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On finding ‘the balance’

On finding ‘the balance’

This could equally have been titled: ‘Discovering that I’m actually a workaholic’ because finding ‘the balance’ so far has proved elusive. There are a multitude of reasons that I decided to go freelance, but one of them was definitely to have more of a work-life…

What I’ve learned from my first month of freelance life

What I’ve learned from my first month of freelance life

Last month, I had my leaving lunches, I sent my farewell email, and said goodbye to office life. I set up the very next day on my own, and became fully self-employed for the first time. And so far, I’ve got to say, freelance life…

Working from home when you can’t actually work from home

Working from home when you can’t actually work from home

Last October, we got our first au pair. It was driven by our financial situation at the time, as we could no longer afford to send our two children to nursery. It’s been wonderful having someone looking after the kids at home, and while I…

Manifestation vs matter

Manifestation vs matter

“Please tell me you aren’t going to talk about manifestation,” my (former! I am now fully freelance! More on that below) boss said to me last week. Sorry, Bethan, I’m going to talk about manifestation. Well, sort of. I have read a whole bunch of…

Clarifying your brand values as an individual

Clarifying your brand values as an individual

Last year, when I was clarifying what sort of direction I wanted to take my (then non-existent) business in, I took Jen Carrington’s Writing for Dream Clients course. One of the exercises was to think about what your brand values. Now, I am just one…

5 reasons authors need to take control of their online presence

5 reasons authors need to take control of their online presence

I’ve been working in the publishing industry for over 10 years, and in that time, I’ve heard a lot of reasons about why authors don’t prioritise their online presence. They don’t have time, because all of their time needs to be spent writing. It’s boring…

Setting big goals for 2019

Setting big goals for 2019

Before I start talking about my 2019 goals, a bit of exciting news: My author mentoring programme is open again! Over the course of 4 weeks, I will work with a small group of authors to help them tell their story online. This involves working…

The realities of freelance life with Stuart Bache and Natasha Hughes of Books Covered

The realities of freelance life with Stuart Bache and Natasha Hughes of Books Covered

This week I have two of my former colleagues on my blog! Tash and Stu are two lovely individuals who fell in love in the office, then decided to change their entire lives together. They moved to the Midlands, where their families live, started up…

Why I’m focusing on my mailing list in 2019

Why I’m focusing on my mailing list in 2019

Happy new year! Have you set any goals yet? Normally, at this time of year, I’m full on into workbooks and notebooks and big plans for the year ahead. This year, I’ve been trying to piece mine together more slowly. Partly because I’m actually taking…

The Realities of Freelance Life: Ruth Poundwhite

The Realities of Freelance Life: Ruth Poundwhite

I’ve only had a ‘multi-hyphen career’ for a a few months now, but I’ve absolutely loved the mix of things I’ve been working on. From working with authors directly to getting involved with a small publisher, it’s been so interesting to approach what I love…