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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"I feel like I know you" - Social Marketing Consultant Sam Burgess

'Social Mouth' Sam has a story of reinvention, investment, belief and community.

We hear about the power of Instagram Stories and her Small & Mighty podcast in helping people get to know her. The benefits of a business coach. And the impact that ill health, a dog and a dad can have on your future.

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Reinvent Yourself - Illustrator and Designer Dan Bramall

When Dan was made redundant two weeks before his second child was born, he knew failure wasn't an option. He had to make a success of being freelance.

Hear how he's made that happen -  the coworking studio, networking and adapting to a changing world - always learning new skills, reinventing.. and never with his shirt tucked in.

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Secrets of Sharing - Social Media Consultant Uli Schulz

For German freelancer Uli, it all started with sharing. Using Twitter to share and make reality her dream of living and working in London.

Since then she's been sharing work spaces, sharing in communities, sharing thoughts, groups, content, challenges, knowledge and now she shares it with us

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Whatever it takes - Media Composer Grant Kirkhope

Composer Grant Kirkhope has spent the past 20 years not just making video games music, but making a name for himself.

From the lessons and habits learned as an in-house composer, to breaking out as a freelancer in a new country: looking for opportunities, an agent and  a day off.

It may seem like a series of ‘happy accidents’ but it’s a tale of persistence, creativity and professionalism. Doing whatever it takes to get the job.

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