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Best a stack of amazing freelancer stories podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best a stack of amazing freelancer stories podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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Being Freelance
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The podcast for creative freelancers who want a better business and a better life. Pick up tips, advice and thoughts on how to make it being freelance by hearing others share their stories. Hosted by Steve Folland. Bring your ears. And cake.www.beingfreelance.com
 
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Stanley’s first break came when he was doodling on a bit of paper in the fish and chip shop he worked in. The customer he was serving was an art buyer, and he set Stanley up with an interview that landed him an agent. Later, back in the days of MySpace, when Stanley first began building a profile online, he got a 3am phone call from The White S ...…
 
Ready for a career change in her mid-30s, Nik landed an internship with a local design company. She took a risk and went freelance soon after, with only 1 client on her books and no cash to back her up. It worked for a while, and then Nik ended up back in employment with a boss she didn’t respect. It didn’t take long for her to return to the fr ...…
 
When a 20-year-old Ira flew to the UK in search of his biological father, he had no idea a new life awaited him. Ira met his partner on that trip, and after 4 years long distance, he moved to London to be with him. Ira had freelanced in the Philippines before his move, and he now runs freelance photography agency Ventana. He chats to Steve abou ...…
 
Hayley felt trapped working in-house on projects that didn’t inspire her, and although she moved from a sports broadcasting company to work with Google’s internal production team, she didn’t quite find the spark she was looking for. Since going freelance, Hayley’s found a way to attract the kind of projects that matter to her, and she’s produce ...…
 
Over the last 15 years, Rachel’s gone from unhappy administrator to IPSE’s Freelancer of the Year. Rachel teaches 1 on 1, she mentors choirs, she’s performed around the world and appeared as a judge on a SKY 1 TV show, and she runs workshops in schools and communities. And that’s not even everything. By taking her talent and finding plenty of d ...…
 
Ready for a change, Seattle-based Evan and his wife bought one-way tickets to Argentina, and Evan went freelance full-time. That’s a sizeable change. Especially with 4 daughters under 10 in tow. Evan had never been to Argentina, but he did have some experience being freelance. He’d done it on the side of permanent jobs for years, always with th ...…
 
“I’m working way too hard for way too little money. How do I fix this?” That’s the question that triggered a series of business model shifts in just a few years. From charging hourly and then daily, to focusing on retainers for a while, Hillary tested what worked and kept refining it as she went. She now takes on high-ticket project work, and i ...…
 
David developed an array of skills studying multimedia at university in Ireland, and he’d freelanced on the side of full-time gigs for years, as well as going solo for a while before one of his clients took him on as an employee. He didn’t stay long though. By then, David had caught the travel bug. From Ireland to Central America and everywhere ...…
 
After working as a creative in an ad agency, where he developed concepts for big brands and worked across a range of media, Robbie was ready for something new. His work was fun and exciting, but it left him with no time for his own projects. And, while he admired those ahead of him in the industry, Robbie didn’t want to be them. He knew agency ...…
 
Sian started freelancing on the side 12 years ago, with one gig leading to another. When a job came along that was enough to cover rent, she left the security of employment without giving it much thought. 6 months later, Sian’s client folded and she was out of work. She bounced back and found her niche, built relationships with clients, and gre ...…
 
He’s now based in Amsterdam, but South African born Devon’s freelance story kicked off in New Zealand, where he worked as a motion designer and videographer for a church. After one of the congregation offered him his first freelance gig, Devon was hooked. “It’s like that first taste of bacon…” he says, “I got the bug.” Devon freelanced on the s ...…
 
We've had some amazing Live Q&As in the Being Freelance Community this year. So as a bonus here's just some of the amazing answers Paul Jarvis and Kate Toon gave to questions poised by freelancers in the group. These are just SOME of their answers, but you can catch the whole replay of each in video, in the group. Here we cover topics such as- ...…
 
When a two-year stint in Hong Kong inspired Mel to pursue illustration, she put her fine art degree to good use and began teaching art workshops to top up her income. Mel soon bought a Mac and taught herself how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, setting up a website and building a portfolio over time. Mel’s earned money in a variety of wa ...…
 
Working in a job he didn’t like with a bully for a manager, Leif was desperate for a way out. But, nearing 30 and expecting his first child, he didn’t have many options. After discovering copywriting and feeling drawn to it, Leif began freelancing on the side; going to networking events, building up his portfolio with “friend of a friend" gigs, ...…
 
“Be the best boss you ever had,” says Stefano, and he’s trying to live up to that himself. From not letting an employer’s limits hold him back, to re-imagining work-life balance on his own terms, to developing a portfolio that’s not just about winning work, but about showing his journey too; Stefano tries to make his professional development an ...…
 
After moving from her small island town to the big city of Brisbane, Australia, Emily set her sights on a job as a copywriter. She interviewed for positions but the market was tough, so she took on some nannying work to tide her over. As luck would have it, the dad from the family Emily worked for was a web designer, and he just so happened to ...…
 
After leaving high school in LA, where he was born and raised, Storm toured as a professional musician for five years before transitioning to photography. When a friend passed on a lucrative job shooting for Nike, Storm knew right away that this what he’d keep doing. He soon found that the best gigs aren’t usually so easy to come by, and when a ...…
 
This week, we’re LIVE in London at IPSE’s annual event, National Freelancers Day. Steve chats to past IPSE award winners, Iona Bain (Freelancer of the Year 2018), and Harvey Morton (Young Freelancer of the Year 2018). Taking part in a school enterprise competition aged only 13, Harvey was given £25 to start his own company. He launched the IT S ...…
 
After graduating in 2008 during the Great Recession, Tatiana found herself looking for a next step that would make sense financially. Calling on the design skills she’d picked up as a kid, she started out freelance, sending personalised “Do you need a designer?” emails to everyone she knew. Tatiana’s come a long way since then, finding her focu ...…
 
Cathy only needed 3 days work when she first started out as a freelance social media manager, and she was lucky enough to fill those slots without too much effort. When she lost a client later down the line and found herself exploring lead generation strategies, Cathy retrained as a Facebook Advertising specialist, re-positioning herself and he ...…
 
“We don’t become freelancers to sell,” Nick says, “we become freelancers to do.” Nick tried the entrepreneurial route of scaling and managing people, but he soon realised it wasn’t for him. And yet, despite his reluctance to build an agency, Nick’s still going after those big money clients where budget is no issue. Find out how he positions him ...…
 
Paige got her start on Upwork after moving to Finland for love. Struggling to find work in a country where she didn’t speak the language, Paige jumped into freelance life without much of a plan. She’s levelled up several times since then, using a mix of courses, mastermind groups, and authority building content to establish herself as a trusted ...…
 
How do you find clients when you hate sales? Steve’s built his business through networking and word of mouth, and despite being an SEO consultant with the skills to drive traffic to a website, he prefers to work with people he’s connected to. Steve chats about managing his workload alongside a chronic illness and two kids under 5, and shares so ...…
 
Finding the right price for your services can be a tough one to crack. We’ve heard about all sorts of pricing models on the podcast before, but Steph’s the first to tell us she charges on a sliding scale. Steph tells her clients: "This is the least amount of money that I can make this project on, and this is the most amount of money that I woul ...…
 
If you discount the 3 consecutive Saturdays he spent at Waitrose, Tom’s a thoroughbred entrepreneur. He started out knocking on the doors of local businesses at 16 years old, and then went from freelance to founder when he launched Design Cuts - a global marketplace of resources for designers. Tom loves his company, but he’s learnt some hard le ...…
 
Here's a bonus episode of the podcast, recorded live with IPSE at a WeWork in Manchester, UK, on 6th March 2019. It features previous guests Kelly Gilmour-Grassam (2016 guest) and Ian Paget (2015). How have they grown their businesses in the years since we last spoke? When we last left her Kelly was hiring her first employee. What happened next ...…
 
Lucas says that setting up on his own was like discovering himself again. Learning to know himself, what his goals are, and how he wants to live his life. Right now that means trying to stay balanced in the Brazilian countryside, managing the graphic design work he does for clients alongside building his illustration portfolio. And as for the p ...…
 
Watching her partner Mark go freelance with great success, Lyndsey decided to join him. “If he can do it, why not me?", she asked herself. Now the founder of a small collective, Nine Dots Creative, Lyndsey’s on the hunt for some big juicy clients. We chat about the “Spark Up” business course Lyndsey took and how it lead her to launch Nine Dots, ...…
 
After leaving college and landing in a job that wasn’t right for him, Jared realised that he didn’t want to spend his whole life working at something he wasn’t passionate about. He launched a blog, began learning Squarespace, and the rest, as they say, is history. He now runs two Squarespace design companies - Brevity and the cleverly-named Web ...…
 
Jae never imagined she’d pursue a freelance career - or even a creative one, for that matter. After graduating and then missing out on a job she’d set her heart on, Jae began exploring her creative interests and started work on a couple of personal projects. Before long, she’d developed an eye-catching and memorable brand - The INKtrovert, and ...…
 
He started out where many drummers did in his day; responding to magazine adverts for unpaid work with bands. Over the years, Kari’s built a successful career for himself as a freelance musician, finding plenty of ways to diversify his income. He’s learnt so much that he now teaches others how to turn their passion into a profession. So how did ...…
 
When she found herself knocking back freelance opportunities every week, Cath left her full-time job behind to start a business. Her only regret? Not having done it sooner. Cath’s been lucky in that she’s not had to search for work. Through SEO, website strategy, and word of mouth, she’s moved from one job to the next and worked with an array o ...…
 
It could be argued that Jan’s doing things differently. He’s not on social media, he’s had long stretches of time out of work, he’s committed to maintaining his work-life balance, and he invests a lot of time into personal development. It all started with an unpaid work placement when he was almost bankrupt. Now, Jan’s built the kind of flexibl ...…
 
When Stephanie's employers were refusing projects she'd have loved to take on, she set up her own business on the side and began teaching people about the importance of the work she was doing. Seeing how popular the idea was, Stephanie's employers soon asked her to shut down her business and bring the work in-house. Stephanie said no. She's sin ...…
 
After leaving agency life behind in search of autonomy, Alex built up his freelance web design career around a full-time working from home gig. His goal was to run his own agency, but he was stuck working on client-led projects that he didn't really believe in. Alex knew he could do a better job for his clients if only they'd let him take the d ...…
 
After walking away from a diverse career to have a family and live abroad, art graduate Xanthe was reluctant to return. Her children had started school and she was ready to work again, but office life was no longer appealing. She had this passion for taking pictures of her children and documenting her life, and after discovering Flickr and conn ...…
 
Dave’s always been freelance. First as a musician while he was studying, and more recently as a web designer working mostly with independent business owners. After starting out designing websites for musician friends, he built a solid reputation for himself on Upwork, gaining clients in the UK and overseas. When he began networking with other f ...…
 
After leaving agency life behind to go freelance, UX designer Mariana found herself yearning for more. Despite still working from home, she now runs her own small agency, Fruto. Missing the benefits of working closely with other people, Mariana wanted to create the perfect environment for great work. A team where the responsibilities are shared ...…
 
After falling into freelance life accidentally in the late nineties, Paul Jarvis has helped to shape the way many freelancers work. He started out designing websites for professional athletes, working from his parent’s basement on a self-built computer. And now, 20 years later, Paul is a writer and published author who helps entrepreneurs build ...…
 
From spinning tunes in a gold sequined dress as DJ Super Kat, to organising a national conference for people in the blog and creative industries, Kat Molesworth has a lot going on. She’s a mother of three and a freelance photographer and blogger. She speaks at events, consults with brands, and runs a YouTube channel and podcast. She’s also the ...…
 
Digital nomad Kelly landed her first freelance writing gig while she was on a working holiday in New Zealand. Broke and struggling to find work locally, Kelly was introduced to the online world of content mills and freelance market places. After falling in love with a zombie-clad Brit she’d met in a haunted prison (true story!), Canadian-born K ...…
 
After studying Graphic Arts at uni and leaning towards the more experimental forms of art, Martha found herself working in an in-house graphic design role that left little room for creativity. Now two years into her freelance career and living between England and Spain, Martha has built herself a flexible business where she has plenty of variet ...…
 
35 side-hustles into a freelance career, with a book, a podcast, and a growing reputation as a keynote speaker, Jay has many strings to his bow. Watch him give a speech or hear him talk and you’d be forgiven for assuming he has it all figured out. Jay oozes confidence, but he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s making it all up as he goes alo ...…
 
Despite working full-time and freelancing on the side, Caitlin’s made a big impact. From being a finalist in IPSE’s Freelancer of the Year Awards in 2015, to designing her own range of clothing to combat the stigma around mental health issues, Caitlin’s side hustle is impressive. Caitlin’s a self-taught designer who tasted her first slice of th ...…
 
Chris O’Shea first started freelancing straight out of college. After teaching himself web development with a library book, Chris had a phone line installed in his childhood bedroom in the family home. From there, 18-year-old Chris ran his own web design company in what was his first stab at self-employment. Sadly, (or luckily, depending on how ...…
 
Web developer Jason Resnick had a big life goal. When he started a family, he wanted to be home to see his kid’s first steps and hear their first words. To him (and to most of us, I’d imagine) that’s what’s important. Jason wanted to be able to shape everything else around that. Rewind a few years to the late nineties and you’d find him ditchin ...…
 
How is it episode 150?! But it is. Thanks so much for listening and sharing! Kirsten set herself a goal. To create a better work/travel balance. To see more of the world without giving up her job. And that's where we find her, on the road - more than happy to NOT set a new goal, but instead enjoy living this one. We chat about collaboration, re ...…
 
Let's be bolder. Let's push ourselves forward. It's certainly working for Jon Enoch. Bold enough to make and seize opportunities. From entering competitions, awards, knocking on doors, filling in for people and then maximising the opportunity, pushing forward to be known for the work you want to do. Jon chats about becoming more productive in c ...…
 
Sarah and her husband always wanted to retire and go cruising around the seas and oceans. They'd work hard in the construction industry, save their money and one day set sail. Then when the financial crisis hit 10 years ago things changed. Forced to sell everything and start living on a boat they realised maybe they didn't have to wait until th ...…
 
Leaving a successful high-level radio job behind, Vicki went freelance when she became a mum. But you won’t hear say “Hi, I’m a freelance photographer”. Instead it’s, “I run a photography business”. From the outset Vicki’s always put business before art. When burn out threatened she hired other photographers to work with her. She’s diversified ...…
 
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