combine different types of writing into a successful career. This week, Rachel and Lynne chat with Caroline Riches, a news journalist for 25 years who works in the SBS newsroom part time and then does freelance writing work for the rest of the week. We talk about:
    Balancing the two roles Why she loves the flexibility of casual work What newsrooms are looking for from casual journalists and how to get a foot in the door The stress of covering big news stories How great it is to be part of a newsroom and being surrounded by the big news stories of the day Where and how she secures agency work Connect with Caroline at LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-riches-978656113/ 
    Caroline's website is: https://www.carolineriches.com/ 
    This is your last week to secure Early Bird tickets to The Content Byte Summit, from September 12-14, 2024. The Early Bird discount ends on May 31. Sign up for updates for the Summit (or snap up tickets) at our website: https://thecontentbytesummit.com.au 
    Find Rachel www.rachelsmith.com.au    
    Find Lynne www.lynnetestoni.com 
    Rachel's List www.rachelslist.com.au
    Thanks (as always) to our sponsors Rounded (www.rounded.com.au ), an easy invoicing and accounting solution that helps freelancers run their businesses with confidence. Looking to take advantage of the discount for Rachel's List Gold Members? Email us at: hello@rachelslist.com.au for the details.
    Episode edited by Marker Creative Co www.markercreative.co 

    • 35 min
    Stories from our audience: when freelancing kicked you in the ass

    Stories from our audience: when freelancing kicked you in the ass

    This week, Rachel and Lynne are doing something different! They have turned the microphone over to some of their listeners. In this great compilation episode, listeners and former guests share some of their stories about difficult times as freelancers and how they recovered.
    It's all about real-life experiences and resilience - and learning from our mistakes. Thanks to the following people for contributing (and those who aren't listed here as they preferred to stay anonymous):
    Anf Chansamooth https://www.anferneec.com/
    Rebekah Lambert https://unashamedlycreative.com.au/
    Belinda Weaver https://www.copywritematters.com/
    Susan Reoch https://theuxcopywriter.com/ 
    Brook McCarthy https://brookmccarthy.com/
    Caitlin Wright https://caitlinwright.com.au/
    Claire Chow https://connect4social.com.au/
    Ed Gandia https://b2blauncher.com/
    Emma Lovell, https://www.emmalovell.au/
    John Burfitt, https://jbmedia.com.au/
    Monica Davidson, https://creativeplusbusiness.com/
    Theresa Miller - media trainer - TM Media https://www.theresamiller.com.au/training
    And, don't forget about The Content Byte Summit, from September 12-14, 2024. Time is running out to secure the Early Bird discount, which ends on May 31. Sign up for updates for the Summit (or snap up tickets) at our website: https://thecontentbytesummit.com.au
    Find Rachel www.rachelsmith.com.au   
    Find Lynne www.lynnetestoni.com
    Rachel's List www.rachelslist.com.au 
    Thanks (as always) to our sponsors Rounded (www.rounded.com.au ), an easy invoicing and accounting solution that helps freelancers run their businesses with confidence. Looking to take advantage of the discount for Rachel's List Gold Members? Email us at: hello@rachelslist.com.au for the details.

    Episode edited by Marker Creative Co www.markercreative.co 

    • 53 min
    Jessica Mudditt on leaving journalism to start her own publishing company

    Jessica Mudditt on leaving journalism to start her own publishing company

    This week Rachel and Lynne have a return guest - Jessica Mudditt. A journalist and author, Jessica has embraced risk and adventure to start her own publishing business, Hembury Books, which provides coaching and ghostwriting services to non-fiction authors. 
    Jess talks about what helped her decide to make this career shift, how and why self-publishing is a great option for many authors and some of the challenges of working in today's publishing industry.
    We cover:
    What it's like to have your own book in your hand Writing her own memoirs The publicity machine How the ghostwriting process works Coaching authors and mentoring them through the publishing process Jess's first appearance on The Content Byte is here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-content-byte/id1478510876?i=1000526237952 
    Connect with Jessica at Hembury Books: https://hemburybooks.com.au/ where you can also find her podcast. 
    Are you coming to The Content Byte Summit, from September 12-14, 2024? Time is running out to secure the Early Bird discount, which ends on May 31. Sign up for updates for the Summit (or snap up tickets) at our website: https://thecontentbytesummit.com.au
    Find Rachel www.rachelsmith.com.au      
    Find Lynne www.lynnetestoni.com      
    Rachel's List www.rachelslist.com.au 
    Thanks (as always) to our sponsors Rounded (www.rounded.com.au), an easy invoicing and accounting solution that helps freelancers run their businesses with confidence. Looking to take advantage of the discount for Rachel's List Gold Members? Email us at: hello@rachelslist.com.au  for the details.
    Episode edited by Marker Creative Co www.markercreative.co 
     
     

    • 55 min
    From magazine editor to content creator on the tools: Meet Natasha Dickins

    From magazine editor to content creator on the tools: Meet Natasha Dickins

    This week on the podcast, Rachel and Lynne are chatting with Natasha Dickins, a former magazine editor who has carved out a great career creating content for DIY clients. Natasha talks about her love of good tools and DIY projects and how she has turned this into a career.
    She talks about:
    Her career writing in magazines Her love of being 'on the tools' Setting up her workshop on the mid-north coast of NSW How she uses her skills to create content for brands How she prices her content and includes package rates Connect with Natasha via Instagram: @littleredindustries
    or via her website: https://littleredindustries.com/ 
    Are you coming to The Content Byte Summit, from September 12-14, 2024? Time is running out to secure the Early Bird discount. Sign up for updates for the Summit (or snap up tickets) at our website: https://thecontentbytesummit.com.au     
    Find Rachel www.rachelsmith.com.au     
    Find Lynne www.lynnetestoni.com     
    Rachel's List www.rachelslist.com.au  
    Thanks (as always) to our sponsors Rounded (www.rounded.com.au), an easy invoicing and accounting solution that helps freelancers run their businesses with confidence. Looking to take advantage of the discount for Rachel's List Gold Members? Email us at: hello@rachelslist.com.au  for the details.

    Episode edited by Marker Creative Co www.markercreative.co 

    • 52 min
    Using evergreen marketing to avoid slow seasons as a freelancer - with Prerna Malik

    Using evergreen marketing to avoid slow seasons as a freelancer - with Prerna Malik

    This week on The Content Byte, Rachel and Lynne have one of the founders of Content Bistro, Prerna Malik. Prerna and her husband Mayank are copywriters and specialists in the area of evergreen marketing. In a fascinating chat, Prerna talks about:
    Mistakes freelancers make with their marketing How to create a constant flow of work The power of storytelling in email marketing Creating packages and using them to grow your business Finding clients in slow times ...and how to work with your spouse! Connect with Prerna and Mayank and do their quiz https://contentbistro.com/quiz/ 
    Follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/contentbistro/
    And don't forget to sign up for the 2024 The Content Byte Summit, from September 12-14, 2024. Sign up for updates for the Summit (or snap up the early bird tickets) at our website: https://thecontentbytesummit.com.au/     
    Find Rachel www.rachelsmith.com.au    
    Find Lynne www.lynnetestoni.com    
    Rachel's List www.rachelslist.com.au 
    Thanks (as always) to our sponsors Rounded (www.rounded.com.au), an easy invoicing and accounting solution that helps freelancers run their businesses with confidence. Looking to take advantage of the discount for Rachel's List Gold Members? Email us at: hello@rachelslist.com.au for the details.

    Episode edited by Marker Creative Co www.markercreative.co 

    • 43 min
    Combining journalism with media training – with Theresa Miller

    Combining journalism with media training – with Theresa Miller

    This week, Lynne and Rachel are chatting with TV journalist turned media trainer, Theresa Miller. Theresa has a great story of creating a new career in media training and coaching, working with corporates and training senior executives in how to deal with the media. 
    Her story is fascinating and inspiring and covers:
    How to use journalism skills as a media trainer Working with companies and individuals to put a journalism lens on issues How she finds clients How she packages and prices her services How introverts can thrive in the media ... and why women need to be in front of cameras more often
    Connect with Theresa through her website: https://www.theresamiller.com.au/ or via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theresa-miller-tm-media/ 
    And, don't forget that we have announced the dates for the 2024 The Content Byte Summit. Sign up for updates for the Summit (or snap up the early bird tickets) at our website: https://thecontentbytesummit.com.au/    
    Find Rachel www.rachelsmith.com.au   
    Find Lynne www.lynnetestoni.com   
    Rachel's List www.rachelslist.com.au  
    Thanks (as always) to our sponsors Rounded (www.rounded.com.au ), an easy invoicing and accounting solution that helps freelancers run their businesses with confidence. Looking to take advantage of the discount for Rachel's List Gold Members? Email us at: hello@rachelslist.com.au  for the details.
    Episode edited by Marker Creative Co www.markercreative.co 

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

MHLaf ,

Must-have practical advice

Surely this is one of the most practical and helpful podcasts for freelancers? The audio isn’t great but what’s lacking in slick production is made up for by the quality content. Get a pen and paper and be prepared to absorb all the wisdom shared by the expert guests.

RoseTara ,

A great way to learn about freelancing

This is a great podcast to learn about all the different facets of freelancing and writing to marketing and PR - basically everything to do with earning a living off words!

GlossyJunkie ,

Always a good listen!

So many interesting guests and I love the tech tips!

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