The 500th invoice
Mar02

The 500th invoice

I’ve just issued my 500th invoice as a freelancer – to the company I issued my first invoice to, my very first client. I’ve been a freelance writer for nearly seven years now. I’ve worked for a lot of clients in that time, mainly small businesses wanting one or two bits of web copy, a short article or a press release. But I’ve also had clients that have stuck around for a long time – including that...

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Freelance life: Being bottom of the pile
Jan29

Freelance life: Being bottom of the pile

It is nearly six years since I took voluntary redundancy from the council where I had worked for 15 years to become a freelance writer. And I can safely say that I have never regretted that decision. There are so many advantages to being freelance and working at home – with the main one being flexibility to be there for my kids. So I can drop my son off at school and pick him up and I can deal with getting my daughter to panto...

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Work at home or work in an office – what’s easier?!
Sep20

Work at home or work in an office – what’s easier?!

I’ve been working at home for myself for three and a half years and I have to say I love it. I love being able to take the kids (well, just one kid now) to school and pick them (him) up again. I love that I can go to sports days or assemblies if I need to. I love that I can sometimes even take a sneaky day off. By comparison, work in an office was pretty full-on. I had to be out of the house earlier, I worked all day, then I...

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Freelance life: Farewell, client!
May10

Freelance life: Farewell, client!

I’ve been working for myself for over two years now and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s VERY up and down. I have a fair few regular clients and ad-hoc clients that come and go – an article here, a press release there, a small invoice and I never hear from them again. The regular clients are regular in that they keep coming back, but not in the sense that they give me a regular amount of work. One month it...

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Winning at working at home in the school summer holidays
Aug04

Winning at working at home in the school summer holidays

When it comes to working for yourself, it just isn’t possible to take seven weeks off over the summer just because your kids are off school – either financially or from the point of view that you want your clients to come back. If you fail to deliver in July and August because your kids are off school, you can be sure they will find someone else to do their work when they need something doing in September or October. But...

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