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
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
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
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.
I don’t really go in for “New Year, New Me,” partly because I think it’s probably futile and also because there’s not a lot about myself I’d like to fundamentally change. I do have some plans for the year, and a couple of things I’d like to do more of, but no resolutions as such.
Relatedly: I’ve been thinking about this tweet. Read More
Eek, it’s January: the month of making & breaking resolutions, and trying to reassure your body that you’re done with all the cheese and chocolate and you will in fact be eating vegetables sometimes now.
January’s a funny month for the team, because traditionally it’s quiet client-wise but it’s been very busy in terms of work peripherals. So while we haven’t had a huge amount to do per se, I have spent excessive amounts of time in the office, setting up. Read More
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
This week I am limping along on my backup computer because my main computer died. I’m awaiting delivery of a hopefully more reliable machine, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about what to do when the things you rely on physically break down.
…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.