Introducing Freelance Feels: Coaching and community for the self-employed
Freelance Feels is an honest, warts-and-all look at self-employed life. Founded by me, Jenny Stallard, this is a community for anyone who is freelance, self-employed, has a side hustle, is an entrepreneur or considers themselves to be their own boss.
Being self-employed is often seen as a holy grail, but it can be hugely challenging. From finances and networking to imposter syndrome and working from home.
At Freelance Feels, you’ll find content that gets to the heart of the ‘feels’ of being self-employed; I won’t be able to tell you how to do your tax return but I will talk about why it feels so rubbish to have left it to the last minute.
The symbol of Freelance Feels is a cactus, because freelancers are rather like cacti. For me, “We can survive tough conditions, but we still need love and water."
On the freelance feels website you’ll find regular articles and blog posts all about freelance life, including interviews with other freelancers and tips that have worked for me as a small business owner. There’s the podcast and newsletter, as well as coaching.
Freelance Feels isn’t about being the best freelancer, about nailing it or smashing it - it’s about getting through each day and feeling ok, while knowing you’re not alone in this crazy self-employed world.
Freelance Feels isn’t just a community – it offers coaching, too. Whether you want the personalised feeling of individual coaching or the camaraderie of group coaching, all the coaching at Freelance Feels is aimed at the self-employed and freelance, or anyone who is thinking of setting up on their own.
The coaching industry is growing rapidly, and many people offer coaching. So what sets me and Freelance Feels apart? First of all, I have trained with the renowned Optimus Coaching, an intense 6-month programme which has given me strong foundations and direct experience of coaching, including pure coaching. Optimus is ICF-accredited and I am working towards accreditation myself.
If you’re confused about where your business is heading, want to set goals to build your audience or client base, or just need to sort out how you feel about being self-employed and find a way forward, I can help.
Being a freelancer isn’t easy, and I understand that from personal experience! I also know how coaching can help – it can bring clarity, help you make plans, and help you fall back in love with a business that might not be working for you right now.
Secondly, I'm an experienced journalist and freelancer, and bring all of my experience to my coaching. I've been freelance since 2005, and also worked in different staff jobs where I regularly had contact with freelancers, as a Commissioning Editor. This gave me a unique perspective on self-employed life from both sides of the table or email. I truly know what it’s like to be professionally ghosted, to wonder if you should ditch the freelance life, but also how it feels to land the dream client or commission.
I'm a trained Tefl teacher (teaching English as a foreign language) and visiting lecturer at City University, London, on Writing for Business and Going Freelance with Confidence. So, I know what I'm doing when it comes to leading a group, too.
To get a feeling for my style, you can follow me on Instagram @freelance_feels where I share my own thoughts and advice. Or you can book a discovery call with me (AKA a relaxed phone chat).