Featured Freelancer, Hannah Keet, Translator

Featured Freelancer, Hannah Keet, Translator

I first connected with Hannah when she worked with fellow translator Natalie Soper on a fascinating article entitled “Fiverr: Do you get what you pay for?” (It’s worth mentioning here that they have written “Fiverr: Do you get what you pay for? (Part 2)“.) Based in Plymouth, Hannah has been a freelance translator for over 5 years and specialises in translating German and French into English. This is the story of Hannah’s freelancing journey… What is your name and what do you do? My name is Hannah Keet and I’m a freelance translator. I rewrite German and French business and tourism texts in English. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I’ve been freelancing since 2012, so five years now. I had always wanted to be freelance, but sometimes the lack of experience can be an obstacle when you first launch your career. So I took an in-house translator position at Amazon for six months first. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? My dad has been self-employed for 35+ years, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. So I definitely had his full support. Most of my family and friends backed me all the way. Some of my colleagues at Amazon seemed a bit sceptical as going it alone can seem daunting when you have job security and a fixed income, but that wasn’t going to put me off. Did you use any professional support resources in starting your freelance business? No – only because I didn’t know they existed....
Featured Freelancer: Michelle Abrahall, Graphic Designer, Illustrator & Copywriter

Featured Freelancer: Michelle Abrahall, Graphic Designer, Illustrator & Copywriter

For most freelancers, being known for one skill is enough. Especially, as this week’s Featured Freelancer notes, freelancers are also all their own head of Marketing, Admin, Finance, etc. So how does Warwickshire-based Michelle Abrahall manage to juggle all of this along with the 3 primary business services she provides? Hard work and more, of course. This is the story of Michelle’s freelancing journet so far…   What is your name and what do you do? My name’s Michelle Abrahall, and I’m a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Copywriter. A ‘triple threat’ as they would say in showbiz! How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I’ve been freelancing for about five years, full-time for the last two, so it’s only recently that I’ve felt like a proper freelancer. I just had a moment in my early thirties of ‘what am I waiting for’ and it suddenly clicked that if I didn’t give self-employment a try now, when would I? Like most decisions in life, there’s never a perfect time, so you might as well go for it! The other major factor in going freelance was finally admitting to myself that, since graduating from an Illustration BA, none of my jobs had really stretched me creatively. It’s a hard thing to admit that you’ve essentially been coasting for 10 years, but it gave me the push I needed. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? My Dad had lots of experience working as a self-employed Architect, so although he knew the potential pitfalls, he never tried to talk...
Featured Freelancer: Adrian Ashton, Social Enterprise Consultant

Featured Freelancer: Adrian Ashton, Social Enterprise Consultant

Nestled in between Blackburn and Bradford is the picturesque market town of Todmorden, home to our latest Featured Freelancer, Adrian Ashton. Since I met Adrian, initially on twitter, I’ve known him to be a man full of surprises, with an engaging and supportive style about him. When you read his answers you’ll see why. This is Adrian’s story… What is your name and what do you do? Adrian Ashton – I (try to) help people explore their ideas for starting a new enterprise; and help ‘fix’ issues in existing businesses (through consultancy, training, mentoring, research, and such like); which mean that people can (hopefully) enjoy and do more what they want to and what makes them happy… I also try and work through funded support programmes where I can as I have an idea that this helps make me more accountable, and also means that clients can make their available cash go further (which, to date, no-one has disagreed with!) (I also do #beermentoring and #cakementoring) How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? 12 years – I relocated my family from Cambridge ‘up north’ to take up a job offer that offered employment security for me as I’d just become a father, only to have the company back out after we’d moved… I therefore took to ‘knocking on doors’ to find work as a matter of urgency to be able to support my family, and been hustling ever since… What support did you have from family and friends? With hindsight, very little – my parents offered moral encouragement, but were still at...
Featured Freelancer: Imogen Allen, Digital Virtual Manager

Featured Freelancer: Imogen Allen, Digital Virtual Manager

In our latest edition of the Featured Freelancer, we learn from Imogen Allen what a Digital Virtual Manager is and get some valuable advice for anyone thinking of making the swtich from employed to freelancer. It’s also the best answer to the last question yet. Imogen set up her Staffordshire business in late 2015, and this is her story… What is your name and what do you do? My name is Imogen Allen and I am an Online Digital Manager. My business is called Umbrella Digital Media and I love providing clients with tech solutions and support. My specialities are in email marketing and design and in WordPress. I also love designing PDFs for clients to use for their freebie giveaways. My main aim is to magic away the tech overwhelm that a lot of clients have. I am going to be building my service to help clients with the tech side of Online Course building later this year as well as promoting my website building service too. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I started my business in December 2015. I set myself up as a Virtual Assistant and initially I was helping clients learn how to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. I had become a “go to” person for Etsy and helped client’s optimise their Etsy SEO. Prior to that I ran a textile design business and built up all my knowledge of using social media myself and passed that on to fellow designers and artists. Although I loved creating textiles, I felt it was...