FOUNDER OF LEADING FREELANCE GROUP NAMED NATIONAL AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

THE FOUNDER of the South West’s Freelance Mum community has been named Ambassador of the Year 2018 by IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and Self-Employed.

Faye Dicker, who lives with her family in Bristol was presented with her award at a ceremony in London last week on National Freelancers Day (June 28).
She said: “It was a crazy, wonderful day where Freelance Mum hosted the first official National Freelancers Day event outside of London – at Windmill Hill City Farm in Bedminster – and then I rushed to London to attend the award ceremony. I knew I’d been shortlisted for an award but had no idea I’d won. It was an amazing end to an amazing day.”

 

Professional voice-over artist and broadcaster Faye set up Freelance Mum four years ago after struggling with the demands of juggling parenthood with being self-employed. Today it has an on line and off line community supporting thousands of men and women – and is known as the leading parent-friendly business organisation in the area.

Faye said: “I set up Freelance Mum because both parenthood and running your own business, have similar demands – they can be isolating, demanding and yet hugely rewarding. However there wasn’t a support network combining both things.

“The number of self employed parents has doubled since 2008, in fact mums working for themselves now account for one in seven of all self-employed people in the UK. When you look at that stat – and take into account they are running a business around raising a family, it’s no wonder Freelance Mum is such an important network.”

Freelance Mum is a membership community and this was recognised at the national IPSE awards event. The Ambassador award celebrates the most proactive membership organisation, support group or knowledge hub within the IPSE organisation which campaigns for rights and recognition for freelancers across many sectors.

Freelance Mum officially celebrated its 4th birthday July 10th, with a workshop reflecting milestone moments in business.

The autumn term begins with ‘Back to Blog School’ on Tuesday September 11th with award winning blogger, Jo Middleton. Tickets from £15.

For more information about these events and Freelance Mum visit Freelance Mum Events Listing.

 

 

Images by Nicola Jane Photography and Nisha Haq Photography

Press release written by Fiona Scott Media Consultancy is run by a UK-based journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in the media – print, radio and television.

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.