As of this week, it’s been three years since I started my copywriting agency. Three years since I made the move from being an underpaid, underappreciated cog in an corporate machine to becoming Manchester’s number one freelance copywriter. And obviously, I couldn’t have done it without my clients. If you are one of those clients, […]
“I wish I worked from home. It sounds like a great skive.” “Do you spend all day watching telly in your kecks then?” “Some of us need to get up and put a suit on. Some of us have real jobs.” Since I started working for myself, I’ve heard it all. Freelance life is all […]
There are great places to get advice about how to run your business. I’m a huge supporter of networks like The Professional Copywriters’ Network, I’ve got plenty of time for people who’ll put their experience to paper in books, and I’ve got a soft spot for Twitter. But there are some downright terrible places to […]
Sorry. You’re not getting a Christmas card from me. Nobody is. Not my wife, not my friends, and not my clients. Don’t get me wrong. I love my wife and her endless patience for my sometimes insane schedule. I love my friends, including the ones who support rubbish football teams and the ones who occasionally […]
“You learn nowt from getting it right first time.” I can’t remember who first said that to me. Probably my parents, while singing the praises of my younger brother. But it’s true. Anyone who’s succeeded at anything knows that you learn a hell of a lot from failure. I guess that’s why a blog post […]
BANK HOLIDAY COMES SIX TIMES A YEAR DAYS OF ENJOYMENT TO WHICH EVERYONE CHEERS! BANK HOLIDAY COMES WITH A SIX PACK OF BEER ….THEN ITS BACK TO WORK A.G.A.I.N. – ‘Bank Holiday’, Blur It’s Bank Holiday time again, and workers across Britain are preparing for a long weekend of damp drinking, sodden barbecues and rain-drenched […]
Sometimes, the scales just drop from your eyes and you realise you’re in possession of a device so powerful that you can’t believe you take it for granted. My Eureka moment happened last week. The skies were grey, the dog was chewing yet another notebook, and I was chatting to a very friendly client about […]
When you imagine a brewery, what comes to mind? Huge vats? Swimming-pool sized quantities of beer? Giant mechanical bottling systems? Chances are you don’t think of a semi-detached house in suburban Prestwich. But that’s where I found myself, after accepting an invitation to Britain’s smallest commercial brewery, Manchester’s Beer Nouveau. Because when a man offers […]
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