It’s just over four months since I discovered I was being made partially redundant and, I’ve had to make some tough choices. Over the last few months I did some soul searching, some scheming and plotting, and Apron has been the end result. A brand that unites my freelance activities under one name that isn’t necessarily all about me.
The freelance journey has been an interesting one so far. My main client has been Proud to be Green, where I’ve been assisting with PR and content creation. I’m really enjoying my time with them, and Nigel has been a big star in helping me get my feet on terra firma. I also believe strongly in their cause and the need for action – we can all do out bit, no matter how small.
Working in the public sector (still partially) there is a certain way of doing things, which exist in a very different universe. Slowly getting myself into the mindset of a new way of working is very valuable experience. Also selling myself and putting value on the work that I can do is very hard for anyone who isn’t used to selling themselves.
I’m still very much involved with Dining Devon (this is always trundling along in the background!). I was absolutely bowled over by the lovely food at The Ginger Peanut a few weeks ago, Peter Mundy has created a lovely boutique Restaurant with Rooms in Bampton which is worth a visit! More recently we attended a delicious evening at Ashburton Cookery School at their Charity Dining event where students get to cook for the public, all proceeds go towards a charity which changes each year.
In between I attended a really fun event at Hotel Du Vin put on by The Samphire Club (thanks for the invite John Harvey!) and the Princesshay Wimbledon event. Networking is pretty important with freelancing, and I’m really grateful to know some excellent humans already!
Now. To make some sustainable business cards…