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*GOLD Best Business Podcast — British Podcast Awards 2021*

The 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

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*GOLD Best Business Podcast — British Podcast Awards 2021*

The 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

    When you just can't get any rest

    When you just can't get any rest

    This week Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland have a chat in response to a question from communications consultant Sarah Randall. She says:

    “How on earth does anyone get any rest. Like, real restful rest?

    I feel like for the past 18 months I've been waiting for a break, but it never comes.
    I need to find a way to make it happen.

    The flipping pandemic means that I have way less support from family, increased work pressures… my husband also runs his own business that's been pretty smashed to smithereens by the pandemic. 

    We have a 2 yr old and 4 yr old and are expecting a third so we knew it was always going to be a tricky year but I’d be interested in hearing thoughts on how not to burn out. 

    All the 'normal' business / wellbeing blogs advocate stuff I used to do pre-kids e.g. meditate, get up early to go for a walk, sport... but now there is just no frickin time... 

    Obviously this is a phase of life... and the pandemic won't be quite so intense forever... but it feels like the marathon is far from over and they’ve forgotten to provide the orange slices and jelly babies at the side of the road. 

    How the heck do others do it? Can someone throw me a jelly baby?”

    • 20 min
    How to promote yourself when speaking at an event

    How to promote yourself when speaking at an event

    "What is an appropriate level of self promotion when doing a talk?

    I have been asked to do a talk on Imposter Syndrome for 150 female leaders in an organisation. Naturally I don't feel in the slightest bit confident I am able to do this or the right person for the job, but given the topic I feel that is exactly why I should, and so for that reason I am in!

    I will be one of four people contributing and my slot will take up nearly half of the online event, including the break out room workshops I will help shape. I was initially told there is budget but that hasn’t proven to be the case — I won’t be getting paid.

    I therefore really want to make sure that there will be some additional work to come from this event. This will be my first event like this, and so I’m unsure of the etiquette when it comes to self promotion....?

    Any advice on how to get the balance between being the ultimate inspiring professional speaker, whilst also not wasting the opportunity to self promote would be greatly appreciated. Should I just trust in the process that work will naturally come from it?"

    • 21 min
    How to get over a (client) breakup

    How to get over a (client) breakup

    “How do you get over a client breakup?

    Recently I had a client who I felt I worked really hard on. Prioritising their work when it was dropped on me at the last minute, replying to whatsapp at any given hour, working weekends (I know, I know) only to receive a message to say that they felt I was too busy and had found another agency to replace me.

    Whilst I know that I actually went above and beyond for this client and that I really had worked my hardest, I can’t help but shake the feeling of guilt that I could have done more.

    So my question is, how do you get over a client breakup? It is just a common thing that happens to freelancers? Tell me I’m not alone in feeling this way??"

    • 20 min
    Planning your maternity leave as a freelancer

    Planning your maternity leave as a freelancer

    “I’m expecting my second baby later this year. Do you have any tips on planning maternity leave (pre- and post-birth) and maybe around lining up work for 2022? I don’t want to prepare too much because I don’t know how I’ll feel after the birth. But I also don’t want to go into this without a plan! I love the idea of taking all the time I need but I don’t know how realistic that is. I guess I’m worried I’ll have to start all over again when I come back? Help! Thanks”

    • 20 min
    When your creative business isn't creative anymore

    When your creative business isn't creative anymore

    “Hi both! My current dilemma is a question I keep coming back to and yet have never found a way to resolve.

    I started my freelance business 13 years ago and over the years my role has moved from a predominantly creative business into a more developer/online business.

    I love designing and creating but now find that I am so bogged down in 'adminy' and technical jobs, that I end up being less and less creative. I am incredibly lucky that the bulk of my work is referrals and that I’m busy — but I find the more websites and systems I produce, the more I get recommended for that kind of work, which exacerbates the issue.

    I understand how I got here (I’m good at producing these systems!) but I find them incredibly boring to produce and am still in a mindset where I’m unable to turn down work.

    Now I’m in a position where I'm not enjoying the bulk of my workload and feel isolated, lonely and bored thanks to working from home — my mental health has suffered.

    In an ideal world I would have a financial cushion that would allow me to turn down some of these projects and pursue more that interest me, but — as many self-employed people are — I work very hand to mouth (especially being a widowed parent).

    My question is, how can I somehow incorporate more of what I love (and ultimately went freelance to do), without losing out financially?

    Somedays I think I'd love to work outside or do something completely different, but understand this isn't possible (unless I win the lottery), but the ideal would be to design book covers all day, but that is only 5% of what I currently do.

    Any ideas on how to help morph my business back to a place where I am not voluntarily doing something I don't enjoy? Thanks! Claire”

    • 20 min
    End of term bye-byes

    End of term bye-byes

    A very quick message to say that we won't be doing a full episode this week after all as we've just got too much to do on the last week of term!!! WAAAAAHHHH. (Apologies for the quality of Frankie's audio. She messed up. #awardwinning)

    • 2 min

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Funny and human

This is consistently my favorite podcast to listen to because it’s not JUST about parenting or JUST about work. It’s about LIFE for people who are managing both every day. Very human and real, hosts you feel like you know who share funny little stories off-script. Good advice whether you’re just starting to work for yourself or have been doing it for years.

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