Featured Freelancer: Bernie J Mitchell, Content Strategist and Podcaster

Featured Freelancer: Bernie J Mitchell, Content Strategist and Podcaster

This week’s Featured Freelancer, as he keeps telling me, loves Freelance Heroes. Mainly because of the community spirit and the willingness from so many to dive in and support others. That’s because Bernie J Mitchell is all about community and collaboration, which you’ll learn when you read about all the collaborative projects he’s been involved in, both online and through the coworking spaces he works with and helps run. So it’s no surprise then that one of the main bits of advice Bernie would give to other freelancers is to go out and meet others.  There is no such thing as a solopreneur, which Freelance Heroes proves time and time again, and Bernie beats the drum of this mantra more than anyone I know. Plus, he’s a truly fascinating man, as I’m sure you’ll now learn from his freelancing story. Enjoy… What is your name, where are you based, and what do you do? Bernie, London, Content Strategy, Blog podcast and help run a coworking space in Euston   How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I worked this out the other day, I have been freelancing for over 15 years, first as an event manager and then in content and communications.   What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? This part was tricky, all my family have ‘real jobs’ like teacher, nurse, banker, lawyer etc.  I wanted to be a teacher and found out so much about education while doing my degree in English Literature and education. It made me realise I...
Featured Freelancer: Carly Stringer, Virtual Assistant

Featured Freelancer: Carly Stringer, Virtual Assistant

Being a freelancer often means being taken out of our comfort zone. For example, a great designer continues to be a great designer, but once they start as a freelance designer they have to manage their paperwork, juggle additional responsibilities, market themselves, and so much more. This week’s Featured Freelancer, Carly Stringer, stepped out of her comfort zone in January by recording a minimum of one Instagram Story a day for the month. This not only increased views to her Instragram channel, but also, as Carly told me: “a collaboration which is coming up and lots more conversations with my followers as I end up getting quite a few messages in my inbox as a result of my stories. Plus a huge amount of self confidence.” It also grabbed my attention and made me want to find out more about Carly’s journey in her first year of freelancing. Thankfully, she agreed to take part and here is her story… What is your name, where are you based, and what do you do? I’m Carly Stringer, Founder of Keystone Virtual. I offer business, digital marketing and social media consultancy to small service-based businesses with big ideas. I live in Maidstone, Kent with my husband John and our two children – Freya (5) and Leo (2).   How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I’ve been working remotely for three years but launched my freelance business last February. So, I’ll soon be celebrating my one-year business anniversary! I launched Keystone Virtual because I knew that I could add more value than I was able...