(Alternatively titled: Boom, I’m A Freelancer Now.)
I sort of fell into freelance work. Most of my adult working life was spent sitting in an office, typing things or making spreadsheets or re-arranging meetings for people earning more money than me. I was good at admin, but it didn’t exactly make my heart sing. I could only find temp jobs when I moved to Cardiff originally and the lack of a permanent, stable job did make the move into freelance easier, but it wasn’t a conscious decision until I’d actually already been doing it for about six months. Whoops.
I taught myself how to code when I was a teenager and I’ve loved the web ever since. A friend offered me a job in a small company (Hi, Rob) then someone else offered me some hours and a few more people came to me when they needed some web things doing. So now I work as a freelancer and split my time between a few awesome companies. I mostly write blog posts, noodle about on various social media outlets, market products, sometimes I review cameras and occasionally I’ll create some graphics for a site. I’m not gonna lie, it’s a pretty fun life. I am grateful, I promise.
The most fun bit of my job is the work I do for Cwtch the Bride – a Welsh wedding blog which was set up by our wedding photographer in February of this year. (You can see all the posts I wrote about our wedding here if you’re bothered.) I’ve written over 100 posts for Cwtch (which is kind of crazy when you think about it) so I thought I’d share some of my favourites in case any of you are getting married soon and need some advice :)
Also, it’s nice to be proud of your work and my freelance portfolio is still being created (in the same way they the photographer is never in the photos, the freelancer never writes posts for their own blog, it would seem).
In no particular order:
- Help, we don’t have a first dance song
- Wedding inspiration: gorgeous ceremony backdrops
- Colour inspiration: sunny yellow
- Weddings on a budget: high street groomswear
- Going your own way: choosing to elope
- A DIY wedding makeup tutorial
- How to make your own envelopes
If nothing else, this should teach you that I like to use colons in blog post titles, apparently.
I’ve also recently written a couple of posts for Hayley (of #TeamMASH fame)’s new website for blogging beginners: Bonjour Blogger. If you’re new to blogging I urge you to check it out, there’s some good stuff there! :)
My god that’s a lot of links in one post, isn’t it. Go forth, click, be merry.