I’m Kate Goldstone, a Brighton-based freelance writer.
How long have you been freelancing, and why did you start?
I’ve been freelance for 9 years, since 2006. I started because throughout my 15 year direct marketing career I always disliked working with people. I hate all that ‘negotiating skills’ and interpersonal stuff. But I love working alone – I never get lonely or bored.
[themify_quote]I love working alone – I never get lonely or bored.” [/themify_quote]
Let’s talk about the start of your day – are you an early riser, or a night owl?
I’m boringly average. I start at 9am and finish at five, just like an ordinary office. I never work long hours.
What time do you start work?
Do you work from home?
What’s your working routine before you start work?
Grab a cuppa, switch the PC on and I’m off…
Do you take a lunch break?
No, I’m at my working best between 10am and 3pm and because all I do is sit on my ass all day, I don’t work up an appetite.
How do you tend to spend your afternoons?
How do you keep motivated? Do you have any particular techniques?
I’m lucky – I’m naturally motivated.
What time do you tend to sign off for the day?
5pm at the latest. If I finish at 3, I shut down the PC and go do something different: a walk with my SEO Consultant husband, gardening, painting a picture, cleaning the house…
[themify_quote]If I finish at 3, I shut down the PC and go do something different.” [/themify_quote]
Tell us – what’s your favourite thing about freelancing?
Not having to deal with colleagues, subordinates and bosses.
And your least favourite thing about freelancing?
Nothing. I love it – every second of it.
What tools/apps/gadgets/things could you not live without as a freelancer?
My PC, but otherwise that’s it. Oh… and Radio 4 as intelligent background noise.
Where can we find you online?
I also use LinkedIn and G+. But I reserve Facebook for friends and family only, not for SMM.
The Big Question – What’s the secret to your success?
Natural motivation plus a natural love of being on my own.
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