#MyDeskView: Caitlin Galer-Unti, Freelance Writer

 

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Show us a picture of your workspace and tell us about it.

My desk doesn’t have a lot on it because I find it very distracting having lots of things on my desk, so each item I have is carefully chosen. The most important items: my laptop, a TV that came with my flat which I use as an external monitor and my diary, which is on a holder I got from my great aunt (it must be fifty years old but is still in perfect condition!). I’ve also got some pens and pencils in a mug my friends gave me before I moved to Barcelona (so it makes me happy every time I see it) and a coaster for coffee, which I always need. Read More

#MyDeskView: Rhiannon Robertson, Freelance Copywriter

Show us a picture of your workspace and tell us about it.

My workspace changes often, depending on my circumstances and where I am in the world. It could be a cafe, a co-working space, a hotel room, or occasionally poolside. At the moment I’m back home in England staying with my parents, so my current workspace looks like this:

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What kind of freelance work do you do, and what made you decide to do it?

I’m a freelance copywriter, so I craft content in the style and tone of voice that fit the specific brand. I work with various clients (but mostly within the travel industry), from luxury hotels and tour companies to expat groups and hostels. Read More

Should I Charge By The Day, Hour Or Project?

by Scar de Courcier, Founder, Bohemiacademia 

Last week’s post about pricing introduced the idea of working out how much to charge for your services based on what you need to earn in order to survive (and ideally enjoy life a bit too!).

However, a lot of people get confused about which pricing structure they should use: should you charge by the hour, the day, or the project? If you’re a writer, should you charge by the word? What if you’re transcribing a video or audio file – should you charge by the minute?  Read More

Let’s Talk About Pricing

by Scar de Courcier, Founder, Bohemiacademia 

The freelance life is a complicated one, but for many it’s worth the pain of doing your own admin and being every single department because of the freedom that’s offered.

How much is your time worth? That’s what it all boils down to, in the end. But pricing is hard to work out, especially when you’re at the beginning of your freelance journey. Every industry is different, and your prices will depend on the industry you’re working in as well as the location you’re based in, your level of experience, and a number of other factors. Here is a quick guide to getting started with pricing, and to some common mistakes people make when they’re starting out.  Read More

#MyDeskView: Amy Morgan, Freelance Content Creator

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Show us a picture of your workspace and tell us about it.

My workspace varies depending on my mood, sometimes I’ll work from the garden, other times the sofa but predominantly I work from my home office. It’s only just been transformed from a junk room into an actual office, so it’s still very much a work in progress, but it’s getting there! Next on the purchase list is definitely a proper desk chair, because the wooden stool I’m currently using is not the most comfortable thing!

My office mainly consists of a large desk (which was made using a kitchen countertop and some filing cabinets to maximise storage space) and a storage unit which holds the products which I sell on my travel blog’s shop. I like working in the office because it’s quiet and as it’s a dedicated room everything is very organised. On the right-hand side of my desk I have all of the stuff pertaining to my blog and e-commerce business, such as envelopes, stamps and stationery, and on the left-hand side, I have everything pertaining to my freelance work such as stationery, paperwork and my graphics tablet. I’m a firm believer that a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind, and because I’m so easily distracted having a dedicated space for everything helps me keep my focus when working. Read More

How To Go Freelance: Q&A

Scar here, Founder of Bohemiacademia, with a repost from my personal blog. It’s not cheating if it’s relevant to freelancing, right? 😉

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Did you meticulously plan what you wanted to do before you left work or did you just bust out of the office in a flight of fancy?

Actually a bit of both. I spent two years before I left planning to be a private investigator. I did training courses and went to conferences and stuff, and spent a lot of time studying the trade. I had been planning to leave in March 2013, but a few things coincided that meant October 2012 felt better, so the final decision to leave at that specific point was quite quick, if not exactly impulsive. Read More

Why Being A Bit Of A Quirky Weirdo Can Actually Be Good For Business

Hi, it’s Scar, CEO here at Bohemiacademia. This article was originally posted on my personal blog a few years ago, but I thought I’d share it here too since it has some hopefully useful tips for client pitches and interviews.

I always used to be paranoid about interviews.

Doesn’t everyone get paranoid about interviews from time to time?

I think so.

The thing is, they’re so artificial.

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Working While You’re Travelling: Keeping Clients Happy

Hi, it’s Scar, Director here at Bohemiacademia and freelancer since 2001. I originally posted this article on my personal blog, jeviscachee.com, in 2015. Since then I’ve stopped travelling so much, but it still contains useful tips if you’re living the location-independent lifestyle, so read on if you’re a wannabe digital nomad… 


I think I always knew I wasn’t cut out for a 9-to-5 job behind a desk at someone else’s office. I did it for a while anyway, spending several years climbing the corporate ladder in an advertising agency before I realised that the nagging feeling that I was missing out on life just wouldn’t go away.

So I left to work for myself instead. So far, so normal: the freelance life is one that people seem to be choosing more and more, and in that respect, I was one of many.

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