Life Stuff

My 29 Extremely Personal Tips for Surviving Your First Five Years in Business

I quit my job five years ago, two months after making my first income from freelance writing. Sometimes, even now, I have these moments where I’m like, holy fuck, this is my LIFE. I don’t have to rely on anyone else to earn enough money to live. I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time each day. I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do, […]

Feeling Lost and Directionless? I Was Too.

I went to my dad’s funeral in 2011. There, I met David. I’d never met or even heard of him before. He was one of my dad’s old friends. They used to go to the pub together. A smart, academic-type guy, we got chatting about what the hell I was going to do now. I’d just returned from backpacking, which was what I’d planned to keep doing for the foreseeable […]

How to Improve Your Life and Business by Conducting 28-Day Experiments

Something I started doing a few months ago is 28-day experiments. I’ve found they’re an excellent way to make gradual changes to my work and lifestyle without too much pressure. I’m the kind of person who rebels against rules and is absolutely horrified at the thought of any sort of restriction placed on me, so saying I’m going to commit to doing something ‘forever’ – the way we often do […]

How to Cope with the Worst Part of Working Alone

Back before I started this business, I was working in a nursing home. My job was literally peeling potatoes. It was right around the time of my dad’s illness. He died while I was working at that job. And that job helped me so so much. I don’t know what would have happened to my business if I’d been running it during that period of my life. But being in […]

Why I Was on the Streets in My Pyjamas, and What I Learned

Okay, so here’s what happened. Around 8.20 Friday morning, my buzzer goes. I answer it and this guy says in a singsong voice, ‘Postman!’ Now, the postman does usually buzz me, but he never sings, and he’s never usually this early. I was suspicious but I let him in anyway because what if the postman was just feeling super jovial this morning? Watching through my spyhole, I see three people […]

How to Take Time Off Without Killing Your Business

Have you been wondering when the hell you’ll be able to take some time off from this exhausting business you decided to start? Possibly wondering what demon possessed you when you decided to quit your job, your lovely lovely job where you could book time off? You can’t just book a week off with your boss, knowing someone else will pick up the slack while you’re gone. Because without you, […]