Take an interest in other humans - Musician Kari Paavola

Sometimes you find the very best advice in one of the least likely places.

For many of our regular listeners, a drummer from Helsinki might not be an obvious guest. But it’s thinking outside the box that can often lead to breakthroughs.

And Kari has some valuable insights that can be applied to freelancing across the board.

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Always learning - Learning Experience Designer Cath Ellis

Cath started out trialling freelance work alongside a full-time job. Within a month, she’d left the job behind and gone freelance full-time.

Cath chats about working flexibly from the deck of a cruise ship, speaking at an event in Las Vegas, using plugins and apps to create quotes and proposals, and what it’s like to be always learning.

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Build decent and expansive relationships - Strategy Consultant Jan Mikulin

Despite being a marketeer, Jan doesn’t market himself or his freelance business. Instead, he focuses on his network and building meaningful relationships.

We talk about work-life balance, self-development, being “perma-lance”, finding work when you’re not on social media, how to make the most of periods with no work, and what it’s like to be an associate and partner in a freelance collective.

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The pathway to such a cool life - Data Visualisation Expert Stephanie Evergreen

Stephanie was forced into being freelance, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could ever have happened to her.

We chat about work-life balance and how she manages to take five vacations a year, why she still works from home even though her business is international and her team is 6-people strong, and how the best piece of advice she’s ever been given is “raise your prices”.

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Setting goals and setting up an agency - Marketing Consultant Alex Curtis

Alex took his time to hire a first team member, but it seems there was very little doubt it would happen eventually. He's always felt at his best when he's able to lead the way, and running his own agency had been on the cards for a while.

That agency is now made up of 6, and Alex is working with a mentor - The Secret Millionaire's Mike Greene - to manage its growth and set goals for the future.

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Launch and learn - Creative Xanthe Berkeley

After taking a career break to start a family, Xanthe was ready for a change. Office life was no longer appealing, and she soon found herself building a freelance photography business.

That business has developed over time, and Xanthe now produces creative visual campaigns for brands like Boden, Cath Kidston, and Etsy UK, while also teaching film making and finding time for personal projects.

She never had much of a plan, but she gets that you’ve got to give something a try if you want to learn more.

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Know your personal value - Web Designer Dave Smyth

Dave’s been a freelance web designer for around 5 years now, and he’s picked up a lot of practical knowledge in that time. When he’s not busy sharing that knowledge with others on social media, he’s working on his new project, Work Notes, a collection of articles and resources for freelancers.

We chat about the importance of contracts, Dave’s experience using Upwork, some of his favourite resources, and how he handles working with clients based overseas.

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Better, not bigger - Writer Paul Jarvis

“I don’t want busy to be my default state,” says Paul Jarvis, and he’s built a body of work to help other freelancers achieve the same.

Paul began his freelance career as a web designer, but now he’s a writer and published author who produces podcasts and online courses.

In his book, Company of One, Paul explores the idea that, if you want to live a fulfilling life and you prioritise time over money, your goal should be to build a better business, not a bigger one.

This is the story of how Paul built his very own Company of One.

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Sharing the hats - UX Designer Mariana Morris

Most freelancers embrace the opportunity to work independently. They avoid growth, preferring instead to stay the one-man (or -woman) band that allows them to avoid paying someone else’s salary.

Mariana isn’t most freelancers. She’s moved to an agency model because she believes she can do greater work when she’s part of a team. And she’s determined to create the perfect environment in which that team can thrive.

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Get paid upfront - Professional Know-it-all Kat Molesworth

There are side hustlers and multi-hyphenates, and then there’s Kat. Photographer, blogger, consultant, podcast host, YouTuber, DJ, conference founder, wife and mother of three… there’s no easy way to define how Kat makes a living.

And isn’t that the beauty of freelance life? It takes away the limits and puts you in control of where you take your career.

For Kat, that’s meant being able to pursue all the fun and creative ideas she has. Find out how she got started and how she continues to make it work, even when late payments threaten everything.

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Location independent - Copywriter Kelly Dunning

Digital nomad Kelly has been travelling the world on a freelance income since 2011. After beginning her freelance career taking bottom-of-the-rung jobs from content mills, she’s climbed the ladder building a business that supports her lifestyle travelling the world.

Kelly says freelancing is a never ending puzzle. And that’s a good thing. She’s got plenty of clues to help you.

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