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 [...]

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