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Have You Got What it Takes to Work Remotely?

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Being a digital nomad, working from a co-working space, taking your laptop with you onto the beach. The remote working life promises so much. But does it deliver? And how can you be sure you are up to it? Here are a few key areas that you might want to consider before taking the plunge. Work Remotely from any Timezone So, where in the world are you working from this week? Or more importantly...

Don’t do as I do, do as I say: Learn from my top social media mistakes

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I think it goes without saying that when something is your area of expertise, that doesn’t mean you have it all sorted. So, with some trepidation, I will admit I’ve made my share of social media mistakes. Although I work on strategy for startups and SMEs across content, social media, SEO and marketing, I’m sure that my own set up lacks a few of the ingredients I talk to clients...

Why do we need someone to do social media? Isn’t it just all common sense?

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When I first started out freelancing I organised coffees with some of my friends who I knew worked in the kind of industries and sectors I was interested in. I felt a bit nervous and thought that just having a chat with some people I already knew about something work-related would be a good place to start. And it was. I met up with a friend of mine who is a CTO. He was really encouraging, stating...

What to get the kids to do when they don’t know what to do – including free printable!

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A while ago I started leaving out things for my kids to do when they got home from school. To get from our back door – our main entry point to the house – to the TV they have to go past the dining room table. If I leave out something that looks inviting then I can often tempt them to stop on the way. After a few times I’d done this, I was setting up the table before I left for...

What Did You Buy From Instagram Today?

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I’ve always loved this picture explaining social media through the medium of doughnuts. As you can see it is a little out of date – FourSquare has since pivoted its business model – but I’ve often thought that adding ‘doughnut eating’ as a skill on LinkedIn is a sure fire winner! For a long time Instagram was, to me, just a load of vintage/filtered pictures. It...

Freelancing is Like Running and Other Marathon Analogies

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One of the things that I’ve consciously done since I started freelancing is to build my own virtual watercooler. As you can see from my previous posts, I was never the natural networker. In fact, I now often describe my networking at previous office-based jobs as ‘whatever events were offering free cake and time out of the office.’ As you can probably tell, I didn’t see...

Single-Tasking or Multi-Tasking? Just Don’t Forget to Task!

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I love a good productivity read. Whether it’s a book or a blog, I’m there. 5 tips for a better morning routine. Yep. 5 tips to stop you checking your phone every 10 seconds. Click. 10 things all those people you want to be do before 5am. Check. I know that it is click bait, but I can’t help it, I’ll click every time. I don’t know what it is. I think I know myself pretty well, I think I’m self...

This Girl Can? How About #thiswomancan?

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Listening to the radio this morning I heard a segment about the #thisgirlcan campaign run by Sport England. This campaign has been running for a while now. It is reaching out to women and encouraging them to be more active. Research showed that one of the main reasons that women don’t exercise is that they are worried about judgement and how they look when they do. This campaign aims to...

Freelancing and the Never Ending Salary Discussion

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I read this article from Independents United about salary transparency with interest. I will fully admit that I have always been someone who never really wanted to talk about salary. I’m nosy enough to want to know what someone else earns but if that means I have to say how much I earn, suddenly I’m not so interested. However, having just started out as a freelancer, I’m also realising that...

2017: My Year of Video

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Late in December I saw that my online friend and all-round nice guy Paul Thomson had challenged himself to do #365daysofvideo in 2017. His aim is to record video of some kind every day in 2017. My first thought on this was — eek! That’s a lot of video! But as with the best ideas, after that it got me thinking. I’ve recently launched my own video podcast; Follow Me: Social Media Perspectives and I...

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