I don’t get out much. If I’ve not got meetings and I’m not doing a shift somewhere it makes much more sense for me to work from home: the coffee is free, the dress code is relaxed and the commute is non-existent. Occasionally, however, I am forced out into society. It’s usually pretty stressful. I […]

With six inches or so of snow on the ground a couple of weeks ago, there was an intruder in the midst. The husband had to work from home for a day. For one day it was sort of ok but couples who do this on a full-time basis are to be applauded. He’s an […]

Has this just been the longest January ever? It feels like months since Christmas. Mind you, it’s probably a good thing that the longer month has given me time to redeem myself, because I started the year with approximately zero motivation for work. ‘I couldn’t be a freelancer, I would just never get any work […]

Invoicing and admin is one of my least favourite parts of being self-employed. I keep a spreadsheet of all my work with details of who the article was for, what it was about and the date it’s due. I then note the date I sent the invoice for it and when it was paid. I’m […]

Obviously my first new year’s resolution is to blog more frequently. It’s been a shamefully long time since my last post and I’m gutted to have missed the opportunity to write up my freelancer ‘top ten ways to not turn the heating on’ ideas and a ‘freelancer’s guide to Christmas cocktails’. To be fair, I’m […]

The conversation code of conduct seems to not particularly apply to those people talking to a freelancer. Questions which in everyday life might be considered at best a little uncouth and at worst plain creepy are suddenly perfectly acceptable. We all have those phrases we say to fill the silence, crack the ice and get […]

It’s my freelancer half-iversary today – send (gluten free) cake! For those among you who are interested, that also means we’re halfway through the tax year. It’s also boxer Ricky Hatton’s birthday (seriously, only name I recognised on Google’s list of “famous people’s” birthdays), the 30th anniversary of Fiji becoming a republic, and just 80 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]