Blogging Bosses

  • Blogging Bosses – An Interview with Caitlin from Desk Life Project

    Hello wonderful bloggers and entrepreneurs!

    Welcome to the seventh instalment of Blogging Bosses. A place for bloggers and entrepreneurs to celebrate themselves and their achievements, as well as offering inspiration to others.

    In case you missed it, scroll down to the bottom of the post to catch up with older instalments.

    So, we’ll get straight into this month’s bad-ass blogger interview – Caitlin from Desk Life Project.

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    **This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here**

    Tell Us a Little Bit About Your Blog/Biz

    I’m a freelance copywriter and social media manager, and I run a blog called Desk Life Project about freelance life, being an entrepreneur and working from around the world. It’s really taken off over the last few months, and I’m hoping to grow the community even more.

    What Inspired You to Start Your Own Blog/Biz?

    I previously worked as the Content Manager for one of the fastest growing beauty brands in the UK, which was an amazing role, but as you can imagine, very busy and draining! I ended up burning out and decided I wanted to become self-employed to improve my work-life balance and work with a variety of clients. Desk Life Project then began as a little blog on the side of my freelance life, but since launching it’s become rather popular, and we now have a few contributing writers involved which is exciting.

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    What Were the First Steps Your Took to Put Your Dreams into Action?

    I knew that I needed to make a change when I was still working in my full-time role and made a plan that would allow me to go freelance in around 2 months. It wasn’t set in stone, as I did go back and forth about handing in my notice many times, but in the end, it felt like the right decision. I worked on putting all of the relevant work I had done over the years into an online portfolio, contacted everyone I knew that ran a business to let them know that I would soon be available for freelance projects, and began reaching out to brands that I liked. I gave myself weekly goals of how many people to contact, and in the end, I managed to get enough initial clients to confidently cover all of the expenses that I had, which was a great way to begin.

     

     

    What is the Biggest Challenge You’ve Faced so Far and How Did You Overcome it?

    The first ever client I took on turned out to be a bad one. I put in more time and effort working on their project than I should have because it was my first job and I wanted to make sure I did the very best work I could. We had a contract, so I had done everything the right way, but in the end, they took my work, stopped contacting me and eventually refused to pay me. That was my first, and thankfully the only experience of a dishonest client so far, but it definitely took a lot out of me emotionally. I think you have to be prepared for things like that to happen when you work freelance, so if I had to give any advice it would be to always have a contract in place to cover yourself.

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    What is Your Biggest Achievement to Date?

    One of my goals as a freelancer was to become location independent and travel while I worked. I had also always wanted to write a book, so during my first year of freelancing, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I managed to take on enough clients, travel Central America for over two months, and finish the first draft of a novel. It’s been a busy year, but one of my best!

     

    What is Your Favourite Thing About Running Your Own Blog/Biz?

    Seeing Desk Life Project go from a couple of views here and there to thousands of visitors has been really exciting, and having the time each day to work on it and interact with readers is great, something I wouldn’t have been able to do when I was working full-time. I think for me having this positive work-life balance has been my favourite thing about being self-employed, as now I feel so much healthier and able to go after what I want.

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    What Could You/Your Blog Your Business Not Function Without?

    The London creative scene! Working alone from home would get old really quickly if I didn’t have so many self-employed friends around me working on amazing creative projects. I’m lucky enough to have met a lot of great people who are quick to help each other out, which I’m very grateful for.

     

    What Keeps You Motivated and Focused When Things Get Tough?

    It’s so easy to get caught up in a project and allow it to start eating into your personal time, but I think at the end of the day you have to set aside certain hours to spend with other people and do things away from your laptop screen, or your motivation and focus will slowly deplete. If I start to feel a little run down, I always go for a walk during the day and listen to a podcast. I still feel like I’m learning for my business, but I’m out in the fresh air and it makes me feel so much better.

     

    What One Thing do You Wish You Had Known Before You Started Out?

    Don’t feel like you need to follow the path that someone else has taken or judge your own success against theirs. I spent a long time feeling like I wouldn’t be successful until I had landed huge clients and corporations, but now I understand that it’s not where my interest lies. I’m passionate about working with startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs to take their vision to the next level, and I’m learning to own that. Just because I’m not copywriting for Coca-Cola doesn’t mean that I’m failing. I’ve met some amazing people doing what I do, and wish I’d learned to appreciate that sooner.

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    What Does the Future Hold for Your Blog/Biz?

    Hopefully more travelling in the future, and working with even more exciting clients! I’ve been lucky enough to work with so many entrepreneurs just starting their businesses, and I’ve loved being able to help them grow so I’d like to do more of this. Also, Desk Life Project is growing quickly, and we have a few exciting things in the pipeline that I’m hoping to share with our community very soon.

     

    Finally, Tell us One Random Thing About Yourself!

    Whenever I travel somewhere new I like to bring home a snow globe. I don’t remember the exact number I have now but it’s over 40!

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    A huge thank you to Caitlin for taking the time to share her story with us!

    If you want to know more or get in touch with Caitlin you can reach her here:

    Blog: http://www.desklifeproject.co.uk/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/desklifeproject/

    Caitlin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caitmca/

    Desk Life Project’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/desklifeproject/

     

    If you’ve missed the older episodes of Blogging Bosses, you can catch up with them here:

    One – Rosalind Brookman

    Two – Ana from The She Approach

    Three – Sammy from Well and Wealthy

    Four – Alethea from See girl Work

    Five – Lauretta from Home and Horizon

    Six – Tanethia from Queendom Reigns

     

    If you’re interested in being featured as a Blogging Boss, you can find more information (along with the interview documents) here.



  • Blogging Bosses – An Interview with Tanethia from Queendom Reigns

    Hello wonderful bloggers and entrepreneurs!

    Welcome to the sixth installment of Blogging Bosses. A place for bloggers and entrepreneurs to celebrate themselves and their achievements, as well as offering inspiration to others.

    In case you missed it, you can read older installments here:

    One – Rosalind Brookman

    Two – Ana from The She Approach

    Three – Sammy from Well and Wealthy

    Four – Alethea from See girl Work

    Five – Lauretta from Home and Horizon

    So, we’ll get straight into this month’s bad-ass blogger interview – Tanethia from Queendom Reigns.

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    **This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here**

    Tell Us a Little Bit About Your Blog/Biz

    I take a holistic approach in life. My mantra and Bible verse I live by is “Beloved, I pray above all things you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:4). My blog isn’t about religion but living a life that’s whole. I attempt to use this platform to encourage and empower women to live a life that’s mind-blowing by showcasing my life’s ups and downs.

    What Inspired You to Start Your Own Blog/Biz

    There came a point in my life where I was depressed and thought about suicide. I had to get out of that dark place, so I cried out to God quite a few nights, telling him I needed a deeper spiritual connection. I knew there was more to life that I could experience. Blogging came to me during self-introspection since I love to write. So here I am!

    What Were the First Steps Your Took to Put Your Dreams into Action?

    I started a year ago but was inactive because I wasn’t motivated and totally lost. Then I became reinvigorated when I kept being advertised to from It’s a Lovely Life™ bloggers to take their course to Start a Money Making Blog.

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    What is the Biggest Challenge You’ve Faced so Far and How Did You Overcome it?

    Oh hell! Where do I begin? Starting out as an entrepreneur is a challenge in itself. I am trying to find my footing. I am trying to learn as much as I can. In a saturated market, I am trying to create my individuality/brand, while simultaneously expand my reach. I just went full throttle with this thing back in December 2017.

    What is Your Biggest Achievement to Date?

    Out of a random act of kindness, I was nominated by Jennifer Pompaski for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

    What is Your Favourite Thing About Running Your Own Blog/Biz?

    I can visualize the independence I can have as a mother. The earning potential is truly limitless I am learning. Plus, I dictate my time and I place a value on my worth.

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    What Could You/Your Blog Your Business Not Function Without?

    My blog can’t function without me. And I can’t function without coffee, but I am allergic to drinking coffee, though. Ain’t that some shit! I get abscesses in my armpits and groin area when I consume caffeine. I talk about it on my blog.

    What Keeps You Motivated and Focused When Things Get Tough?

    My three-year-old daughter and hope in a better future keep me going. I visualize getting out of the rate race and traveling whenever the hell I want. I visualize not living paycheck-to-paycheck anymore.

    What One Thing do You Wish You Had Known Before You Started Out?

    I should’ve kept going when I started my blog over a year ago. I would’ve been further along in my business and journey. However, the one thing I try not to do is live a life of regret. Oh, and had I known Twitter was the shit, I would’ve tapped in a long time ago. I had no idea Twitter was excellent for bloggers in terms of so much unsolicited advice, resources and love.

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    What Does the Future Hold for Your Blog/Biz?

    Oh, honey! I’m gonna be so paid. My income will surpass my income as a Registered nurse. With that financial freedom, aside from my personal ventures, I want to be able to bless women in any way I can using my platform to host intimate conventions, help women heal and show women how to get paid – become their own boss.

    Finally, Tell us One Random Thing About Yourself!

    I served in the US Army for 15 years. I got out as a Staff Sergeant. I’m pretty transparent on my blog so I don’t have too many things that are hidden in my life.

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    A huge thank you to Tanethia for taking the time to share her story with us!

    If you want to know more or get in touch with Tanethia you can reach her here:

    Blog: https://queendomreigns.com/

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queen.tanethia

    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OMG_its_misst

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladytanethia

    If you’re interested in being featured as a Blogging Boss, you can find more information (along with the interview documents) here.



  • Blogging Bosses – An Interview with Alethea Robinson from See Girl Work

    Hello wonderful bloggers and entrepreneurs!

    Welcome to the fourth instalment of Blogging Bosses. A place for bloggers and entrepreneurs to celebrate themselves and their achievements, as well as offering inspiration to others.

    In case you missed it, you can read older instalments here:

    One – Rosalind Brookman

    Two – Ana from The She Approach

    Three – Sammy from Well and Wealthy

    So, we’ll get straight into this month’s bad-ass blogger interview – Alethea from See Girl Work.

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    **This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here**

    Tell Us a Little Bit About Your Blog/Biz

    See Girl Work is a curation of work and lifestyle content for creative, entrepreneurial-minded women doing it for themselves. We publish content related to freelance living, entrepreneurship, and career strategies. We also feature profiles and interviews with women who are creating their own lifestyles on their own terms.

    What Inspired You to Start Your Own Blog/Biz

    I originally started See Girl Work as a way to market my small business and meet other entrepreneurial-minded women. Since then we’ve grown into a content hub, resource centre, and a growing community of makers, creators, freelancers and service providers.

    Our mission is to close the knowledge between those who have figured it out and those who are striving to create a life that they can live on their own terms.

    What Were the First Steps Your Took to Put Your Dreams into Action?

    One of my first steps I took in building my creative business was to find my tribe. I knew what I didn’t know and being able to connect with others who were already on their way was incredibly helpful for me.




    What is the Biggest Challenge You’ve Faced so Far and How Did You Overcome it?

    One of the biggest challenges for me was wanting to do everything. But it was a stage I had to go through in order to figure out what I didn’t like and what I was super passionate about. Over the last six months, I’ve been really focused on honing in on my niche and being super targeted about the brand, what we’re about and how we can provide value to our audience.

    What is Your Biggest Achievement to Date?

    My biggest professional achievements was being profiled by PayPal in one of their small business spotlights. It led to an opportunity to be featured in two national Canadian newspaper articles.

    I am also proud of hosting two networking events last year. I super pumped to be in the midst of planning our next round of programming for 2018.

    What is Your Favourite Thing About Running Your Own Blog/Biz?

    Leading and being my own driving force.

    What Could You/Your Blog Your Business Not Function Without?

    Our loyal community of readers, subscribers, followers and listeners.

    What Keeps You Motivated and Focused When Things Get Tough?

    Ha Ha! Same response as #7. Getting notes, emails and comments from our online community always keeps me going when things get tough, hard, expensive, complex or long.




    What One Thing do You Wish You Had Known Before You Started Out?

    When  I first started out I wish I had known how expensive the first few years would be. It’s not just about starting a free blog online and registering a domain name for $20. Producing interesting content, creating experiences and building an engaged audience takes time, consistency, commitment and money.

    What Does the Future Hold for Your Blog/Biz?

    My goals for the future include working with more brands to create exciting experiences for our community, doing more video content and collaborating with other creatives. In 2018, we’ll be hosting two networking events and a blogging masterclass workshop.

    Finally, Tell us One Random Thing About Yourself!

    I really am shy.

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    A huge thank you to Alethea for taking the time to share her story with us!

    If you want to know more or get in touch with Alethea, you can reach her here:

    Blog: https://seegirlwork.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seegirlwork

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/seegirlwork

    Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/seegirlwork

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/seegirlwork

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/see-girl-work

    If you’re interested in being featured as a Blogging Boss, you can find more information (along with the interview documents) here.



  • Blogging Bosses – An Interview with Sammy from Well and Wealthy

    Hello wonderful bloggers and entrepreneurs!

    Welcome to the third instalment of Blogging Bosses. A place for bloggers and entrepreneurs to celebrate themselves and their achievements, as well as offering inspiration to others.

    In case you missed it, you can read older instalments here:

    Episode One – Rosalind Brookman

    Episode Two – Ana from The She Approach

    So, we’ll get straight into this month’s bad-ass blogger interview – Sammy from Well and Wealthy.

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    **This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here**

    Tell Us a Little Bit About Your Blog/Biz

    I’m Sammy and I write about personal finance, blogging, early retirement and wellness on Well and Wealthy. I’m also using the blog to document my journey from quitting the 9 to 5 to making a living from blogging, building up my wealth, reaching financial independence and early retirement.

    What Inspired You to Start Your Own Blog/Biz

    Michelle from Making Sense of Cent’s income reports; I saw how much money she was making each month from running her own personal finance blog and how many people she was able to help and I just knew I wanted to do something similar. Previously I had worked in debt collection and found that I really loved helping people sort out their money. A personal finance blog seemed perfect!

    What Were the First Steps Your Took to Put Your Dreams into Action?

    I think I must have read every bloggers income report going to understand how the blogging business worked. I intended to build up my blog slowly as a side hustle, then I unexpectedly quit my 9 to 5 job after a serious period of depression and other health issues which meant I just couldn’t go into work. At that point, I knew I needed to make blogging work for me as it was a job I could do from home when I felt well enough that also centred on my strengths and had real progression. So I signed up to SiteGround and just kind of jumped!




    What is the Biggest Challenge You’ve Faced so Far and How Did You Overcome it?

    Getting traffic to my site has been most difficult. I have never studied or worked in marketing, which is a lot of what blogging comes down to so I have really had to educate myself from scratch.

    I don’t think I’ve fully overcome this challenge yet but I’m definitely working on it. I’ve had just over 500 page views since my site has been live (1st June to 26th June 2017), which I’m okay with for my first month. Joining Pinterest groups has really helped as has promoting in Facebook groups.

    What is Your Biggest Achievement to Date?

    I had my first affiliate sale yesterday (25th June 2017) in my first month of blogging! It’s only £30 but it just does actually show that you can make money doing this and soon!

    What is Your Favourite Thing About Running Your Own Blog/Biz?

    The flexibility and actually doing something that helps others. The flexibility is great because I can make decisions when to work such as and when I’m most productive. I always felt that the 9 to 5 work environment was very controlling because I couldn’t work when and how I knew I was most productive and creative!

    Actually being able to help others is also unbelievably satisfying. It’s just so wonderful to know that you are doing meaningful work that can only be of benefit to your customers/readers.

    What Could You/Your Blog Your Business Not Function Without?

    My trusty MacBook Air, I couldn’t imagine doing this much work on a computer or laptop that wasn’t fast and reliable!

    What Keeps You Motivated and Focused When Things Get Tough?

    A combination of previous wins, others bloggers income report, blog business insights and my boyfriend. Sometimes it really helps to go over your previous achievements and remember how impossible it felt before you had that win. It’s amazing how all of a sudden everything can change.

    Seeing how other bloggers dealt with set backs and tough times and then seeing how far they have come since really helps too.

    Plus my boyfriend pumps me up and has full faith in me that I can achieve my blogging goals. For me having that someone who believes in you can be a total game changer, whether they are your partner, friend, family or a coach.




    What One Thing do You Wish You Had Known Before You Started Out?

    That it really is possible to make money. Until you make your own, even if it’s only a couple of cents or pence you never quite believe that it’s possible. But once you know, I think it really boosts your confidence and convinces you to go for it!

    What Does the Future Hold for Your Blog/Biz?

    My goodness who knows! I hope a wonderful tribe of readers who I get to help every day and a good income so I can reach my financial independence goals!

    I plan to bring out some budgeting products to really help people get a good hold of their finances. It would be amazing to do that!

    Finally, Tell us One Random Thing About Yourself!

    I love keeping chickens and growing vegetables, not the most standard hobby for someone in their twenties!

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    A huge thank you to Sammy for taking the time to share her story with us!

    If you want to know more or get in touch with Sammy, you can reach her here:

    Blog: http://wellandwealthy.org

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wellandwealthy.org

    Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/wellandwealthy/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wellandwealthy_/

    If you’re interested in being featured as a Blogging Boss, you can find more information (along with the interview documents) here.



  • Blogging Bosses – An Interview with Ana from The She Approach

    Hello wonderful bloggers and entrepreneurs!

    Welcome to the second instalment of Blogging Bosses. A place for bloggers and entrepreneurs to celebrate themselves and their achievements, as well as offering inspiration to others.

    In case you missed it, you can read the first instalment here.

    So, we’ll get straight into this month’s bad-ass blogger interview – Ana from The She Approach.

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    Tell Us a Little Bit About Your Blog/Biz

    Hi there! My name is Ana and I run The She Approach, a blog aimed at inspiring and empowering women to speak out online through blogging. I use my website as a platform where I document my own blogging journey and talk about what strategies worked for me, blogging, social media or marketing wise. I do not claim to know it all, but I greatly enjoy writing about what bring me results in the blogging world and hope to inspire others who are just starting out or are looking to take their blog to the next level.

    What Inspired You to Start Your Own Blog/Biz

    I am passionate about cheering women on and helping them thrive in the online world, which is why I started by blog.

    I’ve always been a blogger. I love writing and I initially started off The She Approach as a lifestyle blog, but quickly realised that my passion lies in helping other people by sharing my own experience, so I rebranded.

    What Were the First Steps Your Took to Put Your Dreams into Action?

    I wasn’t sure what I wanted to achieve by investing hours and days on end on my blog at first, which is why I had to create a vision map and that brought some clarity to my goals.

    After that, I had to just start somewhere. So I started my blog, purchased my hosting and started to create content.




    What is the Biggest Challenge You’ve Faced so Far and How Did You Overcome it?

    The biggest challenge I had to face was the thought that there were already millions of blogs out there that were approaching the same subjects I was. I was fearful of being just another blog lost as sea and that I had nothing unique to offer.

    It’s an ugly fear and almost got the best of me. But upon talking to a few of my blogger friends and getting some good advice, I realised that we all have something unique to offer and that even if I offer blogging advice, I have my own blogging journey and my own experience to share.

    What is Your Biggest Achievement to Date?

    Blogging wise, I just launched my first ebook and it feels unreal! I’ve always wanted to be an author and the fact that I was able to share my blogging experience with people and help them get more blog traffic and recognition for their amazing content was a huge accomplishment for me!

    What is Your Favourite Thing About Running Your Own Blog/Biz?

    I love the freedom of expression that I get with having my own blog and side hustle. I love being able to make mistakes and having to answer to now one but me. And I love the community of solopreneurs out there that understand your struggle and lift you up when you need to as well.

    What Could You/Your Blog Your Business Not Function Without?

    I don’t think my blog would be the same without my amazing theme from Themeforest or my stock photos from Color U Bold. I actually have an entire resource library filled with tools and resources I use to run my blog and business and I updated it periodically with freebies.

    What Keeps You Motivated and Focused When Things Get Tough?

    I am a very forward thinker and future-focused person. So for me, setting goals and writing them down helps a lot in terms of getting stuff done.

    Setting deadlines for myself also helps and even if life gets in the way or I have days where I doubt myself and my content, I manage to power through by getting back to my “why”.

    Why did I start to do this in the first place? Why do I love it? And why would others benefit from what I’m doing and so on.




    What One Thing do You Wish You Had Known Before You Started Out?

    I wish I knew the tech side isn’t so scary. I am not the most technologically advanced person and the thought of creating my own website and making it look professional terrified me.

    The truth is, it’s always easier that you imagine it to be and there are so many resources out there that can help you along the way.

    What Does the Future Hold for Your Blog/Biz?

    I have big plans for my blog. In fact, I am taking a year off university to pursue my digital career. I am planning to launch one more ebook and a course in the following year and offer my VA and blog coaching services in the near future.

    The thought of starting blogging workshops in my city and helping others this way has also crossed my mind.

    Long story short, I want more than just be a full-time blogger. I want to be able to actually reach out to other people and help them rock the digital world.

    Finally, Tell us One Random Thing About Yourself!

    My personality type classifies me as a “Logician”, a thing I only share with 3% of the population. To skip the nerdy talk,  that means I love observing patterns and creating systems and nothing brings me more satisfaction that clicking that final puzzle piece into place. (I guess this explains my passion for figuring out what brings the best results online, blogging and business wise.)

    I also have an adorable staffy puppy brought on by my sudden decision that I can no longer live my life without a dog surrounding me 24/7. (Best decision I ever made!)Blogging Bosses - Episode Two

    A huge thank you to Ana for taking the time to share her story with us!

    If you want to know more or get in touch with Ana, you can reach her here:

    Blog: http://www.thesheapproach.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesheapproach

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesheapproach

    Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/thesheapproach/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesheapproach/

     

    If you’re interested in being featured as a Blogging Boss, you can find more information (along with the interview documents) here.



  • Blogging Bosses – An Interview with Rosalind Brookman

    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.

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    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!

    Blogging Bosses - Rosalind Brookman

     

    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:

    Website: https://www.rosalindbrookman.com/

    Blog: https://www.rosalindbrookman.com/blog

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RosalindBrookmanFreelanceWriter/

    Twitter: @RoRoBrookman

    Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/rorobrookman/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosalindbrookman/

    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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