Featured Freelancer: Marianne Miles, Company Merité Media

Featured Freelancer: Marianne Miles, Company Merité Media

This week, our Featured Freelancer is Marianne Miles, a PR & Social Media Management Consultant, & Copywriter from London. Marianne has grown from the freelancer she started out as, 7 years ago, and it’s not been without it’s challenges. This is her story…   What is your name and what do you do? Marianne Miles – I am a PR & Communications Specialist and I have my own Company Merité Media which is a Digital Marketing & Production company, we also have an In-house PR agency and Charity arm – Merité Media Foundation How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I was made redundant from my in-house PR & Communications Manager job at Universal Music UK in 2008. I was stuck for a while but then ex-colleagues approached me and asked me to provide private PR and consult on their projects and that’s when my freelance life began. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? Nil, Zero! It was hard for them to understand what ‘working from home’ meant at first, friends especially would ask when I was getting a job. Family were more supportive, giving out my business cards and recommending me to people, they still don’t quite understand and expect me to run errands during the day for them though. Did you use any professional support resources in starting your freelance business? No, I just dived right in and did everything myself, I used the resources I had from my last job. How would you describe your clients or customers? My...
Featured Freelancer: Rob Allen, Bid Success

Featured Freelancer: Rob Allen, Bid Success

In the 3rd installment of Featured Freelancer, our weekly look behind the scenes of freelance business owners, we visit Bedfordshire, the home of freelance Bid Manager, Rob Allen. Rob has been freelancing for over 2 years, as well as numerous other roles, including being godfather to my youngest son. This is his story (Rob’s, not my 3yr old)… What is your name and what do you do? My name is Rob Allen and I’m a freelance Bid Manager/Bid Writer working under the company name Bid Success. I also write blog post for NBC Sports, work for an IT services company as their Head of Sales & Marketing, and own my own sports betting website. The only things I don’t do, is have any spare time. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I’ve repeatedly flipped between being an employee and a freelancer over the last 10 years. I started out looking for a way that I could be in charge of how I spent my working day but as I’ve needed stability, for things like mortgages, I’ve stepped back on the corporate ladder. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise against becoming freelance? Actually I spoke at length with an old business development friend of mine who strongly advised against it whilst I still had a mortgage and plans to have a family. He said the risks were too great (although I know that he started when he both had a mortgage and a young family). On the flipside, my wife (the excellent freelance PA –...
Why #MicroBizMattersDay 2017 Really Did Matter

Why #MicroBizMattersDay 2017 Really Did Matter

January is not only the dawn of New Year and new beginnings, but it is also the month of my birthday & MicroBizMattersDay – An annual social media event celebrating businesses, from across the globe, with up to 9 employees. Of course, many of these will be businesses with just one person, whose need for the lessons and support of MicroBizMattersDay is even more invaluable. This year, the Headquarters for the big day was Pimlico Plumbers, courtesy of it’s CEO, Charlie Mullins OBE, and his extroadinarily suppportive team. The day, which was broadcast live on the MicrobizMattersDay website and on it’s Facebook page, consisted of 5 learning hours – Home Business Hour, Food and Drink Hour, Enterprising Young People’s Hour, etc – and a Live Q&A Panel, which featured Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE (who are the founders of MicroBizMattersDay), Charlie Mullens OBE, and Kanya King MBE (founder of the MOBO Awards). Supporting the founders were a team of roadies, who volunteered their time to ensure that the both the live and social media events were a roaring success and fully interactive throughout. Details of the roadies can be found in the event programme, available to download here. As well as using the #MicroBizMattersDay hashtag, followers were encouraged to get involved using the #IGave13 hashtag too. The premise of this is to encourage people to give 13 somethings to help micro business owners. For example, it could be to write a blog post with 13 tips or spending 13 minutes promoting or supporting a micro business. Why 13? Because this year’s event took place on Friday 13th January. As well...
Featured Freelancer: Tracey Smith, TLS Virtual

Featured Freelancer: Tracey Smith, TLS Virtual

Our second Featured Freelancer from the Freelance Heroes FB Group, Tracey Smith, comes from the town of Bathgate, in between the beautiful cities of Edinburgh and Scotland, and has 5 years experience as a Virtual Assistant. This is her story… What is your name and what do you do? My name is Tracey Smith and I am a Virtual Assistant offering PA/Admin and Book-Keeping Services to all types of businesses. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I have been freelancing for almost 5 years now and took the decision after having our youngest, Lucy, who was 5 last October. It gave me the chance to still work whilst being able to be at home for the kids and be able to do the school runs. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? Luckily enough I have a very supportive husband and family and no one advised me against it at all. In fact, they were all very excited for me. Did you use any professional support resources in starting your freelance business? To get started, I created an account on Peopleperhour.com. Took me approx. 2 weeks to get my first client. How would you describe your clients or customers? I have fantastic clients. All growing businesses. They are all very good at what they do and they are all genuinely nice people and are all different businesses which I love, because not only do I have a varied week but I get to learn about their business. I also have one lady who...
Featured Freelancer: Rose Parkin, The Freelancers Cookbook

Featured Freelancer: Rose Parkin, The Freelancers Cookbook

Each week, in the Freelance Heroes Facebook Group, we turn our attention to one specific freelancer, with the aim of hearing their story, learning from their experiences, being inspired by the journey that they have taken. We start this feature with Rose Parkin – freelance publisher, editor and project manager, who specialises in educational publishing. Author of “The Freelancer’s Cookbook”. This is Rose’s story… What is your name and what do you do? I’m Rose and I’m a freelance editor – my main income is from working with educational publishers on their science and maths resources for schools. This might be traditional textbooks, interactive software, or videos. However, I’ve also recently branched out into food writing. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I’ve been a freelancer for about three years now, and like many freelancers I decided not to go back to my full time job after starting a family. After maternity leave, I felt that not only I needed more flexibility but that it was time for a bit of a change. I’d been in my last ‘proper’ job for five or six years, and going away for maternity leave had created a fairly natural break. I knew quite a few people who had chosen to work freelance for educational publishers, and I thought I’d give it a go. Luckily my former employer was happy to hire me on a freelance basis, and then I added clients from there. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? Thankfully I’ve had the full...