15 May 2017

Boss Girl In The Sticks - An Update On Freelance Life

Hampshire bloggers, Hampshire social media manager, lifestyle blog UK

It has been 7 months (not that I'm counting, but I kind of am!) since I left the 4 walls of an office and embraced the uncertain world of freelancing to build my own business. When I left my secure, comfortable, and well paid job in a creative studio I gave myself 3 months to test the waters and make something of myself - if I didn't make it in 3 months, I'd be back to a 9-5 job which probably would numb my mind but give me financial security.

When I left my old job I had no savings, no part time gig, 1 client who's invoice didn't cover my rent, no husband who could take me under his wing (but a very supportive fiancé and family who told me they'd bail me out if I really got stuck), and no mentor - all I had was determination, somewhat of a plan, and my own experience gained from working in marketing for 7 years. Scary, right? So how have these last 7 months gone for me? I want to share my experience of the first half of the year being freelance with you - and I hope it makes for an interesting read.

Hampshire bloggers, Hampshire social media manager, lifestyle blog UK
Hampshire bloggers, Hampshire social media manager, lifestyle blog UK
what i'm wearing: jacket Primark // top SheIn* // skirt Zara // tights Jonathan Aston* // shoes Primark // watch Kartel* // wrap bracelet Next

Spoiler alert - as you probably guessed, it's going well seeing as I gave myself 3 months and it's now 7 months into the journey! I worked as a freelance social media manager for a number of years now, and I had a client I was working with when I left the office. This was my first project, and then word spread about me taking on new clients in the Hampshire/Wiltshire area - that's when I gained another 2 clients, who then referred me to their business owner friends. I was busy within my first month - on top of my existing clients, I was attending networking events to make myself known, scheduled in new client meetings, and focussed on educating myself to ensure I knew everything there was to know in my field.
Digital media management and content creation has been a passion of mine for a very long time, hence my career path, but I also discovered my love for photography - something I used to do as a hobby but then when clients requested photography for their websites and press releases I realised this is something I want to add to my portfolio, and the feedback has been great.
I have also done training sessions with businesses who want to know more about social media; talks; and taken over launch campaigns - which have all been great fun!

My digital business is growing month on month, with exciting new clients and projects - but I have to be honest with you and tell you that the world of freelancing is uncertain and every week is really different. Some weeks it's all go go go without a breather and working until 11pm, and other weeks I feel redundant because no projects have come in or projects have been cancelled by clients. Some months I'm comfortable, and others are spent living on a budget close to what I had at uni - jacket potatoes 4 nights in a row anyone?? But it's all worth the happiness and freedom I now have in my life - the ultimate work/life balance.

My friends and family have noticed how much less stressed I am and how much happier I am - even though there are other stresses like job security, finances, and admin (seriously, who has time for accounts??!). But what I have had time to do is build a community around my journey - so many of you have emailed in and DM'd me about my journey as a freelancer; it makes me happy to be able to help you start your own journey into building a life you always imagined. I love meeting new friends for coffee and talking about blogging, freelancing, business, and all things creative - there is so much we can learn from each other. #CommunityOverCompetition.

Hampshire bloggers, Hampshire social media manager, lifestyle blog UK
Hampshire bloggers, Hampshire social media manager, lifestyle blog UK

I have also launched my personal styling business - a side business which helps women gain back their confidence, learn to love their bodies, and look stylish on a budget. This business came to life because I love fashion and have always wanted to work in fashion - in fact this industry was my early career, working as a style assistant, visual merchandiser, and then managing a high end store in Bath before I decided that the fashion world was just a little too judgemental, fierce, and just not for me. I'm all about friendly vibes, no stress, and helping people! So personal styling seemed like a sensible choice to keep my passion for fashion (how cheesy?!) alight - especially as I'm always on hand to style my friends and family, might as well make a buck whilst I'm at it. If you're interested, or just want to have a snoop - Dalry Rose Styling is a work in progress baby of mine.
Through working as a personal stylist, I have met some incredibly interesting clients with all sorts of wardrobes - but what is really rewarding is the way women transform at the end of a session. I love seeing them bloom from someone who is uncomfortable at looking in the mirror and slouchy in posture, standing tall and embracing themselves whilst posing for a polaroid of an outfit shot. It makes me feel great that I helped them feel awesome!

It's been a crazy ride so far, and I'm so excited to see what the next 6 months will bring - I already have some very exciting projects booked into the diary, and very interesting people I will be meeting. I hope you enjoyed reading about my first experience of the #GirlBoss journey - I will be back with an update in November when I hit a year of being a boss babe!

And remember, if you have any questions for me feel free to get in touch or comment below - I'll always do my best to help fellow creatives. And if you're a business - I'd love to get to know you and help you with your digital image so drop me an email!
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  2. Emma Stokes15 May 2017 at 22:04
    I tell you this every single week but you give me motivation to want to do the same things you are. You give me hope and reassurance that if we put our minds to it, we really can be our own boss. Love you girl, keep it up! Xxx

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    1. Your comments literally make my day! Thank you sweets, I'm glad you find my journey interesting 💗 Boss babes all the way! Xxx

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