99 Problems (but a boss ain't one)

99 Problems (but a boss ain't one)

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By Michelle Pratt + Katy Carlisle
The podcast that solves your freelance problems one at a time.

Your hosts are:

Katy Carlisle - Squarespace web designer at The Wheel Exists and founder of Freelance Folk popup coworking sessions.
Twitter @thewheelexists

Michelle Pratt - owner of Dive Deeper Development, business trainer and personal development coach.
Twitter @divedeepdevp

Say hi and share your problems or tips using the hashtag #FreelanceSOS
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Episode 17 - Saying No
Do you ever find it hard to say no? We do. In this episode we talk about why we struggle with this little word, and look at how to say no without damaging a client or professional relationship. 
42:19
February 11, 2019
Episode 16 - Getting Your Tax Return Done On Time
Oh blimey. Did you submit yours at the last minute? This week, we discuss how to avoid panicking at the eleventh hour when it comes to your taxes. Does DIY mean Do It Yourself or Don't Involve Yourself? We look at two different approaches to dealing with your freelance finances. 
36:51
February 4, 2019
Episode 15 - Advice Avalanche
If you're already freelance - or even if you're just thinking of taking the plunge - chances are you've had well meaning friends, family and strangers offer up their opinion. So how do you deal with this advice avalanche? We chat about some of the 'helpful' tips we've received and how to cut through the noise to find the advice that actually can help. 
30:52
January 21, 2019
Episode 14 - Working In Your Business, Not On Your Business
In our first episode of 2019 it seems fitting that we're talking about looking ahead to the coming year, as well as celebrating successes. We also chat about the difference between working "in" the business (the day to day work which generally does need doing) and working "on" the business (planning, strategy and checking in to make sure your business is working for you), which often gets waylaid by everything else! 
41:33
January 18, 2019
Episode 13 - The Christmas Conundrum
Christmas: time to crack(er) on or time to slow ho ho down? (I'm so so sorry for the puns). Being self-employed allows to you shun the 9-5 existence but sometimes it seems like the rest of the world didn't get the memo. How do you handle being a freelancer in an employed person's world at Christmas?
40:31
December 17, 2018
Episode 12 - I Hate My Boss
When you're freelance it can be very easy to go in with expectations that are too high or unrealistic, so then you put pressure on yourself and beat yourself up. In this episode, we look at how to be a better boss to yourself when you're self employed.
33:28
December 10, 2018
Episode 11 - Networking
In this episode we look at ways to network effectively, how to avoid standing in the corner like a lemon, and why networking is like fishing for old boots.
47:09
December 3, 2018
Episode 10 - Lacking Creative Inspiration
Is creativity something that you are born with or can you learn to be creative? In this episode we look at why all freelancers need creativity and share 10+ practical methods for being being more creative.
41:00
November 26, 2018
Episode 9 - "Bad" Clients
In this episode we talk about whether there's such a thing as a "bad" client, how some people always seem to end up with nightmare clients, and why hiding in your email inbox isn't the answer.
45:19
November 19, 2018
Episode 8 - Motivation
What is motivation? In this episode we look at why it can be hard to find if you're a freelancer, the counter-intuitive way to get it back, and the proper way to pronounce Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
43:14
November 12, 2018
Episode 7 - Underselling yourself
In this episode we chat about why you are doing customers a disservice when you undersell yourself, how to protect your value and why it's probably all your parents' fault (just joking, Dad).
52:54
November 5, 2018
Episode 6 - Failure
Is there such a thing as failure? In this episode we look at why we're so afraid to fail, why we should celebrate "failure" and why nobody cares about your Barry Manilow t-shirt.
43:12
October 29, 2018
Episode 5 - Isolation
Being freelance can be lonely, so how do you overcome that isolation? In this episode, we look at why we need a human connection and what actions can help if you're feeling a bit isolated.
37:11
October 22, 2018
Episode 4 - Procrastination
As freelancers we're obviously all sitting around watching Netflix in our pyjamas most of the time instead of doing work 😉 So what can we do about it? As always, we delve into both practical and mindset tips to help solve this common freelance problem.
44:19
August 1, 2018
Episode 3: Deciding What to Charge
In this episode we look at why it can be so scary to ask for money, and how to work out what to charge for your client services or products. We also include some tips on getting into the right mindset so you're charging the correct value.
48:37
August 1, 2018
Episode 2: Getting Clients
Finding clients is obviously quite important for most freelance businesses, but it can be tricky if you're just starting out (or even if you're an experienced freelancer). We look at why it's hard and what you can do about it!
44:55
August 1, 2018
Episode 1: Imposter Sydrome
Ever felt like a fraud? We have. In this episode we explore Imposter Syndrome, the impact it has and how to overcome it.
39:18
May 24, 2018
Introduction to 99 Problems (but a boss ain't one)
The very first instalment of 99 Problems (but a boss ain't one). We introduce ourselves, explain why we created the podcast and let you know what to expect in upcoming episodes.
02:43
April 19, 2018
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