Why I Love Taking Photos During Golden Hour

When I got my first DSLR a year ago, it opened up a whole new world of creativity. It gave me an excuse to go outside. My day job as a freelance writer largely keeps me at home so it was useful to help me disconnect. Now, when work is quiet, or I just fancy [...]

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The Soft Skills Freelancers Bring to Your Business

Clients who work with or looking to outsource work to freelancers typically think of the hard skills. In my case, that's writing and proofreading. This is understandable. After all, you need to know that your freelancer has the necessary background, skills, and training so successfully complete the tasks you need of them. Yet we also [...]

Skills I Never Thought I’d Need as a Freelance Writer: #1 Graphic Design

Six years I've been doing this gig. Six years! At the time I just wanted to write and I signed up for Elance and Odesk thinking I would (eventually) get enough work in perpetuity and by word of mouth when I had a large enough list of clients. I didn't consider other skills and at [...]

Your Great Business Idea Needs Equally Great Written Content

It doesn't matter what your business idea is, in the process of developing and marketing, or at production stage and selling to customers. Either way, it deserves good presentation. You need to demonstrate that you know what you're talking about and to reach out to people (investors and customers) in the right way. Some things [...]

My Love of Dartmoor – a Photographic Journey

It's Easter 2019 and we're presently having the hottest weekend of the year so far. It's been fabulous. Yesterday (Good Friday) we went up to Dartmoor - always a favourite place of mine - and I took my DSLR. This was not only the first time I'd taken my "new" camera, I also went up [...]

How Clients Can Help Freelancers Grow Their Business

Learning to effectively market one's freelance business is a matter of trial and error. It's one of the most difficult (and thankless) aspects of the job, but a necessary one. I love writing but I can't afford to neglect reaching out to other businesses to ensure a stream of clients. There is no guarantee of [...]

Announcing: Profile at Createxplore

Photography skillz are developing quite nicely; slowly, but surely. Finally, I have the exposure triangle figured out and I'm regularly producing images about which I'm really happy rather than a load of "meh" images and some really nice shots. I have a tripod now courtesy of birthday money and later this month I'm starting a [...]

Are You Being the Best Upwork Client You Could Possibly Be?

I turn down work for many reasons through Upwork. Leaving aside those of too low a budget and jobs for which I have no experience (I get invited to translation and PPC advertising roles for which I have no experience let alone interest), sometimes I reject them purely because of the client. If I get [...]

Don’t Ignore Fonts in Your Promotional Material

Learning how to use my DSLR properly and aiming to make some small income from it means I'm going to have to learn some skills I never previously thought I would need. Granted, I could have spent more time on marketing in the past, something I am now trying to remedy. But photography is a [...]

Subscribing to Photoshop

I finally bit that little bullet that had been nagging away at the back of my brain for weeks. It was inevitable, really. I felt there was no point trying to develop photography skills with a camera and kit that cost me the best part of £500 if i wasn't going to bother learning photo [...]