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Micro-Businesses in the UK: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

‘The Second Age of Small’ is a new report jointly produced by artsy e-commerce giants Etsy and the UK organisation the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). They’ve put together a handy 9-part summary of the findings on their website, so in order to mark the 2nd Small is Beautiful conference happening this week in […]

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Clear-Minded Chronicles Week 4 – Tough Decision Time

Wow. That’s May over then. And with it, my successful attempt to record a podcast 5 days a week. At least, I think the numbers work out pretty much ok, as I’ve recorded 22 podcasts over 31 days. I don’t care anyway as I’m happy with what I’ve managed to do, especially given that I […]

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Clear-Minded Chronicles Week 3 – laying the tracks for more enjoyable work

Another week of podcasts for you, most of which ended up having a train metaphor running throughout – plus I answer a comment from a listener on last week’s round-up post. To catch up just go to the SoundCloud Playlist and you can listen to all the podcasts so far.

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The Uncertain Creative

Society expects us to decide definitively what we want to do with our lives by the time we leave school, or university. But being a ‘Clear-Minded Creative’ doesn’t mean you know exactly what you’re doing. That wouldn’t be very interesting! It means you accept that you may never know – but that you keep trying […]

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4 Good Reasons to Leave the House This Week if You Live in Edinburgh

I’ve not been getting out of the house much since I’ve been self-employed and stopped drinking  – and yet every week there is an interesting gathering of some sort which I’m missing out on. So I thought maybe if I start listing some of the events that are on in Edinburgh for the creative and […]

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Previously, On the Ditch the Day Job Diaries…

When I first left my job in February to become a full-time freelancer, I starting doing a regular video diary about my experiences to share with subscribers to the Clear-Minded Creative newsletter. Although I initially intended it to be weekly, that wasn’t entirely realistic, and I only ended up filming 14 episodes. The final episode […]

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Recently, on the Internet – AMAZING VIDEOS AND KICK-ASS WOMEN

I can’t remember the last time I did one of these round-up posts, but there’s been a lot of good stuff on the internet recently which I wouldn’t like you to miss out on. See, the internet and I are pretty good pals (Some might say it’s my only friend). It tells me interesting things, […]

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The Ditch the Day Job Diaries – Episode 1

Below is the trailer for the first episode of the Ditch the Day Job Diaries. [tentblogger-vimeo 36380564] The full first episode will only be available to email subscribers and will go into more detail of how I am building a freelance business and adjusting to a whole new lifestyle! Sign up below and receive the […]

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Alex Mathers from Red Lemon Club

I’ve been a fan of Alex Mathers and his Red Lemon Club blog for quite some time. The site provides really solid advice for freelance creatives of all kinds. Alex’s own speciality is illustration, a topic covered by his other site, Ape on the Moon – so he talks from experience – and of course this […]

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I’ve Just Run Out of Excuses

Yesterday I left the civil service after almost exactly 10 years to the day I started. You can read some background to this in one of the previous newsletters. Somewhat spookily, given this was my last day of repeating the same routine over and over again, this happened on Groundhog Day. Another coincidence – on […]