***BRONZE Best Business Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2020***
The weekly podcast for parents who work freelance, hosted by Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland. Get involved! Use #DIFTKpodcast on Twitter and Instagram, and join in the conversation in the DIFTK Community on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/DIFTK
Riding the freelance rollercoaster
“I’ve been running my business for 2 and a half years, with a small baby hiatus in the middle (compounded by, y’know, a global pandemic that stole all the f-ing childcare).
2 and a half years in and I still haven’t learned to ride the rollercoaster of emotions that accompanies doing your own thing. I feel like a dog chasing squirrels made of feelings:
‘Ooh a new idea, I’m so happy!’
‘Oh no a rejection, I’m so sad’
‘Ooh a new client, I’m so happy!’
How can I find some equilibrium guys? I drive myself mad — what about my poor family?”
How to move back into an employed role
“How do I navigate going from freelance into an employed role? Particularly when I’m going to be keeping my small business going on the side.
What can I do to make the transition easier and more manageable? How can I take the awesome parts of freelance life into an employed job? And how can I embrace the parts of an employed job that I’m not so fond of?"
When your partner starts working from home
“I’ve worked from home in one form or another, in both employed and self- employed roles, for five years now. There’s been ups and downs, and I’ve learnt along the way how to manage the work/home balance and what I need to do to keep my wellbeing up (I don’t always follow my advice but at least know the theory by now!). My husband, however, came off furlough last month and is now navigating full time working from home for the first time. I can see him falling foul of many things that I did in the early days of working from home that didn’t create the best balance.
So how can we, as experienced work-from-homers, support our other halves/family members to get used to life outside the office?
ALSO, how on earth do I get used to having a home office buddy who slurps his tea SO LOUDLY and swears at his computer when the internet drops out, because I am NOT DEALING WELL WITH THAT!!!”
Preparing for Lockdown 2.0
“With Lockdown 2.0 looming precariously ahead, what are our lessons from the first wave, and what could we put in place NOW to proactively protect our businesses (and sanity) ahead of the game?”
How to celebrate your wins without sounding like a w*nker
"Congrats on your British Podcast Award! I won an award in my field last year and I have been wondering how to best market the fact without sounding like a w****r. It’s sometimes hard to shout about your wins (especially as a woman) but if you have been recognised surely you should be able to celebrate?”
When your partner is negative about your business
“I’m so sick of my husband’s negativity about my business! I started it 7 years ago with a view to running it when children came along and since then, I’ve been able to pick it up and put it down around my son and various life events.
I’ve always felt the need to hold onto my part-time supermarket job so I feel like I’m ‘doing my bit’ but have been increasingly resenting the fact that my business takes a back seat to everything else — how am I supposed to make the same or more money if I’m not given the opportunity to work on it!?
His view is if I’m spending ANY time on it, it should equate to money coming in and it doesn’t matter how many times I try to explain to him that I need to put the hours in before I reap the rewards, he makes comments like “I don’t want you to get your hopes up” — Obviously not with comments like that!
He doesn’t understand it and he never will, but can anyone advise on things I could do to get him more on board before I start looking for a new husband!!?”