16 episodes

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 for freelancers who make a living from using their words. We're shooting for 10-minute episodes, but can't promise anything because we can both talk the leg off a chair.

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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 for freelancers who make a living from using their words. We're shooting for 10-minute episodes, but can't promise anything because we can both talk the leg off a chair.

    PITA clients: How to spot them and manage them

    PITA clients: How to spot them and manage them

    Most freelancers will stumble on a PITA (pain in the ass) client or ten. These clients may quibble over your rates, try and renegotiate your services, query your invoices or encroach on your personal time (and that's just for starters). How can you spot PITA clients - and manage them, if you end up working with one? We share our tips in this week's episode. 

    • 16 min
    Your guide to negotiating retainers with clients

    Your guide to negotiating retainers with clients

    Do you have a client offering you a regular amount of work? It might be worth negotiating a retainer arrangement. In this episode, we talk about how to structure these arrangements and what you need to be aware of (and there's an exclusive discount code for podcast listeners for the Rachel's List retainer template).

    • 14 min
    S2 Episode 2: Why you shouldn't worry about downturns as a freelancer

    S2 Episode 2: Why you shouldn't worry about downturns as a freelancer

    The peaks and troughs of freelancing can be overwhelming - so how do you handle them? What should you do during a slow patch? And are economic downturns something to fear? Not necessarily, as we talk about in this week's episode.

    • 9 min
    S2 Episode 1: Common website mistakes (and how to avoid making them)

    S2 Episode 1: Common website mistakes (and how to avoid making them)

    If you're a freelancer, how well does your website / online portfolio work for you? Does it bring in traffic? Convert leads? Is it something you're proud to share with clients? If not, don't stress - it's not as hard as you might think to improve your website's look'n'feel and make it more user-friendly. In today's episode, we run through a checklist of common website design mistakes - and what you can do to fix any that pop up on your site.

    • 14 min
    Episode 12: How to boost your productivity (to make more money)

    Episode 12: How to boost your productivity (to make more money)

    Moving from an in-house role to a freelance one is a MASSIVE change. Suddenly, time is money - and productivity is all important in order to make the income you need to get by. In this episode, Lynne and Rachel share their time-saving tips and tricks and talk about the productivity resources available in the Rachel's List Toolkit (bonus discount code for podcast listeners!) 

    • 14 min
    Episode 11: How to escape the under-charging trap

    Episode 11: How to escape the under-charging trap

    It's all too easy to undersell yourself when you're freelance. You want the project, and think quoting a little lower is going to do the trick. But sometimes, under-charging can backfire - and actually lose you work. In this episode, we explain how and why you need to price yourself accordingly.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

FrustratingWW ,

Professional advice - for free!

Well worth a listen if you are trying to make it in a freelance world

LeighLiving ,

Helpful and entertaining

Rachel and Lynne’s bite-sized episodes are so easy to devour and, aside from being a super helpful resource, the hosts are a delight to listen to. Learning something new about the content industry has never been so easy or fun. I can’t wait for more episodes.

Mel Woods Writer ,

Hooked!

I’ll be adding this to my favourites list after listening to the first few episodes!

I love the bite-size recordings and the info is relevant and useful to anyone working as a writer or freelancer. Thanks Rachel and Lynne!

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