Featured Freelancer: Tina Boden, Micro-Business Troubleshooter

Featured Freelancer: Tina Boden, Micro-Business Troubleshooter

I first met Tina via twitter and Linkedin, when I was invited to be involved in the first MicroBizMattersDay in January 2016. Tina, along with Tony Robinson (who will be a Featured Freelancer in the coming months) are the unofficial Queen and King of micro businesses, in my opinion. Based in Scarborough, Tina has a wealth of experience that she puts to good use by bringing businesses together and supporting initiatives all over the country the drive the UK micro business economy. I’m delighted to say that this is the story of Tina’s freelancing journey…   What is your name, where are you based, and what do you do? I am Tina Boden. My home & office base is in Scarborough, North Yorkshire but I can be found working in many different places. What do I do? An interesting question with many answers but in a nutshell; I am The Tiny Troubleshooter, my freelance business, Co-Founder of Enterprise Rockers and the #MicroBizMatters Movement, Collaborator, Speaker, Writer & Giver of Time. I have recently gone full circle from my BTEC Qualification in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations, that I got 31 years ago, and am also now The B & B Keeper – offering relief management services to B & B owners who want or need a break from their business for holiday or otherwise. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I have been self-employed for over 28 years, I was 21 when I bought my first business with my Mum, before that I worked for my parents in their business....
Featured Freelancer: Elaine Clark, Accountant

Featured Freelancer: Elaine Clark, Accountant

Many freelancers start with an end goal. For example, some see freelancing as a way to kick start their journey towards creating an agency, while others want to be as good as they can be but remain on their own. Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer to this, other than the need for peer support to help the journey along, which is why this series of behind the scenes interviews exists.  I first met Elaine Clark, this week’s Featured Freelancer, during our work with MicroBizMattersDay. Elaine started as a freelance accountant and still is one, but has also built up a franchise business from it over the last 10 years. This is the very honest story of her journey so far… What is your name, where are you based, and what do you do? My name is Elaine Clark. I’m based in the North West operating throughout the UK online with my business CheapAccounting.co.uk which hopefully explains what I do. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I’ve been freelancing for ten years now starting way back in 2007 when I last sat in a “high powered” corporate meeting and thought “I can’t do this anymore”. The monotony and repetitiveness were boring me senseless. Along with the utter waste of corporate money I knew that my “blue chip” career just wasn’t fulfilling me. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? To be honest I kept my ideas close to my chest at the time. I didn’t want to worry anyone....
Featured Freelancer, Kathryn Peden, Physiotherapist

Featured Freelancer, Kathryn Peden, Physiotherapist

The more popular editions of the Featured Freelancer are from those who take the opportunity to use the questions as a truly cathartic and reflective exercise on their business. As it’s only then do we get a real insight into the highs and lows of each interviewee. This week is one of those interviews, thanks to Nottingham based Physiotherapist, Kathryn Peden. Enjoy the story of Kathryn’s journey as a freelancer, so far… What is your name, where are you based, and what do you do? Hi! My name’s Kathryn Peden and I am a musculoskeletal and women’s health Physiotherapist based in Nottingham UK. I treat and ‘fix’ a wide range of physical aches and pains from headaches to foot pain, and have a specialism in female pelvic floor, bladder and bowel dysfunction and pain. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I’ve been a Physio for 3 years now, but ran my own sole tradership as a Photographer back in 2002-4, and again in 2011-14 (while at Physio Uni), doing portraits and wedding photography. My main motivation, aside from earning an income, was a feeling of wanting to simply follow my dreams and explore my creativity. As time progressed and I had various jobs, I also had a range of terrible bosses, which further reinforced my desire to go it alone and do things my way. I didn’t want to offend anyone, just didn’t want to continue in dysfunctional organisations feeling frustrated. When I was under threat of redundancy I looked around and found that doing my own thing was the...
Featured Freelancer: Samantha Taylor, Education Communications Consultant

Featured Freelancer: Samantha Taylor, Education Communications Consultant

Asking a freelancer what they do is not always an easy question to answer. For example, they may offer more than one service to more than one group of clients, which make a succinct response a bit of a challenge. Or, like many freelancers I know, are trusted so much by their clients, they’re asked to do work they wouldn’t normally offer. So when this week’s Featured Freelancer, Samantha Taylor, was expected to answer this as her first question, you can read for yourself the challenge that she had. But then, she has been freelancing for over 8 years, so she’s bound to have built up a repetoire of skills and loyal clients. Here is the rest of Samantha’s interview or her experience as a freelancer, so far… What is your name, where are you based, and what do you do? My name is Samantha Taylor and I am based in Poole, Dorset somewhere between the countryside and the sea. What do I do? I’ve been trying to explain this for years and I am still not sure that I do it well. I am a wearer of many hats! My main hat is as an education communications consultant and project manager. That is, I develop and deliver campaigns to communicate with and inspire children, young people and teachers in preschools, schools, colleges and HE, on behalf of charities, government and consumer brands. Phew! My other hats include marketing services for small businesses, and copywriting—something that I love to do and now unbelievably get paid for. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a...