March 8, 2021
Season 5 begins with a chat all about managing your alone time when you're self employed with Francesca Specter, founder of the 'Alonement' movement with blog, podcast and online community.
As always there are lots of practical tips in the episode, and Francesca talks about how she created the concept of Alonement, even trademarking it.
Francesca Specter is a London-based journalist and founder of the platform and podcast, Alonement. Prior to launching Alonement in 2019, Francesca was the deputy editor of Yahoo! Lifestyle. She has formerly worked as a reporter at the Daily Express, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Telegraph and Grazia. She holds an M.A. degree in Magazine Journalism from City University, London, and she has been nominated for several awards for her work, including the PPA Digital Rising Star award. Alonement is Francesca’s first book.
Find the book, pod and social links at https://www.alonement.com/
January 22, 2021
It's the first two-interviewee episode! I speak to sisters and business partners Alice and Madeleine Weightman, who founded online freelance platform for marketers, The Work Crowd in 2016.
They talk about working together as siblings, the family 'exercise' what's App group chat, and have loads of advice for anyone starting out in the freelance world as well as how they make time for self-care as business women.
Find the work crowd at www.theworkcrowd.com
January 15, 2021
It’s another bonus episode! For #Veganuary I spoke to Lucy Watson (yes, THE Lucy Watson!) all about her vegan lifestyle and being a businesswoman in the spotlight.
Lucy – who you may well know from Made in Chelsea – runs several businesses, including a Vegan food company, Feed Me Vegan, and has a new book, Awakenings: A guide to living a vegan lifestyle. She explains how she came to be self-employed, why she loves it, and how a vegan lifestyle helps her mental health.
Is it harder to be an entrepreneur when the world - and media – are analysing your every move? Is it easier to be self-employed when you’re well known?
She talks about the parallels between the vegan lifestyle journey and freelance journey and how things often change and we need to adapt to the changes self-employed life brings.
Lucy started her vegan journey in 2015, having been pescatarian from the age of six. She is a PETA ambassador and animal rights campaigner. Lucy, who formerly featured in the BAFTA winning series, Made in Chelsea, is committed to animal activism. She encompasses this with everything she does including her two bestselling vegan cookbooks, Feed Me Vegan and Feed Me Vegan for All Occasions, as well as her vegan food range Feed Me Vegan.
Lucy also runs an ethical & sustainable jewellery range, Creature Jewellery, founded in 2014.
January 11, 2021
Sound baths, gongs and meditation - we're diving into a rather alternative freelance life this episode as I speak to Leo Cosendai, a meditation master and sound bath expert who runs Third Ear.
Leo has held over 2330 sound baths, and the app is a self funded, creative family affair led by Leo Cosendai (Sound Gong Bath) and his sister Julie Cosendai (Designer), with friends Charles Vila and Julien Rosamund.
Leo came to sound meditation after suffering with acute anxiety since childhood. Sound meditation helped heal his anxiety and panic attacks, he now helps thousands of people transform their own mental health via sound meditation.
He shares his daily routine, advice for dealing with self-judgement and how and why sound baths can help you in your daily freelance life.
January 1, 2021
It's a bonus episode! I speak to Millie Gooch, who founded The Sober Girl Society and now has a book out on Jan 14th 2020, The Sober Girl Society Handbook.
We discuss her journey to sobriety, how it affected and affects freelance life, and she shares lots of tips for those looking into mindful drinking and Dry January.
Blending memoir with practical survival tips, this empowering self-help book is The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober for the Gen Z and Millennial generations. Millie uses her own story to offer a supportive, arm-
round-the-shoulders approach to show readers that sobriety can be fun and fulfilling.
Millie Gooch is the founder of The Sober Girls Society, a hugely popular Instagram community (currently 100k followers and growing) and one of the leading voices pioneering the sobriety movement here in the UK. High-profile followers include Sam Smith, Bryony Gordon, Zoe Ball and Jameela Jamil's iWeigh. As a journalist, she has written for a
range of publications, and her campaigning work has been featured everywhere from ELLE and Stylist to the BBC and Evening Standard.
Find out more @sobergirlsociety "An empowering space for sober & sober curious women to make friends & celebrate being hangover-free" and www.sobergirlsociety.com
December 14, 2020
Rebecca Seal is a journalist and broadcaster - you might recognise her name from Channel 4's 'Sunday Brunch'. She's also written a brilliant new book called 'SOLO', all about working alone. She shares advice on how she manages the work from home juggle - including having a partner who also works from home - as well as why pot plants are the best thing you can get for your home office!
Find the book in all good bookshops and via her site (where you can also find out more about her work) https://www.rebeccaseal.co.uk/
December 9, 2020
Gemma Bray created The Organised Mum Method (TOMM) 13 years ago when her first baby was born. Overwhelmed as a new mother her anxiety manifested itself as over-cleaning and she soon found herself cleaning for hours each day. Determined to stop cleaning from taking over her life she sat at her kitchen table and developed a method that took only 30 mins each day, she freed herself from the never-ending to-do list in her head and created a method that gave her cleaning free weekends. You can find Gemma on Instagram (@the_organised_mum); Facebook (@theorganisedmumUK; and YouTube (The Organised Mum).
In this episode, Gemma delves into how that can help us as freelancers, as well as her own solutions for daily juggling of working life, parenting life and, well, a pandemic.
From fish and chip shops to influencer life, she opens up about freelance highs and lows, and how the washing machine can help you with your self-employed life.
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