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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Back to school, back to normal?
Sep24

Back to school, back to normal?

It’s already been three weeks since my kids went back to school. Although they were looking forward to a bit of normality after six months at home, going back to school hasn’t really been going back to normal. Initially they were very underwhelmed by their return. As my son said, ‘It’s school, but without the fun bits’. And school without the fun bits isn’t much fun at all. And it certainly...

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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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Working at home and the art of keeping warm
Mar27

Working at home and the art of keeping warm

I have worked at home on my own for four years now (I know – where did that time go?) and for the entire time I have struggled with keeping warm. I am cold for eight or nine months of the year. You may be surprised at just how cold a house can be in May or September. I wear a long sleeved T-shirt under a short sleeved one and try to keep it tucked in (I hate that cold bit of back!). I’ve tried wearing two hoodies or one...

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Getting the bathroom done
Mar20

Getting the bathroom done

Regular readers will know I have waited SO LONG to get my ensuite bathroom refurbished. We’re not just talking about replacing the suite here, everything needed doing.  My house was built in 1987 and the pink bathroom was original. We used the shower in our first few weeks here (while the upstairs bathroom was done) and haven’t used it since, because it was BOILING. The toilet hasn’t flushed for the past nine months...

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