Life, freelancing & advice from
Ryan Gibson

Making time to create side projects

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Client work is appealing and incredibly addictive. There seems to be some type of magnetic force drawing you to take on more client work. The feeling of ‘just one more’ or ‘what if I lose a client’ becomes too much. Saying no can be one of the hardest things in your self employed/freelance career. But by saying YES to everything are you reducing the free hours you have in a week to be creative and build your empire?

Working on the web in the digital space gives you a platform to create side projects. Whether that’s an affiliate business, buying domain names, drop selling products or perhaps a blog like this one. There should be an end goal with everything you do and a reason why you do it.

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Having a target niche/identity as a freelancer

Identity as a freelancer
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Moving into world of freelance I wanted to differentiate from the norm. A freelancer in the overcrowded space of Digital marketing I wanted to have a personal identity, an approach different to others.

Many differentiate by sector target. Pritesh Patel does this incredibly well within the Digital marketing space as he focuses on the construction sector. Although this was a consideration of mine, I decided to differentiate based upon my personal identity and branding in a hope of targeting local clients who struck an infinity with my personality & approach.

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Going part time at work to pursue self employment

Going Part Time At work
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When anybody thinks of part time at work they immediately think this is only reserved for child care. Unfortunately this is the society we are a part of. For those working on side projects or wanting to delve into the world of self employed then going part time offers the safety net you may be looking for.I’ve personally done this since January and it’s given me the platform to not only work on my own projects, but also take on further freelancing gigs.

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Where to live in Wakefield..? Sandal of course!

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Family or little people should I say changes your perception and outlook on life. I always lived in Leeds; loved Leeds and felt it was a great place to live. A diverse, multicultural population, a strong job sector & plenty of entertainment to shake a stick at. Leeds as a city is the hub of Yorkshire.

The news of our daughter and the fact Grandparents were in Nottingham perhaps swayed the move two junctions down the motorway however Sandal, Wakefield was always an understated/underrated place to live. When you live in and around Leeds people always tend to go to the North. It’s historically the more affluent area and has a raft of great places to live. It’s also painfully expensive and happens to be incredibly hard to get anywhere due to traffic.

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BNI Yorkshire West (Wakefield) Review

BNI Wakefield
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As a new individual to the area I wanted to network as much as possible. My career as a freelancer is new and networking is not something I have done on the regular. Sure I’ve visited a number of conferences and have spoken with clients multiple times, however networking as an individual for my own company was alien to me.

Having followed BNI Wakefield on Twitter I was kindly invited as a guest by their member Martin Soroka, a local businessman and long serving member of the BNI in the Wakefield area. I must admit before arriving at the event I was unclear of the format other than it was £10 to come along (breakfast & parking included), you need to bring a heap of business cards & there will be approximately 30/40 other business men and women in attendance. I happily obliged with the above.

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