Freelance Mum Meets Dr Chris

Dr Chris and Dr X and are firm favourites in our household, so when I had the chance to speak to Dr Chris when he visited Windmill Hill earlier this year, I jumped at it! He was a man on a mission, to clearly explain, some healthy alternatives, before opting for medicine ­ especially when it comes to our children.

“For most people, most of the sources of ill health in our lives are better dealt with through other means and means that will leave you feeling well, joyful, empowered, happy ­and medicine can¹t do that in a way that a good diet, decent exercise, some good friends ­ all those things, will make you feel much better”

Dr Chris

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The landscape of networking is changing – in a fun and focused way! This year a Business Choir launched attracting business owners across the South West to meet, sing and do business once a week. I caught up with the brains behind the choir, vocal coach, Amy Box. She explained the benefits of singing and networking and exactly how it works.

“For the business owner, what happens when we sing, is we take in extra oxygen, that’s fuelling your brain, so it makes you more productive, it makes you more focused, it makes you more awake – we all need that sometimes as entrepreneurs. It gives you more confidence, which is really important as a business owner.”

Amy Box, Business Choir

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“It’s been four years since Freelance Mum launched. The initial pilot session was free, then we started charging a nominal fee of £5. Over the years there has been a slight increase but nothing that really reflected the level of input that actually goes into running an event. And believe me, quite literally hours go into every one – far more than you could probably imagine.”

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Imposter syndrome and how to deal with it

This fab blog was written by writer, sponsor and fellow ‘Freelance Mum’ Rin Hamburgh (who is 100% real and definitely not an imposter!). Thank you for your brillaint blog Rin.

Business owner? You? Don’t be ridiculous! You haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. You’re just making it up. There are hundreds of people out there that are far better than you. Any minute now people are going to discover that you’re a fraud.

Sound familiar? That’s the voice of Imposter Syndrome, and I’m sure most of us have heard it at some point in our lives. For some, it rarely goes away. And it can be exhausting.

But here’s the good news: even mega successful women like actress Emma Watson and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg have admitted to suffering from imposter syndrome. You’re not alone. And you don’t have to put up with it!

It took me ages to start referring to myself as the founder of a copywriting agency. It just sounded far too important when really I was just a busy mum doing my best with a few freelancers to help out with the workload. Even now that I’m building a team of employees I still have to fight the urge to justify myself, especially with big clients.

So what can you do to reduce or get rid of imposter syndrome altogether?

Don’t compare

I think it was former US president Theodore Roosevelt who said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s also a big factor when it comes to imposter syndrome. The problem with comparison is that we compare people’s outside with our inside. So we see all these amazing business owners and think, “Crikey, they’re doing so much better than me!” But we forget that inside they’re probably feeling the same – and they’re looking at your outside and thinking you’re doing well too!

Let go of perfect

If you set the bar too high, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The truth is that no one gets it right all the time – not Deborah Meaden, not Richard Branson, not anyone you admire in the business world or anywhere else for that matter. So be realistic with yourself. As you do that, you will be able to act in a much more authentic way. You’ll start to feel like yourself again and so that sense of being a fraud will slowly start to disappear.

Talk about it

The thing about imposter syndrome is that it festers away in the dark. As soon as you bring it out into the light it’s much easier to deal with. Talking about how you feel will help you to see things for what they are. You could share your worries with a friend, find yourself a mentor or coach, even get some therapy if you think it could be useful. Personally, I’ve done all three in the last year and it’s had hugely positive results! You’ll also find plenty of support at Freelance Mum. Because we’re all in the same boat and we totally get it. And that’s invaluable.

Look how far you’ve come

While no one is suggesting you should live in the past, it is really important to stop every now and then and take a glance back at the road you’ve travelled. You may feel like an imposter, but if you think about where you were five years ago, or a year ago or even last month you’ll probably realise that you’ve already improved as a business person – and that means you’ll continue to do so. Remember that we’re all a work in progress.

Relish the compliments

It’s a very British habit to shrug off compliments or try to justify or explain them away. But people don’t generally bother to say nice things unless they mean it. So when a customer or client gives you a testimonial, don’t just see it as a useful marketing tool. Really absorb it and let it bolster your self-image.

Invest in training

It could be that the reason you’re feeling insecure is because there are areas of your business you don’t actually feel that confident about. You might be an excellent photographer but not really understand turnover and profit margins. Or maybe you’re a top notch designer but have no idea how to actually go about selling your services. If that’s the case, why not get some training? There are all sorts of workshops out there – online and face to face – some of which are free through organisations like Get Set For Growth. With a bit of extra knowledge under your belt, you’ll soon start to feel more confident.

Get some help

There’s nothing more stressful than slogging away at things you just aren’t any good at. And it’s ok to admit where your weaknesses are! We all have them. If you’re no good with numbers, get a book keeper. If thinking of interesting things to say on social media gets you all flustered, outsource it. By operating in your “zone of genius”, you’ll experience more confidence boosting wins – and the stuff you’re outsourcing will get done more efficiently and effectively too.

If you’re looking for a supportive network in which to grow your business and your confidence, come along to Freelance Mum in Bristol. We meet on the first Tuesday or every month at St Paul’s Church and on the last Friday at Windmill Hill City Farm. We’d love to see you there.

Professional voiceover artist & broadcaster, hosts Bristol’s 1st National Freelancers Day

Professional voiceover artist & broadcaster, hosts Bristol’s 1st National Freelancers Day

Bristol based voice-over artist and broadcaster Faye Dicker will be hosting a mini-festival celebrated the diversity of solo-preneurs as part of National Freelancers’ Day in June.

Faye, who is the founder of parent-friendly business organisation Freelance Mum, was asked by The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) to host the Bristol event, marking the first ‘day’ of its kind in the country outside of London.

Faye said: “IPSE have been sponsoring Freelance Mum since 2016 and they asked me if I would host National Freelancers’ Day in my home city.

“It’s the first time they’ve held fringe events outside of London so it’s an inaugural event for the city. It’s a really big occasion and celebrates the small but mighty and how much people – who can often feel invisible or hidden – are contributing to their local communities and economy. I’m really honoured IPSE asked Freelance Mum to host this event. It’s brilliant.”
Freelance Mum at The Farm to mark National Freelancers’ Day takes place at Windmill Hill City Farm in Bedminster, Bristol, on Thursday, June 28 from 10am to 3pm. The theme – to tie in with the World Cup – will be around teams and working together.

The morning session, from 10am to noon, sees the signature ‘Netwalk’ taking place through a marketplace of stalls, and a talk by Linda Davies-Carr, owner of bespoke coaching company The Master Fixer, on setting yourself up for success and getting ready to take the next step.

From noon until 1pm, entertainment will come from the newly-formed Business Choir in their first live performance – an organisation set up freelance parent Amy Box.

In-keeping with the World Cup theme, the afternoon session, from 1pm to 3pm, sees a guest panel discuss how to build your dream team. Speakers include media consultant and journalist Fiona Scott, LinkedIn expert and Front of Mind coach Greg Cooper, and entrepreneur and growth coach from Spotless Group Darren Clark. There will be a chance to put your questions to the panel.

National Freelancers’ Day also takes place at King’s Place, central London, where awards will include Freelancer of the Year and Ambassador of the Year. Faye is one of just four individuals shortlisted for the national Ambassador of the Year Title. 
Faye said: “It’s important to stress the Bristol event on June 28this open to anyone, not just freelance mums, so if you’re self-employed or freelance then you can come along. And even if you’re not, come along anyway and enjoy all the stalls.

“There will be a market place full of freelancers showcasing their wares, services and products, with everything from craft for children to accountants. It will be a real mix and will be both business to business and business to consumer, so it really has got a wide appeal. “It will have a lovely mini-festival vibe and will be a real celebration, so everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy it.”

Tickets are available for either session or the whole day. To book, and for more information.

With huge thanks to Fiona Scott Media Consultancy, for working together with Freelance Mum and writing this press release and Nicola Jane Photography for the image.