Career Reboot - Illustrator Kirk Wallace

Career Reboot - Illustrator Kirk Wallace

Having trained in computer science, Kirk came to realise it was the visual design of software and sites that he most enjoyed. So he rebooted his career - self-taught how to develop as an illustrator, designer and businessman. 

Kirk shares his journey including the results of experiments with working space, social media and pricing.

6am Side Projects - Designer Femke van Schoonhoven

6am Side Projects - Designer Femke van Schoonhoven

Femke manages to fit in a lot. Full time work, freelance clients, a podcast, speaking, blogging, conferences, a social life. A cat.

She shares her story: from New Zealand to Amsterdam, forming a 'studio' with her boyfriend,  dispanding a studio with her boyfriend,  growing in confidence, growing an audience. The power of connection. The power of reflection. Making goals. Making time.

The Value of Value - Data Visualisation Specialist Andy Kirk

The Value of Value - Data Visualisation Specialist Andy Kirk

In 2010 Andy started a blog exploring his passion for data visualisation. It led to a huge multi-national knocking on his door as his first client and that gave him the confidence to visualise life being freelance.

Hear Andy share his story, discussing the pressures of pricing, knowing when to hire others and the value of writing books on your subject.

Creative Block - Illustrator Emma Block

Creative Block - Illustrator Emma Block

When a 16 year old Emma started sharing her artwork on her blog, she had no idea how quickly she'd turn from teenager to freelancer and ultimately from freelancer into 'influencer'! 

Hear the way she's diversified her income, copes with an RSI and shares tips on social marketing (including great success with Instagram Stories).

Taking The Plunge - Photographer Matt Porteous

Taking The Plunge - Photographer Matt Porteous

How does a builder from Jersey end up photographing a future King?

Hear how Matt took the plunge, followed his passion, knocked on doors and took every job that came his way.

Nowadays Matt's joined forces with other freelancers to form a studio that allows them to be creative and take on even more work. His passion for travel and underwater photography still shines through and it's all going swimmingly.

Blogging & Business Chops - Motion Designer Austin Saylor

Blogging & Business Chops - Motion Designer Austin Saylor

A year before he went freelance, Austin started blogging. Not only did it give him a space to document and reflect on his progress, but it brought him connections that referred him for work. Since then expanding his network through conferences has done the same.

He continues to think big, experiment, grow and develop his business chops.

Instagram Changed My Life - Writer & Photographer Sara Tasker

Instagram Changed My Life - Writer & Photographer Sara Tasker

When Sara went on maternity leave it wasn't just her child that was born. A business was too.

Sara's story shows what can happen when you find and connect with your people, with your audience. Her Instagram followers have given her the ability to quit her 'day job' and follow her passion for photography and writing.

Self Developer - Developer Sara Soueidan

Self Developer - Developer Sara Soueidan

How do you go from having no idea of a career... to becoming Net Awards Developer of the Year? In just a couple of years?!

For Lebanese freelancer Sara it's been a journey of self development as much as anything she's done for the web. Hear her story of learning, sharing, writing, speaking, teaching, creating... and then learning some more.