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Whether you work for yourself, or by yourself, the Solo Collective is here to make things a little bit easier. Working alone can be hard, and comes with its own challenges. The Solo Collective is a podcast about dealing with those challenges: we want to make solo working better for everyone.

Hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind', the Solo Collective is a podcast series is designed to help solitary workers do so happily.

Now on season three, Rebecca has spoken to experts and well-known solo workers from around the world, to find out how we can all thrive while working alone. Previous guests include Dr Laurie Santos (from Yale and host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast), Henry Holland (Fashion Designer), Bruce Daisley (work expert and host of Eat Sleep Work Repeat), Shahroo Izadi (behaviour change expert and author of the Kindness Method), and Anna Sale (host of the award-winning podcast Death, Sex and Money and author of Let's Talk About Hard Things).

The new six-part season will feature conversations with the writer Oliver Burkeman (Author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How To Use It) and Madeleine Dore (from Extraordinary Routines and author of I Didn't Do The Thing Today) among others.

We cover everything from anxiety to imposter syndrome, money to home-office design, productivity myths to how to take work less seriously, networking to how to cope with work when your family are all in the building too. We're glad to have you here with us.

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The Solo Collective Rebecca Seal

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Whether you work for yourself, or by yourself, the Solo Collective is here to make things a little bit easier. Working alone can be hard, and comes with its own challenges. The Solo Collective is a podcast about dealing with those challenges: we want to make solo working better for everyone.

Hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind', the Solo Collective is a podcast series is designed to help solitary workers do so happily.

Now on season three, Rebecca has spoken to experts and well-known solo workers from around the world, to find out how we can all thrive while working alone. Previous guests include Dr Laurie Santos (from Yale and host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast), Henry Holland (Fashion Designer), Bruce Daisley (work expert and host of Eat Sleep Work Repeat), Shahroo Izadi (behaviour change expert and author of the Kindness Method), and Anna Sale (host of the award-winning podcast Death, Sex and Money and author of Let's Talk About Hard Things).

The new six-part season will feature conversations with the writer Oliver Burkeman (Author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How To Use It) and Madeleine Dore (from Extraordinary Routines and author of I Didn't Do The Thing Today) among others.

We cover everything from anxiety to imposter syndrome, money to home-office design, productivity myths to how to take work less seriously, networking to how to cope with work when your family are all in the building too. We're glad to have you here with us.

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    THRIVE: What solo workers need

    THRIVE: What solo workers need

    Season 3 finale! Sue Ashford really does know what solo workers need to thrive - because she's one of the few people to have spent a career studying how freelancers, remote workers, independent workers and the self employed actually work, and what makes them happy. Her research means we now understand much more about making better choices about how, where and with whom we work.
    Sue is is the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professor in the Management and Organisations group at the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Sue really cares about using her teaching and research work to help people to be effective in their work lives. She's written for publications like the Harvard Business Review and most recently wrote a brilliant book, The Power Of Flexing which is all about how to change and grow at work.
    Thank you for joining us during season 3 of the Solo Collective. This episode is the last of the current series, but we plan to be back soon. If you like what we do here, please leave a rating or review wherever you get your podcasts - it helps the algorithm show the podcast to more people who might like it. Thank you!
    The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.
    To find out more about Sue:
    Visit her website: Susanashford.com
    Twitter: @sueashford
    Instagram: @susanjashford

    More from Rebecca Seal:
    Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collective
    Twitter: @RebeccaSeal
    Website: How To Work Alone
    This series is produced by Hester Cant

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    • 38 min
    FUN: And why to have it (bonus episode from the Freedom Matters podcast)

    FUN: And why to have it (bonus episode from the Freedom Matters podcast)

    This week we have a bonus episode from our friends at the Freedom Matters podcast which we think you will really enjoy – an interview with Catherine Price, founder of ScreenLifeBalance.com and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again.
    Host of Freedom Matters, Georgie Powell, talks to Catherine about what exactly 'fun' is and how to make space for more of it in our lives. They also cover the enormous health and productivity benefits of fun and how to structure your life to encourage fun magnets.
    The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.
    Listen to the Freedom Matters podcast on Apple, Anchor, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
    For more fun you can also sign up for Catherine's newsletter at HowToHaveFun.com
    You can also follow Catherine on Twitter (@Catherine_Price) and Instagram (@_CatherinePrice)
    Catherine Price: https://www.screenlifebalance.com/
    Find out more about the Freedom app here.
    More from Rebecca Seal:
    Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collective
    Twitter: @RebeccaSeal
    Website: How To Work Alone
    This series is produced by Hester Cant

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    • 32 min
    FLEXIBLE WORK: How not to exploit ourselves

    FLEXIBLE WORK: How not to exploit ourselves

    The work that academic Heejung Chung does is fascinating. She studies flexible working (among many other aspects of work) with particular focus on how gender dynamics can and do impact both the work we do and the choices we make about that work. She's just written her first book The Flexibility Paradox: Why Flexible Working Leads to (Self-)Exploitation, which is all about why we need to think carefully as more and more of us move into flexible work - especially solo workers - because working flexibly, while emphatically a good thing for most people, can also lead to overwork and burnout. Instead of rushing into flexibility, we need to think carefully about how to get it right, while we can - while work is evolving as swiftly as it is now.
    The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.
    More from Heejung Chung:
    Website: HeejungChung.com
    Twitter: @HeejungChung
    More from Rebecca Seal:
    Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collective
    Twitter: @RebeccaSeal
    Website: How To Work Alone
    This series is produced by Hester Cant

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 43 min
    TIME: How to use it

    TIME: How to use it

    Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and author of the brilliant Four Thousand Weeks: Time And How To Use It. (Four thousand weeks is the average length of a human lifetime, which is an arresting way to express it.) Oliver spent 12 years working as a columnist at the Guardian - he wrote 'This Column Will Change Your Life' - writing initially about self help and personal development but later broadening out into the philosophy of what it means to be a modern human. Four Thousand Weeks is a time management book of a very different sort - it's not about maximising output, scheduling, hacks or hyper productivity. In fact, it's more about relinquishing the idea that we can and should control and maximise our time, which is what Oliver and Rebecca are talking about here, too. His approach is incredibly enlightening and very helpful for solo workers who so often spend their time grappling with how to manage it.
    The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.
    More from Oliver Burkeman:
    Twitter: @OliverBurkeman
    Website: www.oliverburkeman.com
    More from Rebecca Seal:
    Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collective
    Twitter: @RebeccaSeal
    Website: How To Work Alone
    This series is produced by Hester Cant

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 37 min
    MOVEMENT: The brain-body connection

    MOVEMENT: The brain-body connection

    Caroline Williams is the author of 'Move! The New Science of Body Over Mind' - an amazing book about how movement impacts the way our brains work, from our creativity to our mental health. We wanted to talk to Caroline, who is also a solo worker, because it is all too easy to sit still all day long when you work alone. We discuss whether sitting really is the new smoking, how we can build more movement into our working days and the mental health benefits of lifting weights (!).
    The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.
    More from Caroline Williams:
    Instagram: @carolinewilliams_science
    Twitter: @ScienceCaroline
    More from Rebecca Seal:
    Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collective
    Twitter: @RebeccaSeal
    Website: How To Work Alone
    This series is produced by Hester Cant

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 38 min
    MONEY: What is financial well-being?

    MONEY: What is financial well-being?

    For many of us, looking after our money - as adults, as well as solo workers - feels like one of the most complicated things we have to do. And yet, as Clare Seal points out, most of us lack any kind of financial education and are just muddling along as best we can. Combine that with the fact that for many solo workers, our income is inextricably tied to how we view both our business success and our sense of self worth, and you've got a fairly toxic combination. Clare Seal (no relation to Rebecca!) knows all this only too well: in her 20s, she got into debt and saw it impact not just her finances but also her mental health. As she worked to dig herself out of debt over the past three years, she documented her experiences on instagram, via a then-anonymous account, @myfrugalyear, which gained thousands of followers before she outed herself. Today, she writes about financial well being and helps other people navigate the practicalities and emotions of money. Her latest book is Five Steps to Financial Wellbeing, a brilliant guide to getting to grips with how you feel about money, filled with practical advice - just like this conversation with her is.
    The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.
    Clare's recommendations:
    SnoopQuickbooks accounting softwareMoney Saving Expert websiteIllumoni borrowing companion app
    More from Clare Seal:
    Find her on Instagram: @myfrugalyear
    More from Rebecca Seal:
    Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collective
    Twitter: @RebeccaSeal
    Website: How To Work Alone
    This series is produced by Hester Cant

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

mentor s c ,

Phenomenal!

Always learn so much from this show!

Kerlynda ,

Exactly what soloists need!

Such a wonderful podcast and accompaniment to Rebecca Seal’s book, a must-listen for anyone working solo! Very pleased it’s back for a new season.

Jesshshaver ,

So relevant and so helpful

I’m not exactly the solo operative this podcast is for, but it is SO valuable to me.

Content is relevant, discussed clearly and kindly, as well as having LOTS of actionable nuggets of wisdom.

Thank you Rebecca!

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