Category: Insights

Registered Provider for the North East Business Support Fund

I’m interrupting the usual blog scheduling for a quick update. I am now a registered provider for NBSL’s North East Business Support Fund to help businesses to improve their competitiveness.

The NEBSF provides project grants and masterclasses to businesses based in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, or County Durham with plans to grow turnover and/or employ more staff, which could be you.

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How to freelance on the side

Make it work for you and avoid burnout

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make money on the side of a full-time job, don’t freelance. It can be incredibly rewarding and valuable for a number of reasons, but it does come with just as many challenges.

This is what I’ve found from six years of freelancing alongside busy and hectic agency jobs, with a few stop-starts and lessons along the way.

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It is a small world, after all

How it’s more like two degrees of separation at agencies

There are so many clichés in the agency world that it would be easy to fill a dictionary. Some are hard to avoid, most need to be banned. One that you won’t hear very often though is “it’s a small world” as this industry is in fact tiny.

I probably need to file this under “unconventional advice”, but for me, it doesn’t take away its importance for anyone starting out or working at an agency to know.

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What even is “agency experience”?

And what we’re really asking for…

One of the most interesting things about working at an agency is the different people and how varied their backgrounds are. There seems to be hundreds of paths that have led people to agency roles, but how is that possible when most require “agency experience” as a minimum?

These are my thoughts from the last eight years about what this really means and things that I’d tell anyone to consider if they are hoping or planning to work at an agency in the future.

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The youngest sports journalist ever banned…?

A quick and pretty brutal lesson in social media

I hate icebreakers. The first 10 minutes of a workshop or event when you’re forced to play a “fun” game to get to know everyone.

A classic is ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ where total strangers guess which of your three statements is a lie from basically sitting and judging you. I probably hate it because I don’t think I have anything interesting to share, and even now writing this first post, I have the same sort of feeling.

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