How to juggle freelance writing and looking after your kid

Whether you’re a freelance writer, a solo logo designer, or a purveyor of novelty socks, working from home and setting your own hours offers an incredible amount of flexibility and freedom. But, throw a child into the mix, and things can get a little complicated.

I love working for myself, and I love being a dad. It’s a lifestyle that suits me just fine.

Of course, you can put you kid in nursery Monday to Friday, leaving you free to structure your working days at your leisure, but if possible, looking after your child during the week is a hugely rewarding experience. It’s just getting it right timewise can be bloody tough.

I’m by no means an expert work and kindergarten juggler, but I do manage. Yes, I do manage – and if you’re in the same boat as me, wondering how you’re going to get everything done without leaving your little one in the lurch, may I offer you a few tips on things I’ve learned over the past 10 months or so?  Continue reading

A very Merry Christmas

I’ve been incredibly busy over the past few months, hence the dwindling volume of blog entries – but in 2017, I have a host of hot topics and niche tips lined up for your reading pleasure.

So, at this point, all that’s left to say is have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with love, laughter, family, presents, music, booze, and mince pies. Oh, and remember… Continue reading

5 quotes relating to working from home

Working from home certainly has its perks – the tiny, convenient commute and access to all creature comforts being two of them.

As great as working from home can be – whether you’re a fulltime freelancer or a part time remote worker (meaning you spend the rest of the time in the office) – it does come with its challenges, chiefly isolation and distraction.

For anyone who works from home, has worked from home, or is thinking about working from home, here are five quotes that are sure to strike a chord in some way… Continue reading

7 things you didn’t know about books

Books have been around for years as a way to educate, inspire, entertain, and even prop up table legs.

Books are a wonderful thing and although the Kindle offers a certain level of convenience and flexibility – a bit like the crackle of vinyl – there’s nothing quite like getting lost in the spine of a good old book.

You’re probably in agreement that books are brilliant, but here are seven things you probably didn’t know about them… Continue reading

Creative interlude: Writer’s Block starring Bryan Cranston

Writer’s block is something that plagues all of us from time to time – but there are ways to overcome it.

If you’re currently staring at your screen in disbelief wondering where the next flurry of words is going to come from, forget what you’re doing for a moment and watch this short called Writer’s Block starring the one and only Bryan Cranston. Continue reading

My first three months as a father

This isn’t directly related to literature, music or digital content, but people always say write about you know – and while I don’t want to bore anyone to tears, today I have been sitting at my desk, pondering my first three months as a father. So I thought I would share a few of my discoveries. Continue reading

Getting to know…Ronnie Murray

In previous episodes of Getting to Know, I have offered a glimpse into the world of different word-smiths; however, this time, I’ve opted for a slightly different flavour (pardon the pun).

Creativity comes in many forms, which is why I caught up with Ronnie Murray, Head Chef at HIX Group, to find out more about what goes on in the kitchen, as well as in his mind… Continue reading