November’s NUJ meeting was on surviving and thriving as a freelancer – tips on finding new work and diversifying with trainers Louise Bolotin and Steve Mathieson. Steve works as a freelancer mainly on tech and government – both growth areas and runs data journalism and freelance courses. He’s had steady work during lockdown and has taught himself how to teach online.
In some ways, the world has been catching up with how many freelancers work, and arguably that has given us a head start. We are often used to working remotely.
Louise has worked for BBC Radio Manchester and launched a local news site. She now works as a sub-editor mostly, doing commercial editing work. She was laid off from her local paper just before lockdown and lost her commercial work so was left with nothing. She’s busy trying to bring work back and has invested in a new website, logo and training.
Most of it has involved spending my way out of the mire, on the basis that you sometimes need to spend a bit to earn a …
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