Freelance Feels: Conversations about self-employed life
Gardening, freelancing and mental health with Ellen Mary Gardening

Gardening, freelancing and mental health with Ellen Mary Gardening

August 26, 2022

Gardening and freelancing is an analogy I've loved for a long time, and we (ahem) dig deep into it in this episiode!

Ellen Mary is a gardener, author, broadcaster, co-host of the plant based podcast and radio show host, promoting the wellbeing benefits of gardening, plants and the natural world. She writes a regular column in Grow Your Own Magazine and her first book The Joy of Gardening; the every day zen of mowing the lawn, was released in May 2021. Her second book How to Grow a Garden was release in July 2022. She also has  horticulture training, many years of gardening experience, social and therapeutic horticulture, cognitive behavior therapy and wellness coaching.

Find her at

#gardening #wellbeing #wellbeingcoach #gardeningexpert #freelancing #freelancelife #mentalhealth #freelancewellbeing #gardenlife #gardenersworld #gardenfreelancers #freelancegardener #freelancegardening 

Podcasting and copywriting with Louise Shanahan: 15minutefreelancer

Podcasting and copywriting with Louise Shanahan: 15minutefreelancer

August 1, 2022

Louise Shanahan is a freelance health copywriter who specialises in white papers, web copy, and long-form content, to help medical and biotech organisations spread the word about their latest breakthroughs.

She’s also the host of 15 Minute Freelancer, a podcast and newsletter for ambitious B2B and creative freelancers who want to build a business that works for them (and not the other way round!).

We talk about how and why she set up her podcast, dream guests, the realities of podcasting (including scheduling, getting started and choosing your topic/niche), and advice for people who are freelance and not feeling the 'happy feels'.

Find Louise at

The podcast is at 


#fifteenminutefreelancer #15minutefreelancer #copywriting #freelancing #freelancecommunity #freelancepodcast #freelancelife #copywritingadvice #copywritingpodcast #selfmeployedpodcast #seflemployedadvice #podcastforfreelancers #freelancefeels 

Festival Season special with Catherine Riley and Primadonna

Festival Season special with Catherine Riley and Primadonna

July 18, 2022

Catherine Riley lives in London and is a writer and director of the literary festival Primadonna. Described as ‘books, with a little bit of rock ’n’ roll’, Primadonna showcases established and emerging voices that aren’t heard enough in the mainstream. They have previously published two works of non-fiction. IS THIS LOVE? is her first novel.

Primadonna Festival runs from July 29th - get your tickets at and follow them @primadonnafest 

Find Catherine at 

The Primadonnas are Sabeena Akhtar, Joanna Baker, Amie Corry, Jane Dyball, Catherine Mayer, Kit de Waal, Shona Abhyankar, Jude Kelly, Lisa Milton, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Sonia Purnell, Monisha Rajesh, Catherine Riley, Athena Stevens, Cathryn Summerhayes, Sandi Toksvig and Sioned Wiliam. These 17 women got together at the start of 2019 with the aim of establishing a weekend of writing and ideas that gave prominence to work by women and spotlighted authors from the margins. 

The first Primadonna festival was held in the summer of 2019, and featured names including Bernardine Evaristo, Elif Shafak, Luke Jennings, Diana Evans, Katy Brand, Sinead Gleeson, Louise Doughty and Konnie Huq.

The Primadonna Podcast (The World as it Should Be) is available on Spotify, Acast, Apple and all good streaming platforms.


#festivalseason #festivals #primadonnafestival #primadonna #feminism #festivallife #festivalorganisers #festivalinsight #writer #editor #fictionwriter #ukfestivals 

Community and networking with Freelance Mum Faye Dicker

Community and networking with Freelance Mum Faye Dicker

July 15, 2022

Get ready for some inspiring chat and a big dose of positive energy in this episode with Faye Dicker, AKA Freelance Mum.

Faye is a Broadcaster, Voiceover and founder of the award-winning network
Freelance Mum.

Faye set up Freelance Mum in 2013, when she struggled to find a
network for fellow mums in business. If it didn’t exist then she’d just
have to create one!

Freelance Mum was established and successfully run in Bristol for 7
years, before pivoting during lockdown to launch hubs across the

Faye has been named Top 100 Most Influential Women in The
West for two consecutive years, awarded Freelance Ambassador of the
Year Award and Covid-19 Success Story, for her work with Freelance

When she’s not busy running her businesses (or on the school run!) Faye
can often be found swimming in her local lido and Clevedon Marine Lake.


Find Faye at 

Follow on instagram: @freelancemum01


#freelancemum #freelancemumcommunity #networking #netwalks #freelancemumlife #freelancemom #freelancemoms #freelanceparents #freelancemummy #freelanceisolation #freelancefamily 

Building a new business with Harlow

Building a new business with Harlow

July 1, 2022

Andrea Wildt and Samantha Anderl are the co-founders of Harlow, an all-in-one freelance tool and community to help solopreneurs manage their business and reduce stress. As former marketing execs and freelancers themselves, they built Harlow because they value balance and autonomy and want to help others find it.

Remote working became the norm during the pandemic - but founders of Harlow, Samantha and Andrea, take that to a whole new level as they explain how they began - and run - a business from two different US states!

In this episode the business partners explain what led them to found Harlow, what it offers freelancers, their best working practices and how they fit self-care into their working days.

Find, follow and join Harlow...


Twitter: @MeetHarlow

Instagram: @meetharlow


#harlow #meetharlow #newbusiness #freelance #freelancing 

Freelance journalism and podcasting with Lily and Emma from Freelancing For Journalists

Freelance journalism and podcasting with Lily and Emma from Freelancing For Journalists

June 13, 2022

Freelancing For Journalists was founded by Emma Wilkinson and Lily Canter, and is now an online community, with workshops, webinars and more, as well as an award-winning podcast!

If you're starting out on your writing career, their advice is invaluable.

We talk about the 'pitching feels' as well as how they navigate their own 'freelance' with running FFJ - and actual running. All the links to their platform are below!


Listen to the FFJ award-winning podcast here

Subscribe to their free newsletter 
Check out their Quick Guides
Sign up to their online course or catch one of their webinars
Join the Freelancing For Journalists Facebook community
Follow on Instagram
#freelancingforjournalists #freelancejournalists #freelancejournalism #journalism 
Freelance Feels with Lucinda Gordon-Lennox

Freelance Feels with Lucinda Gordon-Lennox

June 6, 2022

TW: Trauma, addiction

For episode two of season 7 we dive into trauma therapy with Lucinda Gordon-Lennox.

Lucinda Gordon-Lennox, MSc, MBACP, is an accredited psychotherapist, writer and lecturer. She is a Consultant at The Recovery Centre, Belgravia and has a private practice.

She also lectures on trauma at the IESE Business School in Barcelona, helping students to recognise when and why they are triggered, and how to step back into their adult selves so that they can thrive. She lives in London with her two children.



Freelance Feels with Sian Meades-Williams ”The Pyjama Myth”

Freelance Feels with Sian Meades-Williams ”The Pyjama Myth”

May 27, 2022

Welcome back to the Freelance Feels podcast! Season 7 kicks off with Sian Meades-Williams, author of The Pyjama Myth and founder of the hugely popular Freelance Writing Jobs newsletter.

We chat about mental health, why Sian doesn't like the phrase 'side-hustle' and freelance interiors (watch out for the cuckoo clock!)

Sian Meades-Williams is an award-winning freelance writer and editor, with over 15 years' experience in writing emails and chasing invoices. She's creator of the media industry newsletter Freelance Writing Jobs, and co-editor of the lifestyle newsletter Tigers Are Better Looking. Her book, The Pyjama Myth: the Freelance Writer's Survival Guide, is out now.
Being PA to Santa and Head Elf with Louise Crockett at A Magical Letter

Being PA to Santa and Head Elf with Louise Crockett at A Magical Letter

December 10, 2021
** Christmas spoilers! Don't listen with children! **
Time to talk letters to Santa...
Louise is Head Elf at A Magical Letter and PA to Father Christmas. She helps the big man to write uniquely personalised, truly magical letters to children. Moonlighting as a VA for the rest of the year, she is also a Virtual Assistant at The Perfect Assistant.
Louise loves nothing more than making people happy, whether that's making children's eyes light up that the big man took the time to write to them and knows so much about them or helping small business owners get the jobs that they hate crossed off their never ending list.
Louise lives in Winchester with her husband, two children and cat Leela. She is addicted to cake, staring at her phone unsociably and listening to podcasts.
Last day for letter orders is Monday December 13th!
Freelancing, parenting and Christmas with Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland from Doing it For the Kids

Freelancing, parenting and Christmas with Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland from Doing it For the Kids

December 6, 2021

** Festive warning: Christmas-themed spoilers! Probably best not to listen in front of the children **

It's the first of this year's Christmas Specials!

Being a parent and self-employed is hard enough, but when you add in the festive period, Christmas holidays and clients who can feel a bit like having an extra child (or two) then it can be stressful.

So I called on Steve Folland and Frankie Tortora, who run the award-winning Doing it For the Kids podcast, to chat about all of the above as well as much more. Jam-packed with honest advice, giggles and info on the Being Freelance Christmas Quiz, it's the perfect way to start your December!

About Steve and Frankie:

Frankie is a freelance graphic designer, mum of two and founder of Doing It For The Kids — a community by and for freelance parents. Through the DIFTK Facebook community, blog, face-to-face meetups and podcast, Frankie is proving that all sorts of good stuff can occur when self-employed parents are given the opportunity to connect.

Steve is a freelance video/podcast producer, running his business whilst also looking after his two kids. His other babies are the long running Being Freelance podcast where Steve chats to freelancers from around the world about their story. And co-hosting the award-winning Doing It For The Kids podcast - a fun Q&A for those parents freelancing 'with kids in the mix'.

Steve spends a lot of time hanging out in his Being Freelance Community where he brings together self-employed creatives for support, fun and biscuits. He’s also brought together his own experience and that of 250+ guests to help new freelancers with the course “How to get started being freelance”.

** Photo of Steve and Frankie by Sian Parker @sianshoots



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