From the author of The Freelance Mum: A flexible career guide for better work-life balance
Are you ready to choose your own hours, where you’d like to work from and how much to charge for your services or products? As your own boss you have flexibility – and the chance to grow your empire without waiting for a promotion. I can give you the tools for launching a freelance career, starting a business or pivoting on an existing one…
Are you fed up with your job? Wondering whether you should go part-time or quit altogether and try something else?
Louise was too. So she joined my course. And after module two, she wrote to me saying:
“At the start of this course I had no expectations of what I might find out about myself, I just wanted to be really open-minded and not just take the easy option. And I have really have surprised myself with my potential new career interest… I feel like I’ve come across my dream role!”
In case you don’t already know, the benefits of self-employment are huge…
- Flexible working hours
- No more commuting
- Choose what you earn
- Better work-life balance
But many of us stay in job we don’t like because we feel afraid; we don’t have the confidence to make the leap.
I understand, I’ve been there.
However, after giving birth to my daughter five years ago, I had a ‘now or never’ moment and set up a freelance business. I’ve developed a career that pays me double what I was earning before kids but I work half as many hours (2.5 days a week).
I now have a two-year-old son, and a third baby on the way. Each morning I do the school drop-off and collect them at the end of the day. I’m on track to earn a six-figure salary this year, but without sacrificing time with my family.
If you like the sound of my work-life balance (kids or no kids), this online course is for you.
In just four weeks, you’ll learn everything you need to know about becoming your boss – from deciding what your freelance path or business should be, mustering the confidence to make the leap and ensuring it will pay..
You’ll also be armed with legal advice, and the necessary steps for setting up as a freelancer, including: registering as self-employed, building a website, branding, social media, making contacts, spreading the word, childcare. All presented in digestible chunks.
There are very limited spaces available and everyone gets detailed personal feedback after each exercise.
It’s creative, practical and packed with exercises, tips and advice – from me and a load of other freelancers and entrepreneurs…
Here’s the course outline…
Week 1: What should my freelance work or business be?
You may have a job that translates easily into freelance work, or perhaps you’re keen to try something completely new. Either way, we’ll take a look at your deep-rooted passions, skills and experience and through a combination of practical and creative exercises, you’ll end up with a clear idea about what the focus of your work should be. There are tips from Cleo Walters (House of Cleo), Emma Merry (HomeMilk) and business coach extraordinaire Suzy Ashworth.
Week 2: Finding the confidence to make the leap
Now clearer on what your freelance work or business will focus on, it’s time to muster the confidence within yourself to believe that this can – and will – happen. With an exercise from business coach Nicky Raby, plus tips and advice from seasoned freelancers and entrepreneurs (inc. Steph Douglas, founder of Don’t Buy Her Flowers, freelance guru Frankie Tortora of Doing it for the Kids and author Elizabeth Day), you’ll soon be brimming with confidence and self-esteem. It’s all about mindset.
Week 3: Making it pay – short-term and long-term
It’s time to get practical because while becoming self-employed is great, without the monthly paycheque landing in your bank account each month, you’ll need to know that you can still cover the bills. We’ll discuss the various options for earning while you set-up-shop, how to work out what to charge for your product or service – with guidance from an accountant. Plus a foolproof spreadsheet for ensuring all costs have been considered, tips from freelance journalist and podcaster Robyn Wilder and a great exercise from life coach Holly June Smith.
Week 4: Getting started
Now that you’ve decided what your freelance work is going to be, you have the confidence to ‘make the leap’ and you’ve done your financial planning – what’s next? In this module, I’ll walk you through the necessary steps for setting up as a freelancer, including: registering as self-employed, building a website, branding, social media, making contacts, spreading the word, childcare – and more. With legal advice from Ingrid Fernandez.
- We start on 1 July 2019.
- This is an online course.
- There are limited spaces, so that I can give detailed personal feedback.
- Each Monday you’ll be given access to exercises, advice, tips – and set a task. You access this whenever you like (you don’t have to sign in at a particular time). And if you submit the homework by Friday at 11am, I’ll give you individual feedback over the weekend.
- You’ll have free access to my closed Facebook group (only people who’ve taken a course have access), where you can network with other freelancers and business owners, and get exclusive tips and advice.
“The course has really helped getting started seem manageable and has built up my confidence to get going.” Laura S
“The activities have really varied and have pushed my brain to think in ways I was not expecting and, in some cases never really ventured before, which has been really refreshing and insightful. I feel like I’m learning about how to set up a business whilst also learning a little more about myself too.” Chloe R
“Thank you so much for your feedback. Week 1 and your feedback has helped me to realise that it might actually be possible to forge my own path after all. I’m looking forward to diving in to the confidence week.” Nicola B
“Thank you for this week’s tasks. It has been very helpful to start to visualise what I want life to look like.” Helen H
“I’ve had to send myself so many emails with ideas as they’ve randomly come into my mind!” Lou J
“I really enjoyed it, it was good to actually take some time to things these things through.” Jennifer M
Who am I?
I’m Annie Ridout – author of The Freelance Mum, freelance journalist (Guardian, Forbes, Grazia, Telegraph), editor of The Early Hour and speaker (panel talks, BBC radio and TV).
I lost my job when I gave birth to my daughter. And I felt mixed. On the one hand, I loved that I could focus on becoming a mother and getting to know my daughter without thinking ‘what will the return to work be like’? But on the other, I had no idea what I’d do for money once my savings ran out.
So, I launched a business: The Early Hour. I discovered that you don’t have to work a conventional 9-5 to get by – in fact, you can work nap-times, evenings, weekends and then, when you can afford it, get childcare and grow your freelance career/business even bigger.
But to get to that stage, I had to work through a specific process. Firstly, deciding what work I wanted to do. Next, developing the confidence to go for it. Thirdly, being business-like and working out how I’d make it all pay. And lastly, all the practical steps for launching: website, branding, PR, childcare, registering my company etc.
It’s not easy, having kids and then trying to work out whether you should/need to work and if so; what to do. But it’s very satisfying when you find a fulfilling career and a work/life balance that feels right for you. I’d love to help you get to that stage.
If you’d like one of the limited spaces on this course then I’d love to work with you and help you make this leap into your new future.