Surviving and thriving in lockdown

“Five years ago, I converted an ice cream van, took all the fridges and freezers out and put in a stainless steel kitchen. So I now do Mexican street food, so the name ‘I Scream Tacos’, is just a play on words. I’ve got the ‘Mexican hat dance’ playing from the van when I arrive”.

Mark, I Scream Tacos

 

On the Freelance Mum podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings, talk tacos, tortillas and trading with Mark @iscreamtacos. He’s the man inside the converted icecream van bringing Mexic food to a driveway near you.

Small Business Booming despite lockdown

“I was a bit concerned at first, that children might get bored and wander off mid Zoom lesson! But I haven’t experienced anything like that, I keep it very relaxed, happy and jokey – they are generally very good. I think they are very happy to chat and have the session”.

Vicky, Additions Tutoring

 

Coronavirus is the toughest problem many businesses have faced – but some are successfully forging ahead. Vicky from Additions Tutoring joins Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings to share her story of adapting and thriving, when it comes to home tutoring.

Let them eat (lockdown) cake!

“I am now doing, what I have called ‘the lockdown cake’ , it’s basically the same story from each customer who has contacted me. They were meant to have been going to a birthday and that birthday party is no longer happening and they’ll be in say, New Zealand. So they’ll say to me, ‘could you take a cake over to my boyfriend, who I was supposed to be seeing tomorrow’. So they’ll pay me to make a cake, I’ll drive over to the boyfriends, knock on the door, stand 2 meters apart, they’ll open the door and it’s rather nice really, seeing people break into a massive smile”.

Ali Walsh, The Local Bakehouse

 

 

Good news!

A positive business story for you in these crazy times…. and even better that it involves cake. Ali Walsh from The Local Bakehouse joins FayeDicker & Laura Rawlings to share the story of the lockdown cake.

No more up the nose shots!

“The most important things are camera angle – have your camera at at least eyeball height and light. Photograhy is painting with light – video is equally as essential”

Kirsty Northover, Kirsty Northover Photography

Being in small business has never been more challenging! And with social media becoming more busy, it can be hard to cut through the noise.

In this podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings talk to Photographer and Personal Branding Expert, Kirsty Northover on how to make your business brand look good online. With expert advice on video backgrounds & taking DIY photos for your marketing.

Home haircuts – lockdown locks!

With a cut, I don’t ever think it’s that desperate really, you can wear it up, with a fringe that’s grown out, you can change your parting slightly, pin it back, sweep it to the side, use accessories – you need to be a little bit creative.

Ella Hawkey, Atelier Clifton

Home haircuts – lockdown locks! Who’s had the chop? Whose true colour’s are coming through? Or who’s simply sticking a hat on it? Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings pick up hair tips in the latest podcast, from top Bristol hairdresser and salon owner Ella Hawkey. Get to it. Chop chop.

How working with a professional facilitator can help your event

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, goes behind the scenes with professional facilitator, Helene Jewell and finds out how working with a professional facilitator can help your event. With live footage from Tech For Good event and  interview with Helene Jewell on her route and training into faciliation.

Podcast: Zoe Whitman, But the Books

….”I got chatting to the guy behind the counter of a coffee shop, he told me he wanted to be a violin teacher, but he was afraid to get started with his business, because he didn’t want to do a tax return. It made me feel really sad that something as simple as that – well, as simple as that to me, was enough for him not to get started. It just got me thinking, there’s an idea here.”

Zoe Whitman, But the Books

When you’ve got your dream start up project, or you love running your business and you know how to do everything… but the books. Well, we have just the answer for that!

Faye Dicker, aka Freelance Mum, caught up with Zoe Whitman, the brains behind But the Books and some of her clients – to find out how bookkeeping can be made easy.

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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”

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Podcast: Business Choir

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.”

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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.”

Faye Dicker, Founder, Freelance Mum

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