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.
Writer Nick Parker
The small agency Nick had joined had become a big agency. He’d become part of the leadership team. HR. Management. Meetings. He missed doing the ‘work’.
He did know how much big clients were willing to pay for that work though.So Nick set out as a high-billing tone-of-voice specialist. A company of one. With various side projects, Nick embraces the freedom of freelance life - allowing moments of ‘high performing procrastination’ to explore his creativity.
Brand & Web Designer Fungi Dube
Fungi left university as a scientist. But it was her experiments with Photoshop that had unexpected results. She now wanted to be a designer.
Whilst working full-time in science, she designed on the side. By changing her entire persona online, she began to turn what started as a passion project, into a full-time freelance career.
Fungi’s focus is in lifting African culture and narratives to the forefront of her design. From the ‘Sunshine City’ Harare, Zimbabwe, she’s brightening brands, packaging and websites the world over.
Illustrator Levi Jacobs
Levi left art school with no job, but worse, no love of art.
Eventually he started creating and experimenting. Finding his style, he also found an art director and his lucky break. Going from flipping burgers to turning over big meaty clients.
Still Levi has worked hard to keep the ‘play’ of art in his life. Joining a studio and forming a collective. He’s not going to let getting paid to create detroy his love for it.
Graphic Designer Frankie Tortora
Over 10 years ago Frankie crowd funded her training as a graphic designer. It’s fair to say she doesn’t look at problems the same way everyone does.
And when pregnancy took her flourishing freelance career a few steps back, when she felt isolated amongst parents with full-time jobs, she didn’t settle. She searched. She got creative.
As her first child was born, so was ‘Doing It For The Kids’. Through a blog, Instagram, award-winning podcast and thriving community, she’s forged a second family of freelancers juggling kids & business.
Photographer & Creative Director Bal Bhatla
Bal loved his job in advertising, but posting on Instagram as ‘Mr Whisper’ changed the course of his career, leading him to work not only for himself, but with some insanely high profile brands from the off.
As an early ‘creator’, Bal has had to adapt as social media has evolved, to make sure the brands and the full-time rates kept coming. But despite the competition, he has his blinkers on. He’s only in a race against himself.
Write & PR Consultant Michelle Garrett
Although Michelle had a brief fling living the nine to five life in Silicon Valley, there was no chance of her resisting being her own boss.
Starting out as a freelancer 20 years ago, Michelle could never have predicted that social media would become such a big part of her freelancing life - with a huge Twitter chat, community and Space that she hosts.
In two decades she’s grown a successful business, a family, a community and ridden out the inevitable recessions and tough spells. It’s the long game and she’s got plenty to share on how to play it.
A must-listen for freelancers
I’ve listened to Being Freelance for ages now and it’s brilliant. Steve is a fantastic host and asks all the right questions, giving listeners a peek into the careers of some inspirational freelancers. Packed full of practical tips and creative insight, this is a must-listen if you’re freelance or thinking of taking the leap.
So informative and interesting. Can’t stop listening to it.
Such a good podcast and Steve always gets the best out of his podcast guests. Highly recommend!