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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The doorbell
Jun21

The doorbell

In the two and a bit years that I’ve been working at home I’ve realised the doorbell rings an awful lot in the daytime. Sometimes, they use the knocker too. Just in case I’m deaf. Well, I soon will be if they bang the flipping knocker as hard as that. All those important people I would have missed if I was sat in an office working. Except I wouldn’t have missed them. Because they’re not important....

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Afraid (Work at home mum)
Jan25

Afraid (Work at home mum)

Last Monday morning, I woke up to a strange feeling. I had no work. To the freelance, work at home mum, this is not a nice feeling. It’s a scary one. I had woken up to the same feeling the previous Thursday and Friday, but that didn’t feel so bad. No work on Thursday and Friday is kind of OK (although far from ideal). No work on Monday is wrong. Monday is when I like to make a positive start on the week and get lots done....

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Inexplicably sad
Oct15

Inexplicably sad

Ever since I gave up ‘proper’ work to work for myself at home, I’ve been happy. Happy to be on my own. Happy with my own company, my own space, my own peace and quiet. And happy with the variety and buzz of my work. But over the past couple of weeks, something has changed. At times I feel bored and lonely and inexplicably sad. Since the summer, I haven’t had as much work as I’d like. I’m working at...

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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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