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 (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.

And I recently launched an online ‘DIY’ PR course: teaching freelancers and small businesses how to secure press coverage. The April course sold out in two days, but there are spaces in the May and June ones. More info, including how to book, here.

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