Series 2 – Episode 11 The Juggle is Real Podcast: The Power of Community

Now I have a confession – this episode was actually recorded about 6 months ago. Frankie’s little girl is now a year old and time has certainly flown.

The reason this episode is getting shared now is because I wanted to intentionally save this lady for last. Frankie holds a very special place in my heart because she was the first person I ever connected with via Instagram. She has been so integral to my business journey and I am honoured to call her a friend. To me Frankie IS COMMUNITY. She is everything that that word means and she embodies it. She is completely generous with her time, her passion and her mission of letting every self employed parent know they are never alone – ever.

In this episode we talk about the power of community and what Frankie has created with Doing it for the Kids certainly has power. It’s grown in the last few years from a blog sharing freelancing and self employed parent stories to a highly engaged Facebook community, to real life meet ups with biscuits and hugs PLUS a podcast too, where her and Steve Folland answer a question from the community each week.  Frankie does all of this for FREE I might add…FREE.

We talk about her journey with Doing it for the Kids and why community is so important. We hope you enjoy the episode.

There is another reason why I saved her until the last. I wanted her to be my last ever guest. The podcast is ending. This is the last episode. So excuse the mention of “next episode” in the recording because there won’t be one this time. It finishes with me and my pal.

I have thoroughly enjoyed hosting this podcast. I created it because I wanted to have conversations with other jugglers like me, to learn from them and their insight and hopefully make someone listening at home know that they aren’t alone in how they feel at any point.

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported it, who has listened, shared and enjoyed the episodes. I really do, truly, value your time and support. It hasn’t been an easy decision to make and I am sad to bring it to a close.

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"The power of community" with Frankie from Doing it for the Kids

The Juggle is Real - Series 2, Episode 11

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Frankie’s Graphic Design: https://francescatortora.com/

Doing it for the Kids: http://www.doingitforthekids.net/

 

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Series 2 – Episode 10 The Juggle is Real Podcast: Why joy is an essential not a desirable

Wow – what an episode. I am thrilled to be talking to Tamu, owner of Three Sixty.

Tamu lives for joy. She reached a point in her life when she realised it’s not about the “shoulds” anymore and that life is for joy. Tamu owns lifestyle brand Three Sixty. It’s aimed at busy women in their late 30’s and 40’s that want to simplify life and create space for everyday joy. Joy through acceptance and working on ourselves.

I first saw Tamu speak at the Doing it for the Kids meet up earlier this year and I knew I wanted to talk to her more about joy, how we don’t give it the attention it deserves and also it made me reflect on how many “shoulds” I am still doing. 

We cover so much in this episode – judgement loops, being conditioned, being a company of one, self employed life and more. Honestly all the good things!

It’s been an absolute pleasure to discuss all things joy with Tamu. She is such an inspiration – honestly I felt mesmerised the whole episode.

We hope you enjoy it too.

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"Why Joy is an essential, not a desirable" with Tamu from Three Sixty

The Juggle is Real - Series 2, Episode 10

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Visit: https://www.livethreesixty.com/

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Introducing Bhavini from B81 Designs

Juggling parenting and being their own boss, meet Bhavini from B81 Designs

 

I’m Bhavini and I’m a dessert loving, coffee obsessed graphic designer. I’ve been in the design industry for the last 14 years and the last 7 of them have been self employed.

I live in Milton Keynes with my husband and 2 girls (aged 5 and 8). I grew up in MK and then lived in London for a while, but moved back to MK when my eldest was due to start school

I run my business around my kids which means I work term time only and gives me a really great work/family balance.

Tell us about your business baby

My business baby was born out of redundancy. As my maternity leave was coming to an end in 2011, I wasn’t able to work as flexibly as I had hoped to and my role at work was changed. I took the redundancy package and haven’t really looked back!

The initial idea was to freelance whilst looking for a more flexible and part time job closer to home but that job never came about. After freelancing for about 6 months I realised that it was so much better than being employed especially where my little one was concerned.

I have a love for branding and all things design for print so that’s what my business focuses on – branding, brochures, advertising, business stationery and large format print.

What’s your why?

I have a few different whys. The first why is the complete flexibility that comes with being self employed. I can make sure I’m at every school drop off/pick up, I can take time off at the drop of a hat if one of my girls is sick and I can go to every school assembly the girls are taking part in. And to me, being there for all that is really important. I love that I can manage my time in the best way for me and my family.

Secondly is the option to say no. Working for myself means that I can choose which clients I want to work with, and which projects I want to take on. In every job I had, there was always a project that had to be done that I didn’t have any passion for, or a client that wasn’t easy to work with. I don’t have those issues any more which means that I love every single project I work on, and my clients are all so fabulous!

And the last why…because I absolutely love love love what I do!

What do you find the hardest bit about doing the juggle?

For me, one of the hardest parts of the juggle is realising that I can’t do everything myself where the business is concerned! I can’t do the accounts, and build a new website, and put together a marketing strategy etc because all of that takes away time from me doing what I enjoy doing – the design work!

The other main thing I struggle with is making sure I know how to sell myself and my business – not just at networking events, but anywhere really. I struggle to let people know what I do!!

Who’s in your support network?

I’m really lucky to have a very supportive husband – he’s been behind the whole self employed thing right from the start, even when I wasn’t so sure about it. My parents also live in Milton Keynes – they’re about 7 minutes across town!! They’re always there to lend a hand with childcare if I have an event to go to, or have a huge workload on.

I’ve also made some great connections via online groups such as Freelance Heroes, Digital Dreamers Playground and Mama Tribe. Groups like these are vital to keep me sane, regardless of where I am in my self employment journey.

If only you knew then what you know now…

If only I knew that I should value my time and services, and should always be charging what I’m worth. Just because one person tells me my (very cheap) prices are too expensive, it doesn’t make it true!

What’s your favourite inspiration quote?

 

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“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really really hard. Don’t call my lucky. Call me a badass.” Shonda Rhimes

The second one is one of my favourites and reminds me that I work hard to have the life I do. People always tell me I’m lucky to work from home, or I’m lucky I don’t have to go to work every day etc. but it’s not luck, it’s hard work!

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Series 2 – Episode 9 The Juggle is Real Podcast: The P’s of Stepping it up a Gear

Steve Folland is a freelance, he runs Being Freelance where he connects with other freelancers, shares their stories, it’s got it’s own podcast. He has the Being Freelance Community on Facebook and he has also recently joined forces with Frankie from Doing it for the Kids on the DIFTK Podcast – talking about freelancing and parenting (it’s brilliant). Steve is such a force in the freelance community for his words of wisdom, his guidance and advice but also how he brings us altogether to truly know you are never alone in this.

In this episode we talk about stepping your business up a gear and using Steve’s numerous years of knowledge, experiences and also insight from the numerous freelancers he has spoken to over the years he share’s his favourite “P’s” for doing this. The things that you can focus on to step your business up to the level you want it to be. There’s no reasoning behind the fact they all start with P but it does make them easier to remember – ha ha. 

Are you ready to step up with the P’s?

We hope you enjoy the episode.

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"The P's of stepping it up a gear" with Steve Folland of Being Freelance

The Juggle is Real - Series 2, Episode 9

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Visit: https://www.beingfreelance.com/

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Series 2 – Episode 8 The Juggle is Real Podcast: Staying Playful as Business Owner

Claire is an Early Years Specialist and Play Coach, plus the brains and amazingness behind Play Hooray. The home of Play Prompts that help us parents with inspirational play ideas. Claire is so creative with her play ideas. She has a You Tube channel, she goes Live on Instagram every day at 10am and she has created such a wonderful community around play. She is a godsend for parents – truth!

In this episode Claire and I talk about staying playful as a business owner. How does she do it when her whole business is play? Being your own boss means you are often pulled in so many directions, as with parenting and I know that business can be all consuming for me. So how do we step away and stay playful? Take that time for those around us and for us too. Claire shares her insight of building her business around play but also how that helps her take stock and disconnect, and how it also helps and inspires ideas too. 

We hope you enjoy the episode.

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"Staying playful as a business owner" with Claire at Play Hooray

The Juggle is Real - Series 2, Episode 8

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Visit: https://playhooray.co.uk/

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Introducing Pip from Social Pip

Juggling parenting and being their own boss, meet Pip from Social Pip

 

Hi I’m Pip, I live in the fabulous market town of Hitchin in Hertfordshire which is full of thriving independent businesses, if you’ve never visited you really must. I moved here from London with my husband and daughter (who was less than 1 year old at the time) in 2008 and since then we’ve acquired a dog, an extension and another child who is now 9!! Before my London life as a recruitment consultant I was a secondary school teacher in Cornwall for 6 years, back then I never envisaged doing anything other than teaching and living in Cornwall forever, isn’t it funny how life doesn’t pan out the way you think it will?!

 

Tell us about your business baby

Social Pip was born out of an obsession and a flippant comment from my husband in 2012. I had been toying with the idea of returning to teaching to ease the issue of school holiday childcare but soon realised that the logistics and cost issues would still exist on the days I potentially would be working. ‘I really need a flexible, work from home job that fits perfectly around the kids,’ I joked to my husband while simultaneously tweeting from my Blackberry (ah the days when I could multi-task, how I miss you!) to which he retorted, ‘Well you’re clearly obsessed with social media and get how it should work for businesses, why don’t you turn your obsession into a business that would fit round the kids.”

Over the last 7 years Social Pip has changed from simply offering social media management to include 1-2-1 training, social media mentoring and most recently workshops. The one thing that has never altered is my mission to simplify social media for small businesses, to help them find a workable but effective social media presence using authentic and engaging content.

What’s your why?

Well of course my children were and still are my ‘why’ BUT I also needed to do something for me. I needed to keep the old grey matter ticking over (even if it has turned me into a social media geek!); I wanted to be able to contribute to life as a family in a monetary way and can still remember how good it felt being able to pay for some After School Art Classes and I wanted to get my haircut or buy myself some new shoes without having to ask for money or dip into the joint account.

What do you find the hardest bit about doing the juggle?

The guilt! There’s always something to feel guilty about, whether it’s that you’re not devoting enough time to the children; neglecting domestic chores; doing too much work or not enough work; haven’t spent quality time with the husband; rushing a coffee with friends because you’ve got a pile of work waiting at home but if you don’t meet them you’ll also feel guilty! The guilt is real!

Who’s in your support network?

My husband for starters, despite the fact that he isn’t on social media and isn’t its biggest fan he’s definitely my first port of call for business issues and ideas and helps with school holiday childcare too so that I can work, albeit at reduced hours, while the kids are home.

I’ve also met some fabulous people online who I totally count in my support network (some I’ve met in real life and it’s totally magical when that happens) and one in particular, who I have met several times IRL, I know I can call on with all manner of questions, issues and moments of self doubt at pretty much most hours of the day! I actually fondly refer to him as my ‘social media husband’ (yes my actual, real husband is cool with that) because he is THAT special but you might know him as ‘BizPaul‘!

 

If only you knew then what you know now…

The magical work/life balance everyone talks about just isn’t attainable when you have children and a business because when you think you’ve got it sussed something changes.

 

What’s your favourite inspiration quote?

 

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