What if the world could watch you while you worked? What if they paid to watch? What if they interacted with you so you didn't feel alone while working? What if they then paid you for work AND paid to watch you?
That's pretty much where Twitch streamer/entertainer/illustrator Austen Marie finds herself. It looks like a lot of fun. But it's definitely still a job. It's a business.
Ben's on a mission to make a difference to global warming and that's what drives his business.
He's built a niche video content business serving the construction industry, laid the foundations to a membership site by building a successful podcast and aims to build his own house. He's always planning long term, thinking big.
Hear how a journalist with a passion for the outdoors and walking made her own route to being an award-winning Outdoor writer.
With 18 books under her belt, she shares how she's found herself where she is today and the importance of joining a trade guild to her career, skills and sanity.
Redundancy helped push Mike into a freelance career. Since then he's evolved, learned, focused, launched his own products, developed his own personal brand and formed his own design studio... and yet still regularly questions whether being freelance is right for him. Why?
You're 17. One of your stop motion films goes viral. A major TV channel calls comissioning you to make one for them. What do you? Start university as planned, or seize the moment and begin a freelance career?
For Graham, all of his tiny precise filmic movements led to a sudden leap forward.
London agency life was turning Laura into a zombie. Over-long days were filled with meetings and politics instead of being creative.
Now, she's alive again - as a remote freelancer. Out of the rat race, out of the city and into doing the work she loves. Not only could she start her own business, but she could start her family too.
Starting by selling Wordpress themes on Etsy, Kelly now offers an evolving range of branding services in amongst a generous supply of free resources.
From Brazil to a noisy New York City, we hear her story. And a few sirens. And planes. Drowned out by passion for her business.
After leaving the army, Andy soon found he had enough orders for capturing images of bespoke, tailor-made products, lifestyle and more to be a freelance photographer.
He shares his story on making a name for himself, making face-to-face connections and even making his own magazine to create his dream work.
"You have the chance to carve the career of your dreams, so dream!" Amy didn't just settle with regular copywriting gigs. She didn't just settle for speaking/training around the world. She kept 'checking in on herself' and tweaking her career path.
Today she will regularly hit publish on blogs, videos, podcasts and her own 'scalable' income online course - alongside the client work she loves.
Rachel's found inspiration, support, friendship and even clients in the communities she's joined online. Be it through courses she's paid for, Twitter or private Facebook groups she's joined (or started!), she's realised you don't have to freelance alone.
Hear her story: from finding her niche - the wake up call to her business, to finding herself in hospital - the wake up call to herself.
After struggling to find work after uni, with a year of bits, bobs and benefits, Kristian finally found the real benefits of a mentor, working for an established freelancer.
Now, he balances 2 jobs. One with a full time employer, the other: his freelance career. Kristian's experience of breaking out in to his freelance dream is full of ups and downs. Keep an eye out for lots of great lessons. Oh. And a daredevil cat.
Jamie went from gigging musician to composer for TV, film, games and stage.
Here he shares how it's all played out so far: heading back to uni, collaborating over Skype, mangaging his own band, the passive income of library music and how getting his own studio scaled up his work load and kept his home in harmony. Love a music pun. You keeping score?
Hear how Natalie went from the RAF to flying solo as a freelance illustrator.
Along the way she's found her niche, an agent and a dog... but almost not enough hours.
Col quit agency life to be his own boss. As you'd expect, he's very deliberate about selling himself; here he shares his experiences of SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click and even finding media opportunities to get yourself known. Plus how he turns down work to keep his hours down and his 'lifestyle business' where he wants it.
After a career freelancing behind the scenes in TV, Olly Mann has found himself in the media limelight. Found? Or put himself there? Olly's a writer for major publications, a national radio presenter, TV panelist and part of the podcasting elite. But how did all of these doors open for him? Not without knocking. And then pushing all of Olly Mann through.
After a year of the podcast Being Freelance... what's that 12 months actually been like being freelance for our very first guests?
In this, the second of two special end of year episodes, Steve Folland chats to CSS consultant Harry Roberts and illustrator Jessica Morgan. Their challenges, their changes, their epiphanies, their year being freelance.
After a year of the podcast Being Freelance... what's that 12 months actually been like for our very first guests? In this, the first of two special episodes, Steve Folland chats to photographer Tom Miles, designer Liz Elcoate and audio producer Chris Hollis. Their challenges, their changes, their epiphanies... their year being freelance.
Without Instagram would Jordan be shooting for some of the coolest fashion brands and bands around? A great mix of passion, talent, social media and social life has been the focus of his career.
The question is: if you're a creative freelancer can you afford not to be 'social'?
Canadian copywriter Joel Klettke is focused on results. When it works for his clients it's working for him.
This chat has a crazy amount of useful freelance tips in it as Joel shares thoughts on using a personal name vs a company one, what makes his freelance site stand out, how he came to be a TEDx speaker, networking, growing the business... and all of this whilst being the best looking man in the world.
Over 25 years of being freelance for acclaimed TV exec Jacqui Moore; this is like a box-set of experience to binge on. As well as diversifying her career to Live Events and consulting, she also helps mentor others in the industry, keeping pace with change and with New York.
She trained as a Linguist. Worked as a Translator. Dreamt as an Illustrator. Eventually Landysh brought them together: co-founding Lingvistov, a Skype based language service which also allowed her illustrations to speak volumes too, so much so they've now become a product of their own.
Hear how his side projects bring him clients, plus great thoughts on being a freelancing dad, the story behind his Full Frontal conference and how he found having staff and an office simply wasn't everything he'd dreamt it would be.
5 years after redundancy abruptly introduced her to self employment, exhibitions designer Rebecca Shipham was named IPSE Freelancer Of The Year.
Ahead of National Freelance Day 2015, a year on from her coronation, we hear how she succeeds in her niche, deals with isolation, finds confidence in trading as a company and how the win has allowed her to give back to the next generation of creatives.
Tim designs and develops for local SME clients in his home city of Minneapolis. They all come thanks to the work he puts into establishing himself as a digital marketing authority both with blogging and podcasting. All that whilst refining his trade with work in an agency.
Tim shares great insight into building a successful website for yourself as a freelancer.
Both Franky and her husband are self employed. How do they make it work for their young family?
Hear how Franky's blog 'Love Audrey' gave her the confidence and the connections to go freelance, how she balances work and kids and why it's important to question what it really means to be successful. Pass the biscuits!
Tim is a freelance storyteller. As a BAFTA nominated film maker, video creative and script writer, he sees 'side projects' as investments in his business: producing work you love should draw people you'd love to work with to you. This... is his story.
Louisa trades both as herself and as her company Superhuman Limited, travelling from her homes in Berlin and London to make a difference across the digital world.
A long career from startups and agencies to big corporations and even governments has given her great insights to share so hopefully we won't freak out. But will she?
Ian designs logos as a freelance side project, but by using social media has carved himself out as an industry authority.
This online brand means all of his work is generated by inbound enquiries. Worth geeking over.