A week off work
Apr12

A week off work

We should have been on holiday in Padstow last week. We booked it way back in August last year, when the world was getting back to normal and we couldn’t possibly imagine things would all go horribly wrong again. We just chose one of the weeks of the Easter holidays at random, without putting any thought into it. We chose the wrong one. If we’d have chosen this week, we would be in Padstow right now, without question....

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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 work ups and downs during Covid-19
Nov10

Freelance work ups and downs during Covid-19

I’ve been a freelance writer since 2014. I do mainly business journalism, plus writing copy for websites. I have three main clients and two intermittent ones, plus I might get one or two pieces of work a year from one-off clients. When Covid-19 hit, I had no idea what this would do to my work. I was very lucky. Two of my clients actually gave me more work and one gave me the same amount. This was especially lucky because...

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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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Farewell, contract…
Jun21

Farewell, contract…

Regular readers will have heard me talking about the contract I have to do with children’s books, just one of the jobs I work on as a freelance writer. I’d been doing it for three years, and had done a related job for nine months before that. I enjoyed the job. I love reading, and can read children’s books just as happily as I could read any other books. Being paid to read sounds like a pretty good job. Except I was...

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