Happy Tuesday my lovelies!
Today I want to Introduce you to a new feature on the Flourishing Freelancer site – Blogging Bosses.
If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you’ll know that FF was originally created to document my blogging journey and share what I learnt with others. If you’re new here, you probably didn’t know that…but now you do!
Anyway, one thing that I’ve noticed from Facebook Groups and emails I receive, is that a lot of us feel like we’re making no progress in the early days.
Trust me, I know that feeling.
I remember the days when I questioned whether any of this was worth it. The days when I looked at every other blogger out there, thinking they were all doing a million times better than I ever could.
So, I’ve decided to start the Blogging Bosses feature for other bloggers and entrepreneurs to share their stories. For them to tell you exactly what they went through, challenges they overcame and how frickin’ awesome they’re doing!
I want the bloggers and entrepreneurs featured here to be able to celebrate themselves and their achievements and those reading to draw inspiration and confidence that they can do it too!
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the first ever Blogging Boss, Rosalind Brookman.
1. Tell us a little bit about your blog/biz
My name is Rosalind Brookman and business is freelance writing. I currently spend some of my time writing articles for big organisations but the projects I enjoy the most are writing blog posts, articles, marketing materials and profiles for small businesses. Helping them to turn the passion they have for their products or services into something that will win them clients or sales is really satisfying.
My blog is on a slightly different path: it’s a mixture of my own personal fiction writing journey and my ‘Freelancer’s Guide to Getting Out of the House’. That’s a review of various coffee shops in my local area that people who work from home can use for a change of scene!
2. What inspired you to start your own blog/biz?
The event that triggered me working for myself was my son being born (and the opportunity to leave an office job I hated) but it would definitely have been sooner if I’d figured out sooner that working for myself was a thing!
3. What were the first steps you took to put your dreams into action?
It was more of a gradual process: I was desperate not to go back to work after my maternity leave was up and my entrepreneurial cousin offered to pay me to do some proofreading. Once I’d done that the lightbulb went off and I explored what else I could do. I found a website that supported homeworkers and started voluntarily contributing content; it wasn’t long before the owner contacted me to see if I’d be interested in doing some paid work. Once I had one client it gave me the confidence to look for more. I was lucky in that my husband trained as a journalist and had some good contacts I could use. The rest have been through my own making.
4. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far and how did you overcome it?
Finding new clients. A lot of what I do are one-offs and so, especially with the internet opening the gateway for writers to advertise themselves, it can often feel like you’re constantly networking and looking for new work. I have a few regular clients but not enough so I can’t say I’ve overcome this challenge yet – but I’m working on it all the time!
5. What is your biggest achievement to date?
I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve managed to keep going for nearly six years (although I’ve gone through a lot of learning recently about how I should be running a proper business and what I actually want to be doing so it still feels pretty new) and that I’ve just about achieved the ability to work as well as look after my family/pets/house/garden without running myself into the ground!
6. What is your favourite thing about running your own blog or biz?
There are many, many positives but if I’m pushed I’d say that it’s the fact that I’m now doing what I love (writing) for a living, without having to spend my day in an office!
7. What could you, your blog or your business not function without?
My husband; he works really hard to keep the family going financially and I’m not earning enough to take some of the weight off him yet. He could, very reasonably, suggest that I get a ‘proper’ job until I have built my business up but he’s always been so supportive with what I’m doing.
8. What keeps you motivated and focused when things get tough?
My motivation is simply reminding myself how lucky I am to be able to do this. (And that if I don’t keep pushing myself then I might have to go back out into the wide world and find a job doing something I don’t like…)
My son is also a budding writer so I hope my writing will encourage him to keep at it!
9. What one thing do you wish you had known before you started out?
That it’s ok to promote yourself and tell people that you’re good at what you do! It took me a long time to realise that nobody will be able to see me if I don’t advertise the fact I’m here.
10. What does the future hold for your blog or biz?
For the business side of things I’d like to build a bigger list of regular clients and get some work on a really interesting publication. On the blog side I’d be really happy to see it read and shared on a wider scale – and I’d like to discover some quirky coffee shops for my Freelancer’s Guide to Getting Out of the House!
11. Finally, tell us one random thing about yourself!
I have an obsession with seagulls and take more photos of them when we’re on holiday than I do of my own family!
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Rosalind for her time to complete the interview with me. Oh, and also for being the first ever Blogging Boss!
If you want to know more or get in touch with Rosalind, you can reach her here:
If you’re interested in being featured as a Blogging Boss, you can find more information (along with the interview documents) here.
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