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.
When working for free makes sense - Photographer Alexandra Cameron
She’s photographed famous faces including Russel Brand and Zoe Sugg, but Alex worked part-time for years while building up her skills and portfolio, often shooting for free or a small amount.
Even now, Alex says she will still work for free sometimes because it pays later on. She chats to Steve about the different ways she’s made money, including from licensing her photos and selling prints.
From CVs in Soho to CEO - Director and Editor Chiraag Parmar
Chiraag got his start in TV after handing out CVs around Soho in London. Today, he’s an award-winning director and editor running an indie production studio with a freelance team.
He talks to Steve about how he’s learned to build relationships and understand the numbers so he can take care of business development.
The art of business - Lettering Artist Shelly Kim
For Shelly, the key to successful freelancing has been in diversifying her income. Shelly’s developed multiple revenue streams including custom work, in-person and online workshops, brand partnerships, a book deal and soon, an online course.
She chats to Steve about how she’s learned to turn followers into customers and, since the pandemic, find a better work-life balance.
Building up a buffer - Copywriter Graeme Piper
Graeme was working as a marketing manager when he realised he enjoyed writing copy. He dreamed of going freelance but didn't rush into it, saving enough money to cover him for six months before handing in his notice in 2016.
He talks about finding clients, working from home happily and keeping everything balanced.
Bake it till you make it! - Illustrator Tom Hovey
Tom's the guy behind the illustrations on the Great British Bake Off. He chats to Steve about how he got started and found his way, even without much of a plan; and how his freelance life has evolved since Bake Off began back in 2010.
Today Tom runs a small studio with interns and freelancers, producing work for the Bake Off franchise and clients in the food industry, as well as selling prints of his GBBO work through an online shop.
Focus on where you’re going - Graphic Designer Innocent K Boateng
Innocent found his way into graphic design early, as a high school boy working in a printing press and watching and learning from his colleague.
Today, he’s running a freelance business alongside his university studies and trying to get the word out there to fellow young Africans — there is work online.
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Really helpful for freelancers
I’ve been a freelancer for years, and I’m always surprised by how many new problems and obstacles always pop up. This podcast has really helped me stay positive and not get frustrated, especially when I know other freelancers far better than me are going through the same thing!
Valuable advice for freelancers
Steve is a great interviewer and pulls interesting tidbits about freelancing out of all his guests! Thanks for an awesome show!!!
A Freelance Fortress!
Steve and his incredible guests shine the brightest of lights on what it means to create a sustainable freelance business that works for you! Engaging, inspiring, and educational are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show Steve - keep up the great work!