A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer

As a freelancer, I can work from anywhere. While I spend most of my time sat at my desk at home working, I do carry my work with me when I leave the house and you’ll often catch me sending invoices or emails from coffee shops, checking social media or checking if invoices have been paid.

A day in my life can certainly vary. Some days – like yesterday – can be super quiet whereas days like today I can feel overwhelmed with work as the emails and messages come flooding in. Working for yourself can be a stressful time. You need to make sure you earn enough money to pay the bills on time but sometimes the work just isn’t there and other times your invoices don’t get paid on time and you have to chase them in order to pay your bills on time.

This doesn’t often happen to me but it has occasionally and it can bring so much stress to the table. Since I carry my work outside of the house with me too, I need to make sure my possessions are protected should the worst happen – In My Bag are so handy in this respect, insuring and protecting the devices I carry around with me. My phone has broken before and I had no protection for it and no money to get a new one at the time or get it fixed- it was so hard to keep on top of work without it so I always make sure my possessions are protected now.

A typical day in the life for me usually consists of taking Jack to school then putting Olivia down for a nap whilst I answer some emails and get any work done that needs to be completed that day. It can be tough working around a newborn but somehow you just make it work. When she wakes, I give her the attention she needs but will still answer urgent emails if required. I keep updated whilst collecting Jack from school and then use the evening when they are both asleep to get the majority of my work done. Sometimes I am lucky and can get it all done in the daytime but sometimes the evenings just have to give – and that’s okay. That’s the beauty of working for yourself – you can work whenever, wherever.

I’m not going to lie, working for myself can be stressful but I love it – it gives me so much freedom and I get to spend quality time with my children too. Would you ever consider it?

 

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#UKBloggerLife Round-Up | Week 1

Last weekend Sarah and I launched a new Instagram community #UKBloggerLife and we both couldn’t be more thrilled with the reception it’s received with over 100 link ups in the first week! We’ve tried to comment on all photos but please forgive us if we haven’t got round to you yet!
It is so exciting to see all the different niches coming together and connecting with the hashtag and boy has it been hard to choose just 4 pictures this week!
As part of it each week we will bring you 4 photos – I’m not going to say they are our favourites, because I know I personally love so many of them, so it is just a collection, to show the sort of things going on.
This week my four picks are:
Top Left: @spicers1976 – how beautiful is this peacock? | Top Right: @mummy.mimi.x this made me so hungry, it looks so delicious!
Bottom Left: @winnettes just how beautiful? | Bottom Right: @mymummyspennies – how cool is this picture?
I really look forward to seeing what the next week brings our #UKBloggers – please do come and join in over at #UKBloggerLife 😃

New Instagram Community – #UKBloggerLife

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and after a chat with my blogging partner in crime Sarah, we have decided to launch a brand new Instagram community, #UKBloggerLife. Why this hashtag? Well, Sarah came to me with the idea of the Official UK Bloggers Facebook group and website many moons ago and I thought she was onto a winner – and look what a success she has made of it.

Now with Instagram community hashtags being used frequently, we wanted one for all the bloggers we know, that everyone can use. There are so many hashtag communities out there for parenting bloggers but nothing that spans every niche so we thought #UKBloggerLife would be great for any UK blogger to share any aspect of their life, whether it be a day out with the children, a snapshot of their pet, a recipe they’ve created or something they’ve crafted. The possibilities are endless.

Every week, we will be picking our four favourite pictures that have used the hashtag each, tagging the accounts that the photos came from. As we said, this is for all UK bloggers so we can’t wait to see the variety of photos to come. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Guest Post // Becoming A Blogger

Today I am welcoming the lovely Angela from The Inspiration Edit – one of my favourite blogs at the moment as it has such a wide variety of content that is always of interest – why not head on over and have a read?

I’m really excited to be writing a guest post all about becoming a blogger. This week is my two year anniversary blogging and boy has it been a roller coaster ride.

I first set up a blog called Daysinbed which was primarily about my experience as a sick mother with chronic illness trying to manage family life. My blog grew and began to get popular.

I loved my first blog and even won an award however after 20 months I decided it was time to focus more on inspiration, family life and fun ideas so I recently changed domains and started afresh with The Inspiration Edit.

Over the past two years I’ve learnt so much. I had no idea what I was doing back when I begun. I had never used twitter, didn’t know what SEO was, google analytics or Instagram. It’s been one massive learning curve and I feel like my knowledge has grown beyond measure.

Blogging has become a passion for me. It’s my therapy and something I love to do. I feel passionate about writing and love to share my thoughts and ideas.

I love engaging with my audience and using my blog to help and inspire others. I spent a lot of time in the first 20 months writing about chronic illness and while this has taken a back seat it’s still something I touch on every now and again.

Blogging has brought fantastic opportunities to my family. Of course I have to work really hard and nothing comes easy but the more work I put in the more I get out.

I think writing and sharing experiences can really benefit and help others as well as myself. It gives me a chance to reflect on life, on family and the daily issues we face.

I recently asked myself what makes a blog successful? To some it’s about money and earning. To others it’s about popularity and acknowledgement. For some bloggers success is about providing opportunities and doing things you otherwise might not afford. For me the number one thing that defines my success is how my blog is able to inspire and help others.

I want my blog to become a resource to inspire families and help individuals going through similar life experiences as me. Hence the name The Inspiration Edit and my recent change in direction.

I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go but I’m so exciting to be working as a blogger. I’m looking forward to putting my 2017 plans in place and seeing my blog blossom.

Writing can really be a lot of fun as can social media, photography and graphic design. I love it all and can’t wait to see what opportunities come my way this year as I share parts of my life with others.

Are you a blogger or blog reader? What do you love about blogs?

My Top 5 Posts of 2016

After seeing the ever lovely Kim share her top posts of 2016, I thought it would be a nice touch to post my top five posts of the past year on the very last day of 2016. I’ve checked my Google Analytics for this information and removed any giveaways, sponsored posts and reviews to see what my best organic content was. I may do a separate post in the new year about my top read review posts but I am unsure as of yet.

So what were my top 5 posts?

Top was my post Does Slimming World Really Work? I was actually surprised this was top but then thought about it realised Slimming World is probably quite a well searched key word and that could be why this ranks so highly.

Second was our pregnancy announcement. I knew this would be in the top 5 as it had has been having consistent traffic for months – especially as I kept it ‘sticky’ at the top of my blog for quite some time.

Third (and my most recent post) was my mother and baby gift guide this Christmas. Apparently a lot of people were searching for presents for new mums and their babies this year!

Coming in fourth was my 10 ideas for extra income. Everyone likes to make more money so I am not surprised by this one.

Finally, my fifth most popular post this year was a post that is over four years old – our classic chocolate cake (with a twist). Who would have thought this would still be so popular? I know this wasn’t posted this year but I find it amazing that such an old post is still bringing in such good traffic!

Have you thought about looking up your top 5 posts of 2016? What do you think would feature on yours?