My Freelance Life: A YouTube Series

Before I made the decision to go freelance, I had a million questions.

Now that I actually am a freelancer, I have a million more.

My Freelance Life by Elle Croft

And it seems that everyone I talk to about what I do is curious about how I spend my days, what I really do and what a freelancer’s life actually¬†looks like. Do I just sit around in my pyjamas all day on Facebook, or is there more to it?

So I decided to try something new.

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been documenting my freelance life through a series of YouTube videos, each one designed to answer one of the questions people most frequently ask me, or to address one of those issues I was so curious about before I started.

Here’s the vlog I created on my very first day as a full-time freelancer:

In my first couple of weeks, I’ve covered:

  • The great pyjama debate: should freelancers get dressed up every day, or is it OK to work from your PJs?
  • My goals for 2015, and how you can create attainable goals for yourself.
  • Planning my days: how I make sure I am productive with my time, and some tips to help you achieve your own goals each day.
  • What do I do? A bit about my own freelancing, and what services I provide to my clients.
  • Writing a novel: Although not technically about freelancing, my newfound freedom has given me time to work on my first novel; a fact that is usually met with a bunch of questions. In this vlog I talk about what I’m writing as well as my process.

There are plenty more topics to come, so please head over to my YouTube channel and hit that subscribe button to make sure you don’t miss any of my vlogs.

Before I record my next episode, I really would love to hear from you! What questions do you have for me as a brand new freelancer? Let me know what vlogs you’d like to see from mein the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer your questions in my upcoming videos.

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  • Lizzie says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog! Your work sounds a lot like mine – copywriting and blogging. It’s often difficult to explain to people who aren’t in the industry what you actually do on a day-to-day basis (mainly because no two days are the same for me!). And I’m also writing a novel, too! I finished the first draft before Christmas and started the second draft edits last week which is a MUCH bigger job than I ever imagined (can we freak out together please?!). I’m basically re-writing the whole damn thing… so much of the plot changed from start to finish that I’m practically writing an entirely different book now. Thanks for the Save the Cat recommendation, I’m definitely going to check that out as I think structure and pacing is something I really need to work on.

    • Elle Croft says:

      Thanks so much for getting in touch, Lizzie! I’m so glad I’m not alone. Congrats on finishing your first draft…what is your novel about? Definitely check out Save the Cat, it made my writing process a million times easier! Stay in touch…we can definitely freak out together x

      • Lizzie says:

        My novel is a literary fiction piece that follows Norman, an old man who lives alone in a caravan by the sea, on his quest to get back home after a fishing incident goes horribly wrong. There is a sub-story that weaves its way through the book, highlighting Norman’s turbulent childhood and how he came to live alone in a caravan by the sea in the first place.

        I’m struggling at the moment to seamlessly connect the two narratives, so I’m hoping Save the Cat might help a bit with that!

      • Elle Croft says:

        Sounds awesome – I’d love to read that! I really hope it helps out…let me know how you go!

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