Category Archives: Freelancing / Business

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First month in Brighton

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Moving to the most creative city in the UK ... Here goes! Read more [...]

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Relocating as a freelancer

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Five things to to consider if you're relocating whilst working as a freelancer. Read more [...]

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This week: waiting waiting waiting

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4 Apr 2016 update. It's all about waiting this week. Waiting for new projects and most importantly, a move date. Read more [...]

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Freelancers: pricing structure options

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One of the hardest things to get right as a freelancer, is pricing. I have a range of pricing structures depending on the project and client. Read more [...]

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5 Big Things of 2015

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A quick look back at some of my highlights from 2015 Read more [...]

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Thank you to …

I know as Brits we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but it seems as good an opportunity as any to send out some THANKS of my own. Read more [...]

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If you needed any more proof that I am a data visualisation and productivity nerd …

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In order to keep track of the various projects, I use an Excel spreadsheet. This calculates project hours, rates etc. The spreadsheet breaks each day down into 30 minute blocks, into which I paste a coloured block and code - which helps calculate the running totals. As well as being useful - it also generated this bonus visualisation! I started this in Oct 2013 - So now, I present, my work diary from Oct 2013 - Dec 2014.   Read more [...]

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UPDATE – courses, quickies and connections

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I'm constantly pleased to see the number of organisations thinking about visual communication. Over the last 6 months I've been busy with a series of "Influential Analysis" training courses for Understanding Modern Government, where I have been (hopefully) inspiring people to rethink how they communicate information both internally and externally. Organisations attending the public courses, or booking in-house sessions, include various NHS trusts, Lincolnshire County Council and even Read more [...]

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Information Designer for Hire: what to expect

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So you've decided your company needs an infographic. This is what to expect when you work with me Read more [...]

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5 key elements of a freelance career

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New to freelancing? Here's a quick guide to getting along ... Read more [...]

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10 Ways I Stay Productive

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As a freelancer it's very easy to fall into bad habits - working from home, lots of different projects and being my own boss means long days of low productivity, and no clear division between work time and free time.   Since I left my "proper" job in 2009 I've been trying a host of ways to get things done - these are the things I've learnt work for me. Read more [...]

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Moseley Exchange – a new way (for me) to work

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  Since I started working for myself, I've been on a hunt for that *perfect* place to work. I tried the various coffee shops around Birmingham (read my findings here) but working in a coffee shop 5 days a week is not financially viable. (In order to stay in a coffee shop guilt-free all day you'd need to buy at least 3 drinks and some food  - totting up a daily spend of around £10.) Plus all that coffee isn't good for you. I experimented with a bunch of other locations and blogged Read more [...]

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The Oldest Intern In Town

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Recently I took the decision to become an intern. I spotted brand agency Orb were on the hunt for a creative copywriter intern, and thought it was too good an opportunity to miss. Now, I'm not your run-of-the-mill intern. I'm 37 years old, for starters. I've been working as a journalist since 2000 and now specialise in information design and social media/online content. So, why be an intern? - I hear you ask. Good question. Despite my experience in journalism, I have no formal experience Read more [...]

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New Year Resolutions – Social Media and Blogging

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I've decided to group this years New Year Resolutions into several categories Social Media Health and Well-being Productivity Read more [...]

"Caroline is great to work with. She is creative, enthusiastic, fun and very reliable. The process of producing our infographic poster was made easy and stress free. We will be working with Caroline again in the very near future" Kate Green, Dudley CVS