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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‘When’s my rugby tour?’
Apr15

‘When’s my rugby tour?’

Next summer, just after his GCSEs, my younger son is going on a rugby tour with school. The rugby tour will be a brilliant, life-changing experience. He will play rugby, of course, but will also experience different cultures. He will be staying in both hotels and with local families. He will get to do some charity work and see some incredible wildlife. It’s the kind of experience he will remember for the rest of his life....

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My daughter, the new earrings and me
Oct18

My daughter, the new earrings and me

Regular readers will have got the impression that I don’t care much about what I look like. And you would be absolutely right. I don’t follow fashion, I don’t buy new clothes, I don’t have a ‘summer wardrobe’ and a ‘winter wardrobe’, I just wear Superdry jeans, T-shirts and hoodies all year round. I wear them until they have holes in them. Oh, and I wear Primark earrings. I have always...

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Occasional spending – it all adds up!
Sep13

Occasional spending – it all adds up!

For most families, keeping on top of the finances is an ongoing battle. You think everything is sorted for the month, then the car breaks down or you get a letter asking for payment for a school trip. This seems to be the story of our lives and it has got even worse with three kids at secondary school. The uniforms are more expensive, the trips are more expensive, the music lessons are more expensive and there’s an expensive...

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A question of pocket money
May31

A question of pocket money

Every now and then I read about people wondering when they should start giving their tweens pocket money. And in my opinion, if you’re asking when to give TWEENS pocket money, you’re already way too late. All of my kids had pocket money from the age of 4 – £2 a week. As a result, they are all very good with money. It is their money and they can choose to save it or they can choose to spend it. They know that if they...

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