Career Insight: 4 top tips for moving to fulltime freelance work

We spend so much of our time at work and to feel fulfilled, challenged and satisfied is all to often an aspiration that we don’t achieve. We all have other interests we enjoy and even the pipe dream of turning those into a full time career. But what is the reality of doing that? Is it achievable? Does the dream match the reality and how do you start to get there?

I asked my good friend and occasional collaborator Becky Dixon  who has built her business from scratch how she had gone about doing this.

“If you had told me, when I was 8 years old, that my penchant for making up radio plays on my Fisher Price tape deck, complete with dubious accents and hand made puppets could possibly lead me towards a freelance career as a storyteller and music workshop leader, I would have given you a pretty hearty dose of the withering look I was also perfecting at that age. The only jobs I really knew existed were teacher, lawyer, doctor and something mysterious ‘in an office’ (presumably shuffling bits of paper around) and everyone in my family seemed to have sensible, solid careers, so freelancing was never even on the agenda, and creative hobbies were just that, hobbies to be done on the side of work.

So, that I now spend my days lugging my cello around London and telling stories and singing songs for a living, often spending my weekends dressed as a pirate leading story trails around SE London community gardens was not a career direction I ever had mapped out… But these days I run my own small business leading story and music classes for little folk in my home area of SE London, and also freelance for various arts organisations and arts venues in London telling stories, and after gradually gently dipping my feet into the freelance world, I have been doing this for the past three years. Continue reading “Career Insight: 4 top tips for moving to fulltime freelance work”

Articles that have inspired me lately: April edition

I have read so many interesting articles this month and wanted to share a few.

Even though this article is from 90’s it is a effective piece on the difference between leaders and managers. John Kotter starts with a problem common to many us that companies are over-managed and under-led,  stating that the two instead need to complement each other. This well structured argument containing short case studies illustrating the main points is not too academic or long, so you take onboard the key points without being lost in business speak. It’s a good read with these top tips on improving brain power and leadership skills. Continue reading “Articles that have inspired me lately: April edition”

Tips for updating your CV

I recently updated my CV, it’s something I’ve been looking at on and off for the past year, but I decided I needed to sit down over the course of a few days and get a new format with fresh, inspired content. This can be an daunting activity, there are so many articles on what you should and shouldn’t do, and often this advice can be conflicting, overwhelming and confusing.

Before you start to look at your CV have in your mind a clear purpose of what you want to achieve, are you:

  • Updating the document
  • Completely overhauling it with a new job search in mind
  • Looking to move into a different sector

Continue reading “Tips for updating your CV”