Here's a bonus episode of the podcast, recorded live with IPSE at a WeWork in Manchester, UK, on 6th March 2019. It features previous guests Kelly Gilmour-Grassam and Ian Paget of Logo Geek. How have they grown their businesses in the years since we last spoke?
Like many of us, Lucas often finds himself working too much. And despite living in the countryside in Brazil, he says it’s keeping a good balance that’s the most difficult thing about being freelance.
We chat about how he manages his workload, what his plans are for the future, and how a school illustration project he took on led to having a book published and distributed to schools across Brazil.
What do you get when you connect community-minded freelancers who like working collaboratively?
You get a collective, that’s what. It’s a bit like an agency, but with more freedom and shared responsibilities.
Lyndsey formed her collective because she wanted to open herself up to some new opportunities. Bigger clients and meatier work. Let’s find out how it’s going, shall we?
Realising he was the bottleneck that was preventing his business from growing, Jared Gold took action. He now runs two design companies and is finding ways to use his own time more effectively. Jared talks about learning to prioritise sales ahead of exploring new systems and processes, learning from business books and industry experts, and working with a team of freelancers to scale his business.
As is the case for most of us, Jae’s career hasn’t gone the way she imagined it would. Instead of going down the expected path, she ended up following her intuition and her creative interests to build a working life that means something to her.
And for Jae, it all started with the brand. The business stuff came later. We chat about how she established that brand and grew it, what it means to her, and how she’s moving forward with it now that she’s committed to being freelance.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.