Bear Essentials - Branding Designer Emma Sheppard

When Emma became a mum, she also became a freelancer. Trading as Big Bear Creative, she thought she'd get 15 hours of childcare a week and do little bits of work... But her freelance baby soon started to grow and need more attention.

Now, not only is she working four days a week, but her husband has joined the business too. Big Bear got bigger. And so did their plans.

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No Fear - Copywriter Prerna Malik

When Prerna’s husband couldn’t work due to ill health, her side project of writing suddenly became crucial for their family.

Over time they realised it had real potential, her husband joined the business, they hired others as ‘Content Bistro’ served up hungry businesses around the world. It’s an amazing story. She had no money, no other options and no fear. And no idea how much her life was about to change.

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Pug in a banana costume - Copywriter Kirsty Fanton

The title may be unconventional - but so is Kirsty's story and what she does for her client's emails. From counsellor to copywriter via French farm hand.

Hear how Australian freelancer Kirsty discovered her skill, found her niche and figured out the business side. Still taking time for herself, finding wealth in life beyond money.

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Building A Community - Social Media Consultant Tia Meyers

After being made redundant Tia Meyers didn't just take her experience of social media and start being freelance. She also decided to take it and grow a community of other freelancing females.

2 years on, we chat about the many lessons learnt both in adjusting her services, getting paid and work-life balance AND from growing a Facebook Group of 8000 members with meet ups globally.

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Instagram Success Story - Photographer Ron Timehin

Ron's success as a freelancer stems from talent, hard work, generosity, seizing opportunities and... Instagram. The app is at the heart of it all. Giving him the confidence to be a pro photographer. Finding an audience and community. Bringing him to the attention of big brands and opening doors that he's more than eager to burst through. The power of putting yourself out there and making and taking opprtunities shines through.

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Raison d'être - Developer Elliot Taylor

Elliot doesn't shy away from making a change in his life. After a string of non-coding jobs, he self-taught himself WordPress and became a freelance developer. From that he built up a successful agency - Raison.

But when fatherhood beckoned he stripped back the pressure of being a boss to freelance once more. More flexibility, more time for his family, more ability to be a specialist. And plenty more to hear about too…

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Plans change and that's okay - Artist Roxanne Coble

Roxanne is a planner. She plans what she's doing with her business 'by bun' two years ahead. TWO YEARS. And yet she'd never planned to be an artist.

She spent six years in a proper zero-creativity job before realising she could make a living through her art. And she's done that by growing an audience who enjoy her content across various social media platforms. Who support her, both socially and financially. But she realises plans can change, things change. And that's okay.

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The Passive Income Wake Up Call - Copywriter Kayla Hollatz

Not long out of college, Kayla quit her PR job to become self-employed.

She was seduced by the idea of being a 'one to many' infopreneur - making money online from being an expert, selling courses etc.

The dream of passive income soon became a nightmare of over-work in order to keep her sales funnel topped up.

After a year of crazy 80 hour weeks she switched from products to services and became a freelance copywriter. Now she's built a business that gives her time for her life, instead of taking up all of it.

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Make yourself unavoidable - Ben the Illustrator

Ben O'Brien, started out as a freelance illustator and animator, even forming a successful studio. But being creative was usurped by being a manager. So he went solo again and freelancer 'Ben the Illustrator' was born.

Ben tells us about being there for his family, making connections to peers around the world through an awesome survey and whether by knocking on doors or using side projects and social media - making himself unavoidable.

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Creating Your Own Rules - Brand Strategist Jenni Heffernan Brown

From working for mega corporations to teaming up with another freelancer to form an agency.  It's been quite a journey for Jenni. Rules or no rules.

We chat about the importance of 'systems, systems, systems', taking time for your own creative projects, letting go by using other freelancers, taking time off and the secret to letting potential clients know what it's like to work with you.

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Bringing Side Projects to the Centre - Web Developer Mark Steadman

Mark's been freelancing on and off for years in between spells in companies, agencies and even running startups.

He's always had side projects. And whether or not they're a 'success', the experience still feeds back into his freelance skills. But now he's bringing his podcasting project in from the side to be centre stage, giving it more 'full time' attention to make it the focus of his business.

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Don't Panic - Virtual Assistant Jess Ostroff

Jess knew she wanted to work on her own terms.
What she didn't know, was what a 'virtual assistant' was.

And yet when an opportunity came up to be one, to work remotely and become freelance... she jumped at it. As years went by, the amount of work started to overwhelm her. So she hired her own virtual assistants to help out... and her company Don't Panic Management was born. Everything 'virtual' had gradually become very real.

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Untamed Freelancing - Copywriter Karen Marston

It feels like Karen is being freelance on her terms.
With her own voice, her own style. Stress free. Quite possibly in pyjamas.

Here we chat about how she got started as a copywriter, how she got started making money from courses helping other writers and how she got finished with trying to be a digital nomad.

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Just keep meeting people! - Podcast producer Matt Hill

At the heart of Matt's success are other people. Sure, of course he's good at what he does. But it's the people he's met along the way that have helped him grow himself and his business.

Put simply: the more people you meet, the more chance you have of working with them in the future. Be that fellow freelancers or potential clients. Just keep meeting people!

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Taking time for yourself - Virtual Assistant Annie Browne

Tidying her child's room Annie suddenly found a name for a business. With it she found a way to make work fit with family, she found meaningful work in a remote location and found a community of other freelancers to help her along the way. Now all she has to do is find time for herself...

Hear Annie's journey as self-employed virtual assistant 'Hello My PA', becoming one of the freelance heroes.

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