Freelance Life At Bohemiacademia, Week 33

I am suffering a bit this morning, because I went out twice at the weekend to celebrate finishing the first draft of my novel, and that is more than my anti-social little heart can take. I also had too much wine, which might be contributing to my overall grumpiness. Nonetheless I am in the office, and unusually I am planning to spend every day here this week like a Normal Person™ because a couple of clients need some extra things in August.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office a couple of days a week.

Here’s what the team has been up to this week. Read More

Freelance Life At Bohemiacademia, Week 31

Mercifully, it is a bit cooler here this week. I am no longer suffocating in the London office (and the cat is back home, where she belongs), but I am still buried under piles of work. I’m thinking about hiring an intern to help out with a variety of smaller tasks, so if you’re interested or you know someone who might be, let me know.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office a couple of days a week.

Here’s what the team has been up to this week. Read More

Freelance Life At Bohemiacademia, Week 29

It’s 8.30pm and I’m still in the office. I’ve been here for about twelve hours, which actually isn’t that bad for a Monday. I tend to work two mammoth days in the office each week, so that on the other days I can split my time more evenly among other things. This week I’m also planning to go on holiday – I’ll be offline from Thursday-Sunday – so I have a bunch of things to get done before I can leave.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office two days a week.

Here’s what the team has been up to this week. Read More

Freelance Life At Bohemiacademia, Week 27

The year is flying by and getting hotter as it goes, at least here in London. We’ve seen record temperatures this week: 34 degrees on Saturday in West London, where I live. Luckily I managed to escape for the day and get into a nice cold sea down in Brighton, although about half the population of London had evidently had the same idea, so I spent a significant portion of my day baking on the M25 and begging my car not to break down. Today I’m back in the (mercifully air-conditioned) office.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.

Here’s what the team has been up to this week. Read More

Freelance Life At Bohemiacademia, Week 25

We are almost halfway through the year, can you believe? And still working hard here at the Bohemiacademia office. Despite creating a whole bunch of our clients, I find it’s way too easy to put off writing these weekly round-ups, hence the frequent hiatuses. But I must begin to practise what I preach, otherwise why would anyone listen to me?

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.

Here’s what the team has been up to this week. Read More

Where Has Winter Gone?

I am one of those strange people who love winter. When the days get shorter, darker and colder I rejoice. While everyone else hibernates, I go for long walks in the cold. And in the summer, when other people throw open their windows and dust off their bikini bottoms, I yank the curtains closed and want to stay in bed.

This year it’s incredibly mild for the middle of February, and I feel like I’m being cheated out of winter. This, coupled with the extra-long, extra-hot summer we had, is making me a bit grumpy.

And then I had to spend an hour on the phone to HMRC this morning, which will never ungrump anyone. So on the whole, it’s been a grumpy week. But there are nice things happening too.  Read More

Learning How To Caffeine Again

If you’re stuck on “How to caffeine” because it’s grammatically incorrect, I recommend Gretchen McCulloch’s upcoming book, Because Internet, which talks about how language changes over time and how the internet has shaped our current modes of communication.

As a proofreader and grammarian I’m happy to follow structural rules when I’m editing texts. As a linguist, however, I’m equally happy to use internetisms (and made-up words) in day-to-day life. Language is fascinating in how it evolves and changes, and all the subtle signals it gives us about in-groups and our own psychology.  Read More

Keeping Warm In The Office

It’s the start of the second month in our new office, and so far we can still afford to keep the heating on. This is good news: a small business isn’t an easy thing to be, and we had to do some financial scraping to rent the office in the first place, but thanks to a nice bank manager we did it and we’re in.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.

Last week we took on a couple of new clients, one for transcription and the other for translation.  Read More

Flowers, Facebook And Freelancing With Friends

Sometimes as a freelancer you need a little boost to keep you going. That boost can be anything, depending on what motivates you personally: for some people it’s grabbing a coffee from their favourite coffee place; for others it’s taking a two-hour lunch break to go for a walk along the canal.

For me, it’s being surrounded by things that make me smile when I look at them, and that includes people.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.  Read More