I’ve said goodbye to my web content writing offering. It’s time to move on, change, and re-focus.
To embrace the unfolding adventures of the next stage of my life, to enjoy being a Granny, to have more adventures in Dolly the Caddy Camper, to move more and sit less.
My 5 top freelance achievements:
- Working on some amazing projects with www.bluesail.com. And being part of a team that helped tourism officers in London to focus on their tourism offerings, that wrote useful ‘How To’ guides for tourism & marketing officers, and that created, launched, wrote, and edited the North East Tourism Toolkit website for North East tourism businesses.
- Connecting and working with wonderful colleagues and clients. Amanda Shepherd and her team at Blue Sail, all of my ex-colleagues at VisitBrighton, the team at nVisage, Adam and Laurie at Press Choice, Govind at Freedom Holidays, Dan at Davanco Leisure, and many more.
- Working alongside wonderful content writers – Christina at Brittle Star, Lauren Smith at The Original Wordsmith, Jamie Scott at Just Add Words, and freelance writer Dan Tester.
- Being advised by Dawn at Migrate Media and Adam at Giganaut who have guided and developed my online presence from day one with a website that has consistently ranked Page 1 for search term web content writer
- Being flexible with where I worked. In 14 years I moved from Sussex to Staffordshire and back down to Sussex. My desk space has varied from.. being in a cupboard, overlooking a snowy courtyard, round the corner from an 11th century ruined castle, close to a warming open-fire, in libraries, in a little village in Oxfordshire, and in a basement in Hove.
My 3 freelance side-lines:
- I trained to become a NIA Blue Belt Teacher and taught 2 NIA classes a week. Oh what wonderful people I met and danced with.
- I combined freelance with part-time work. Working at a beautiful dance space, Deda, in Derby. Working at Structural Engineers Hemsley Orrell Partnership in Hove, And working at the NHS in Lancing and Sussex.
- I project managed the launch of an online family tree, and helping my now deceased cousin, James Gibbs, to sell and find homes for his beautiful fish paintings.
My top 2 freelance lessons:
- Learning to develop a ‘never give up’ attitude. I kept going with projects at the most difficult of times. To make ends meet and alongside my web content writing, I’ve done cold-calling, database research, deadline-driven transcription work, and on-street surveys. And I’ve learnt how to do my own online tax returns.
- Learning that freelance working is both free-ing and tie-ing. Free-ing in that I can work when and where I want, tie-ing in that if I don’t do the work I don’t get paid. My time and energy has ultimately been tied to projects.
- encourages us to go out of our comfort zones
- teaches us to be flexible
- reveals our strengths
- encourages us to be more compassionate
- breaks up routines
- offers opportunities
- encourages us to re-invent ourselves and reminds us of our passions
My new beginnings:
I’m letting go of the web content writing, and I’m inviting in time for:
- being a Granny
- adventuring in Dolly the Caddy Camper
- being creative
- finding new ways of ‘moving’
- spending time with family
- hugging more trees
- helping our precious green spaces
Thank you to everyone who has been part of my freelance journey since 2006, what an amazing journey it’s been.
Change made it happen.