About Annie

Annie Ridout, editor of The Early Hour

I’m editor-in-chief of digital parenting and lifestyle platform The Early Hour, and work as a freelance journalist for national news and women’s magazines (The Guardian, Forbes, GraziaRed MagazineStylist, Metro, Telegraph).

My first non-fiction book – The Freelance Mum: A flexible career guide for better work–life balance was published by 4th Estate in January 2019. It’s a guide to setting up as a freelance mum – from deciding on your freelance career path, to launching a website, social media, getting your name out there and perfecting your brand. Also childcare options, daily routines for optimum productivity, and maintaining healthy work/life boundaries. Alongside my own tips, there are loads from other freelance mums, including Arianna Huffington, Helen Thorn of the Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts (Mere Soeur), Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey and Anna Jones. You can order it here and read more about it – including what the press are saying – here.

I also create the content for women’s confidence app Clementine (I’m a co-founder) and speak at live events (like Stylist Live, Hive Collective) and on BBC radio (5 Live, Woman’s Hour) and TV.

I wrote about my career journey for The Guardian’s Women in Leadership, fitting freelance work around family for Guardian Money, and shared my thoughts on parenting and early rising in a Guardian Opinion piece. I was also featured in The Sunday Times – talking business, motherhood and childcare – and interviewed for a Guardian article on negotiations in business. Lorraine Candy asked me about the language surrounding work/motherhood balance for her Sunday Times column. And I told the Telegraph about how isolating it can be setting up a business as a mum – but how networking can help. Stylist editor-at-large Alix Walker shared my freelancing tips for her piece on protecting your mental health, when working from home.

Other press, interviews and mentions include: ZettelerMaternity Leave LifeLucky ThingsThink ProductiveBusiness InsiderMail OnlineThe Dad WebsiteQ&A with Dr Jessamy Hibberd. Also: Clementine podcast, Parentpreneur podcast, Nicky Raby’s podcast, Art Tiffin.

I live with my husband and our two children – a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son – in east London. We’re expecting our third baby in August.

Come and find me on Instagram: @annieridout and Twitter: @annieridout.

(I love a little online chat).

All photos of me, on this website, are by the brilliant Penny Wincer