Freelancing? Being boss of your own life and business can be tough and isolating. But it can also be totally rewarding. Pick up tips, advice and thoughts on how to make it as a freelancer by hearing other freelancers share their experience. You're not alone being freelance. Hosted by Steve Folland.
Seize the moment - Web Developer Tom Hirst
After 11 years of freelancing, Tom felt the urge to start teaching what he knew. He began sharing his thoughts on Twitter and, when one thread gained 2.5 million impressions, Tom took the attention and ran with it.
Now, as well as running his successful web development business, Tom’s selling ebooks and online courses to help freelancers get ahead.
Exploring the potential - Art Director Erica Yunwook Choi
Ready for a new creative challenge after 7 years in a full-time job, Erica began freelancing. Her first project helped her decide which direction to head in and she’s been building on it from there.
She chats to Steve about figuring out how to introduce herself, working between London and Seoul, and pursuing better clients who respect her skills, time and processes.
Connection and belonging - Speaker and Facilitator Kat Vellos
After self-publishing her book in January 2020, the offers began pouring in and Kat found herself being freelance — not for the first time, but this time as a full-timer.
Kat’s background is in design but she now speaks and facilitates around the topic of her book — cultivating better friendships in adulthood. She chats to Steve about finding community and belonging.
Creative freedom - Designer Marco Inve
Marco moved from Italy to London for a fresh start and quickly found himself working as a designer. But, lacking creative freedom, Marco wasn’t happy and so he went in search of something better. Freelancing, it turned out, would be his best option.
He chats to Steve about finding work, building a portfolio and being selective about the projects he takes on.
Human-centred freelancing - Brand Designer Nela Dunato
Nela’s forged a successful freelance career working for 'human centered brands'. A form of business ownership she knows so well she could write the book on it. In fact, she did.
Nela discusses the great position bilingual freelancers are in. For her native Croatia she has a separate website from her English language one. An SEO centred brand as well then.
Putting in the work - Designer Oladimeji Ajegbile
Building on the skills he learned studying architecture in university, Oladimeji taught himself graphic design. He put in the hours to practise and got started by volunteering his services to local businesses.
He chats to Steve about how he meets and keeps clients, why he creates and how he found balance after burnout.
A MUST listen to for freelancers!
This podcast is incredible! It’s amazing to hear that no matter how different all of our freelance paths are, the struggles and insecurities are very similar! I love Being Freelance, both the podcast and the lifestyle!
Inspiring and Encouraging
I’ve been freelancing for over 5 years, but only just recently stumbled upon this podcast. It’s been so encouraging to hear so many stories of people who have broken through the same walls I’ve faced, and inspiring to hear how they made it work. Steve is a fun and generous host, and I enjoy that the guests are from a myriad of industries, not only those working in digital. With over 200 episodes, it’s a wellspring of inspiration.
Love this podcast!!
It’s so great hearing from different freelancers in every episode, even when I’ve thought that I am not interested in a guests particular business or field of expertise I have still found them super interesting and informative.
It’s about the freelance aspect of their business rather than their individual niche or field.
Steve is also just an excellent host and has a voice that’s nice to listen to. It’s on my weekly listen rotation for a good reason!