Christmas Plans

What are you planning to do over the holiday period? Does it involve lots of drinking whilst desperately trying to still keep on top of your inbox?

For freelancers, the holiday period can be a difficult thing to navigate. You probably can’t pass your entire business over to someone else, and virtual assistants who are willing to work the whole period are hard to find (but not impossible, so that’s something to consider).

In this post I thought we’d talk about why it’s so hard to deal with the holidays as a freelancer or small business owner, and what you can do about it.

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It’s The End Of November Already

…which means it’s the time of year when even scrooges like me can’t get annoyed that people are in the Christmas spirit. After all, it’s only a few weeks away.

We’ll be providing a limited service over the holiday period, but in the meantime it’s full steam ahead for all our teams.

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Winter Is Coming

Hello everyone, I hope you have had an enjoyable week. I currently have a cold, which is quite annoying, but it is to be expected with the onset of the colder weather. Luckily, working from home means that (a) I won’t be infecting any coworkers and (b) I can make myself as many mugs of Lemsip as I want.

We’ve had a fairly quiet week here at Bohemiacademia. November-December are often quieter months, as clients are winding down for the Christmas period, and then in January there’s the mad rush when everyone goes back to work.

Garreth and Jackie have been transcribing various things this week: some videos of a conference which Michelle put together; Carlie’s podcast episodes for one of our clients; and various webinars which people send to us to transcribe.

Transcription is a great way to make sure more people can access your video and audio content. Not only does it mean that those with hearing problems can enjoy it too, it also works well for SEO, as it ensures keywords are being scanned by search engines’ crawlers.

I’ve been doing a bit of proofreading this week, as usual; I’ve been focusing on proofreading in French while Johanna deals with proofreading in English.

I’ve also been chasing some client accounts – the less glamorous part of freelance life is trying to stay on top of what you’re owed, and by whom. We are lucky in that most of our clients pay on time (or even early!), but sometimes people need a little nudge.

The social media management team are hard at work as always – take a look at what Emma has been doing with a client’s Instagram account:

Kathy has been hard at work on Pinterest; having grown one client’s following by 12,000 subscribers over the course of a year, she’s now looking at ways to increase it even further.

On Facebook, our team of administrators and moderators have been looking after groups and pages, checking in daily to combat spam and make sure our clients’ groups remain useful, interesting places for people to converse.

Although they’re not as popular as other social networks, LinkedIn and GooglePlus are also places where we share our clients’ articles and keep people up to date with news in their industries. LinkedIn groups can be a great place to focus some attention, especially if you run a B2B company or if you’re in a technical industry.

Our writers are hard at work as always, of course, writing articles for clients across several different sectors. We can also source interviewees for clients, looking for people in relevant industries whose expertise and opinions might give a boost to reader numbers.

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Is It Winter Yet?

Things are getting quieter here at Bohemiacademia as the year gradually draws to a close. Winter is my personal favourite time of year – I love how fresh everything feels when the air is cold, especially in the mornings, and the dark evenings make my house feel cozy and cocoon-like. Except that I’m renovating, so currently it’s more like a cocoon of dust.

The French translation team gets by far the most work of all the translation teams – quite why this is, I’m not sure. Over the past week or so they’ve been translating and proofreading documents for clients in the aeronautical engineering sector.

Social media remains a focal point of the business, with freelancers working across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Plus for several clients. Currently we manage over 200 Facebook presences, including profiles, groups and pages. As you can imagine, this takes a concerted, coordinated effort to keep running each month, but most of our freelancers have several years’ experience in managing social accounts so for them it’s no problem. Often our freelancers have been members of their specialist social network since it was first founded, and have followed the various bugs, features, improvements and user irritations over the years.

But words are our first love, of course. Our writers have been turning over articles in the travel and lifestyle sectors, as well as a few special features for Hallowe’en and fireworks night. Once an article has been written, it gets sent across to the proofreaders and editors for a check before it goes to the client. Some clients prefer us to send articles to them, which they then post; other clients prefer to just give us access to their websites and let us post and share articles ourselves. We strive to be as flexible as possible as we understand that each client’s needs will be different. If there’s one thing freelancers understand, it’s the importance of flexibility!

This week I’ll be focusing on some business admin, especially in the area of finances – I need to chase a couple of late payments and make sure our accounts are all up to date.

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What we’ve been up to this week

Hello everyone! How are you? I’d assumed no one was really reading these weekly missives, but we’ve had a couple of enquiries over the past few days coming through the site so perhaps people do look at them after all.

Today in London the sky looks like this:

This seems to be making some people assume it’s the apocalypse, but of course freelancers deal with all sorts of weird stuff on a daily basis so a little apocalypse won’t stop us working.

It’s been a busy week here at Bohemiacademia – or perhaps I should say ‘everywhere at Bohemiacademia’, since we don’t have a single office.

I’m writing this from my home office, which is in my kitchen, smushed up against the fridge-freezer. On the desk next to the to-do pile is a speaker, which is currently pumping out a cheesy 90s playlist. DON’T JUDGE ME IT’S KEEPING ME GOING. There’s also a bunch of flowers and a card with a pink flamingo wearing sunglasses. All of these things are making me smile as I go about my day.

Other freelancers will be working from their kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, local coffee shops, libraries, coworking spaces… all over the place. In a few weeks’ time we’ll be starting an interview series in which freelancers will be giving you a glimpse into their lives, so you should be able to see where people work from and how they structure their time.

In the meantime, however, we’ve been working on a number of projects.

Our French translation team have been very busy this week. One client needed a full website translation; one needed a full website proofreading service; a third needed some documents translated with a very quick turnaround time; and a fourth needed a bit of editing. The projects have all been completed now, and are being compiled and sent back to the client today.

Carlie has been busy interviewing people for a client’s podcast; this week she’s focusing on health insurance and life in the Netherlands. Once she’s done, our transcription team will take over and type up the interviews for the hearing impaired.

Our social media team have been hard at work as always: Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus, and LinkedIn are the accounts we’re currently managing for our clients.

Of course, writing makes up a huge chunk of our work too; this week Garreth, Debbie, Nichola, Steve and Bella have been sending over features to be proofread by Johanna before being posted on our clients’ websites.

Scar has been interviewing people about digital forensics, pitching projects to potential clients, and having calls with current clients about plans for the next few months.

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