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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.
www.beingfreelance.com

Being Freelance Being Freelance - The freelancing podcast with Steve Folland and a stack of inspiring freelancer stories

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    • 4.9, 87 Ratings

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.
www.beingfreelance.com

    Survival skills - Copywriter and Author Sarah Townsend

    Survival skills - Copywriter and Author Sarah Townsend

    Sarah’s freelance life began back in 1999 after the arrival of her first child. Unsure how to be a mum or run a business, Sarah struggled and says it took her far too long to get to where she is now, mostly because she didn’t have the business skills she needed.

    She chats to Steve about learning to find balance and put boundaries in place. Plus, she shares the story behind the book she’s written to help other freelancers survive without burning out.

    • 38 min
    Add value first - Content Marketer Ross Simmonds

    Add value first - Content Marketer Ross Simmonds

    From part-time, on-the-side freelancer to founding an agency that employs over a dozen people, Ross has spent the last eight years building his reputation and his business.

    “If you can come in with value,” says Ross, “you’re less intimidating. Add value before you ask for it.”

    • 43 min
    The power of choice - Cultural Consultant Marge Ainsley

    The power of choice - Cultural Consultant Marge Ainsley

    After Marge took some time out to reflect on ten years being freelance, she discovered the power of choice. The choice to work with clients who have the same values. To take a month off every summer. To start a second business that fills a creative hole.

    She chats to Steve about how she made those changes and what else she’s learned along the way, including how to adapt to the market, find a better work-life blend and keep the work coming in.

    • 46 min
    An appetite for adventure - Photographer and Videographer Steve Zavitz

    An appetite for adventure - Photographer and Videographer Steve Zavitz

    When Steve started out, he had dreams of building a name for himself as an action sports photographer. But with little money to be made in his sport of choice, he soon turned to the food industry and began shooting for restaurants instead.

    These days, he has a portfolio of work spanning both niches and he picks up marketing and design work on the side.

    • 43 min
    What do I want my days to look like? - UI/UX Design Consultant Rafal Tomal

    What do I want my days to look like? - UI/UX Design Consultant Rafal Tomal

    Rafal moved from Poland to the United States at 18 and landed a job as a developer. He progressed within the company all while freelancing on the side, until, eventually, he left to focus on his business and his personal brand full time.

    He chats to Steve about finding clients, growing his email list, selling digital products and courses, figuring out what to say no to and focusing on what he loves to do.

    • 43 min
    Nothing is a mistake - Email Conversion Strategist Eman Ismail

    Nothing is a mistake - Email Conversion Strategist Eman Ismail

    Managing a communications department for a small charity, Eman learnt a lot but the commute was a killer. Out of the house from 8am - 8pm, she was exhausted and missing her young son.

    These days, freelancing, life for Eman looks very different. “I’m being the parent that I wanted to be,” she says. Listen to her talk about how she made it happen.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

fullythoughtout ,

Jam packed with inspo

Love this podcast for freelancer insights, inspiration and ideas. Steve is a fab host. The stories are great. It’s funny and heart-warming.

John Espirian ,

Relaxed, funny and informative

I love Steve's relaxed style of presentation and, speaking as a former guest, I can say with confidence that he really makes his featured speakers comfortable and welcome. Not only does the show cover a wide range of freelance activities, it also showcases the personalities of the people behind these small businesses. Top work!

Uncool kid ,

Superb

This has become my regular pre-run download, to help my brain tick as I run (part of the freelance benefit right?)
I particularly love hearing about the working patterns of all these creative brains - some take no calls before noon..some do all the client work til noon.. I’m finding it’s bringing new thinking to my own way of working.
Nice open, listening style from Steve - better than the ‘all about me” that’s so often true of the podcast host!
I’m a very established freelancer and still get loads from listening thank you.

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