December 4, 2020
Tom Chapman is a barber with a difference - he's founded The Lion's Barber Collective which supports men with their mental health. In this episode, he speaks openly about how he's worked to help other men open up about their emotional wellbeing, as well as his freelance journey through inspiration from self-employed parents to working in the hairdressing industry.
He talks about juggling all his commitments with being a dad, and reveals the key way he gets all his plans and ideas out of his head in the office (clue: it's not a spreadsheet or a notepad!).
Tom founded The Lions Barber Collective in 2015, becoming a charity late in 2017 after losing a friend to suicide in 2014. BarberTalk has been developed by Tom and former psychiatrist of the year and lead for suicide prevention in the SW, Dr Peter Aitken and trained well over 1500 hair pros globally in the last 18 months.
Their mission is to create non-clinical non-judgmental safe spaces where people feel comfortable to open up and talk about mental health, being able to signpost them to support and information. This is achieved through pop up barbershops in public spaces, public speaking, events and BarberTalk training.
Find out more and follow Tom at www.thelionsbarbercollective.com and @tomchapman_hair
November 27, 2020
Recorded during the UK's Lockdown#1, this episode I speak to Maddy Shine, who makes it her freelance business to help you get YOUR freelance business seen!
Maddy Shine is a coach who helps ambitious female entrepreneurs get more sales by increasing visibility.
Known as the SEO & Visibility Queen, she has helped hundreds of clients get to page one of Google, as she teaches no-fluff strategies that focus on business growth. In 2020 she launched the High Vis podcast, your biz bestie for visibility and has used lockdown to help thousands of entrepreneurs with her downloads, group courses and Visibiliyay members’ community.
She firmly believes that life is literally full of opportunity, and it’s up to us to find and get booked by those who want to work with us.
Specialising in the creative industries, Maddy has been featured on many industry stages, podcasts and events in the UK and around the world. Based in London, Maddy is easily spotted by her ever-changing hair and large and colourful earrings. Her love of naming inanimate objects (Gladys is her hair and Penelope is her drinks trolley) entertains people daily over on Instagram and Sandi Toksvig once called her a clever girl, a fact she cherishes daily.
You can follow her on Instagram here - @maddy.shine and check out more about her here - https://business-shine.co.uk/
November 20, 2020
Rachel Spencer is a freelance journalist writing for national newspapers and magazines in the UK, specialising in animals and the pet industry.
In 2020 she launched a membership programme for pet business owners teaching them ways they can win media coverage and stand out online.
Time to talk all things pet! And how to perform a freelance pivot...
Rachel is the founder of award winning The Paw Post pet blog (https://www.thepawpost.co.uk/
) and lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne with her rescue Patterdale Terrier Patch.
We talk about her journey to freelance, performing a freelance pivot, launching a podcast as lockdown1 began in the UK, and how having a dog gives her better balance when it comes to wellbeing.
Find her on social @rachelspenceruk
November 16, 2020
Welcome back to the podcast! It's Season 4 and we're kicking off with a fantastic episode, where I speak to Rob Law, founder of Trunki.
Rob speaks about his journey creating the product and brand, the rejection he experienced on Dragon's Den and how he also manages Cystic Fibrosis alongside his work and family life.
Rob's new book, 65 Roses and a Trunki: Defying the odds in life and business tells the extraordinary success story of entrepreneur Rob Law - designer and inventor of the Trunki, the award-winning children’s ride-on suitcase that’s sold millions of units worldwide. Born with cystic fibrosis (children often call the disease ‘65 Roses’), and told he could not expect to live into his twenties, he made a promise that he was going to defy the odds and live a long and successful life.
Find more about Trunki and Rob at www.roblaw.com and follow him on Instagram @trunkidaddy
September 17, 2020
For the final episode of season 3, I speak to 'freelance' vet (AKA locum vet) Nat Scroggie, all about her work before and during lockdown. She shares her challenges - including office politics and dealing with pet owners during lockdown - as well as how she manages to find a work/life balance.
Nat blogs at This Vet Runs (https://thisvetruns.com/) and also writes on mental health in the vet profession.
Find Nat at http://www.thisvet.co.uk/
August 21, 2020
This episode I talk to leadership coach Sue Belton. Sue swapped life in news broadcasting and documentary making for coaching. She talks about anxiety and depression, leading to voluntary redundancy and moving to the freelance life.
We talk about working through your relationship with money as a freelancer, and how a buffer buys you more than paying the bills. (She has advice on building a buffer, too!)
Talking about the work word of the moment – pivoting – as well as the dream of a portfolio career, we go into values, what they mean and how to try and define yours.
Sue’s book, change your life in 5, is out now - find out more and follow her via her website at www.suebelton.com
August 7, 2020
This episode I speak to Gavin Oattes, a motivational keynote speaker and author – he shares how he began his career as a primary school teacher, and now has four books to his name including his latest, ‘Life Will See You Now’.
We talk about loving freelance life and the wobbles that come, tempting us to get a so-called ‘normal’ job…. and how we as freelancers have a responsibility to take charge of our freelance happiness and goals – including how we set goals, and how that goal setting can affect what we do and how we feel in business.
There’s chat on the love/hate of social media and having competition as a freelancer, as well as dealing with anxiety.
Find Gavin at https://gavinoattes.com/
This episode was recorded in July 2020
July 24, 2020
This episode I speak to Hannah Read-Baldrey, co-founder of craft subscription service MakeBox+co.
Hannah speaks from the heart about her journey to setting up the company – a segue from freelance to company owner – a trigger warning here as we discuss baby loss.
Her co-founder is her husband, and we talk about running a business with your partner, crafting as a coping mechanism for loss and for wellbeing, as well as lots of tips for standing out as a business.
Hannah shares insight from her experience of running the business in lockdown, and how her children are the inspiration for her craft designs.
This was recorded in June 2020
Find Hannah at www.makebox.co/ and www.instagram.com/makebox.co/
July 20, 2020
Welcome to Freelance Feels, the podcast for humans who work for themselves.
This episode I speak to James Withey, founder of mental health project The Recovery Letters, and author of new book How to Tell Depression to Piss off.
He shares how he moved from working in addiction as a counsellor to writing, and how being a freelancer has actually helped with balancing mental health challenges.
James has amazing advice from personal experience in mental health services and his own journey for those of us who struggle with the highs and lows of freelance life, and he also talks about self-praise, celebrating the ‘little wins’ and why he likes to wear unusual socks.
This was recorded in June 2020
July 10, 2020
This episode I speak to luxury wedding planner Sarah Haywood, who also has her own TV show, The Wedding Fixer.
Sarah talks about the impact on the business since the pandemic – going from her best year ever to knowing she’ll trade at a loss.
Employing lots of freelancers is part of Sarah’s working world, and we talk about the wedding industry during and after the lockdown, managing client expectations and increased anxiety during the pandemic, as well as exploring the pros and cons of pivoting, and being careful not to move too far from your own core services and diversifying for the wrong reasons. Oh, and the reality of working on self care when you’re a busy freelancer!
This was recorded on the first of July 2020
Find Sarah at https://www.sarahhaywood.com/