I’m subscribed to at least a few dozen email newsletters, I’m active on social media, and I’m still growing my business—all of which means I read/hear/watch countless hours of other creators’ words in a week. And that’s after I completed a substantial cull of my email and social media subscriptions at the end of last year.
I always curate my favourite content so I can return to it when I need it.
Here are 5 pieces of content that have helped me to learn, to grow, or that have just made me happy this week:
Charli has long been one of my favourite online content creators. Her videos focus on her career as a web designer for ConvertKit, remote working, traveling, freelancing, and working on side projects. You should also check out her bomb podcast and online community, Design Life, with fellow designer Femke (their kiwi accents are super fun to listen to).
In this YouTube video, she gives us a “what’s in my bag” for remote working in cafés around London. I’m such a sucker for behind-the-scenes glimpses into how other people navigate working from home, so naturally I loved this look into her remote working essentials.
Watch the video here: https://goo.gl/ucjHCM
Another favourite business-focused podcast is Being Freelance by Steve Folland. In each episode, Steve interviews a successful freelancer on how they manage life and career as freelancers. The interviews are fairly brief (around 30 minutes each, with minimal filler), which is perfect for listening on a walk or during a break. The episodes are informative, motivational, and entertaining and I always come away a better businesswoman after listening. Steve also has a fantastic weekly vlog about how he manages being freelance. This week on the podcast, he talks to freelance VA Annie Browne, and I found her story really inspiring.
Listen to the episode here: https://goo.gl/GcbHbU
3. “How to Write a Business Plan: A Painless Guide for Freelancers” by Catherine Turner, Turner Proofreading
I found Catherine’s amazing site relatively recently, but it’s quickly becoming one of my go-to blogs. She seems like such a nice person, and I really admire how she is growing her proofreading and copy editing business. There is so much content out there for aspiring writers, however I rarely find quality content on how to become a proofreader or editor from other millennials and new professionals. I found this post particularly helpful as I’ve been writing a more comprehensive plan for my own business.
Read the blog post here: https://goo.gl/17S9DR
This is the gold standard of writing advice by a master craftsman of fiction. Since re-reading this book, I’ve revisited my dusty WIPs and have been having a lot of fun creating new worlds and characters. Reading this guide has reinvigorated my dormant passion for writing fiction and I even bought myself a copy so I can return to it again and again when I need a guiding light, a mentor, or a kick up the arse.
Buy the book here: https://goo.gl/goX1HU (not an affiliate link).
Beverley is a well-known name in the travel blogging community. Her prose is poetic and thoughtful, while also jarringly relatable—as in, it’s so relatable it kind of feels like someone just walked in on you naked. She is also a freelance social media manager and sends out a weekly newsletter. What makes her newsletter different from the dozens of others in my inbox is that she doesn’t just send you her latest blog post or give you the hard sell for her new product. She tells you what’s been on her mind and a list of 10 links for posts to share with her readers. And I always find at least one gem of the bunch.
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