Does the hat fit? My journey to setting up my own editing business.

Get ahead. Get a hat (that fits.) 🎩 I used to have one big hat. I put it on in 2005. It was comfortable and suited me. I’d wear it from 7am until bedtime. It sometimes looked a bit dishevelled, but time unworn in the holidays would spruce it up. About five years ago, theContinue reading “Does the hat fit? My journey to setting up my own editing business.”

Take your wellbeing seriously. How being self-employed has brought about a shift in my mindset.

Sort yourself before you help others. That’s the advice you hear from cabin crew. In an emergency, sort your own oxygen mask before you sort your child’s. It’s someone else’s analogy. But it made a big impact when I heard it. It makes sense but feels counterintuitive. Touch wood, I’ve never had to test whatContinue reading “Take your wellbeing seriously. How being self-employed has brought about a shift in my mindset.”

How can an accountability group help me achieve my goals?

I’m going to blow my own trumpet and reflect that, career-wise, 2020 has gone well. 🎺 This is in no small part due to the motivating coaching call I had with Lisa Carlin back in May. As soon as I came off the Zoom, I sent out feelers to a few others in the sameContinue reading “How can an accountability group help me achieve my goals?”

Why having my own business means so much to me: the story of my husband’s deteriorating eyesight.

Jon’s deteriorating eyesight is, without a doubt, a factor in why I do what I do. But I’d still work with words regardless of his disability. It’s the self-employed working from home bit that’s helpful in our circumstances. Jon is my husband. A force to be reckoned with. A man who defies stereotypes and labels.Continue reading “Why having my own business means so much to me: the story of my husband’s deteriorating eyesight.”

No smoke and mirrors. This is what happens if I edit your book.

There’s always that element of uncertainty when you hire a freelancer for the first time. ❔Will they do a good job? ❔Will they meet my deadline? ❔Will they offer value for money? ❔Will communication be smooth? The freelancer also has uncertainties when taking on a new client. ❔Will the work they’re offering fit in withContinue reading “No smoke and mirrors. This is what happens if I edit your book.”