Author Archives: hollyblack1

When freelancers get sick

I very rarely get sick. Maybe once or twice a year I’m hit by a hammer blow and confined to bed for three days. Why is it that this never happens on that week you have no plans? It’s always when the diary is full of exciting things you’ve been looking forward to. Or, if […]

So sue me. (Please don’t).

A freelancer recently told me he had been advised by a lawyer to take out public liability insurance. If you went to a meeting and someone tripped over your bag, the lawyer warned, someone could sue you. Public liability insurance, for the uninitiated, protects you if a client or member of the public is injured […]

Something to cross off the ‘cons’ list

I did a freelancer good deed the other day. I was offered some work that there was no way I had the time to do justice to, so I passed it on to another freelancer. If you had told me four months ago I would ever be the position to do that I would have […]

Can a freelancer take a holiday?

I just got back from a week away. It was lovely, thanks for asking. But the week before I went away was not so lovely. I was pretty nervous about taking my first holiday as a freelancer. I’m hoping to achieve a better work/life balance with this move and yet the idea of leaving the […]

How to create the perfect office

I’ve been touring various offices over the past couple of months, doing day shifts while people are on holiday or short-staffed. I’ve been to trendy offices and dirty offices; quiet offices and offices that are freezing cold; offices with work perks and offices with work jerks. And, for any budding businesses out there considering a […]

The dangers of being at home

The idea of being at home more often is wonderful. All that extra time to sit in the garden, keep on top of the chores, and keep the fridge well-stocked. But when you spend more time somewhere, you can’t help but notice some of its faults. One of the fence panels at the end of […]

Another myth about freelancing

Freelancers have been sold a dream. A dream of sitting in coffee shops, gazing forlornly out of the window and writing insightful diary pieces for £50 a word. Yes, clearly I’ve watched too much Sex and the City. Naturally, my first experience of coffee shop freelancing was nothing quite so idyllic. It was a sunny […]

The spending algorithm

This weekend, for the first time since I went freelance, I bought myself something. Nothing fancy – a new bike, which I’ve been talking about getting for two years. On my current hand-me-down bike the only gear left working is five, and it’s really not the best when you’re going up a steep hill. So […]

10 things to know about freelancing

Something I noticed when I started telling people I was going freelance was just how amazing everyone said it would be. ‘The best you’ll ever do,’ they promised. ‘I’m so jealous – I loved being freelance,’ they admitted. ‘You’ll be rolling in money,’ they swore. I couldn’t help wondering, if freelance was so utterly fantastic […]


I’ve never worked for an online-only publication. I love the fast-moving pace of the online world and the sheers numbers it reaches genuinely blows my mind, but I’ve always felt incredibly lucky to also be able to enjoy the thrill of seeing my byline in print. Not least because it means my grandparents can see […]