051: Steve Folland – the freelancer journey

In this episode I’m talking to Steve Folland, a father, and owner of Creative Video and Content company Foll & Co.

Alongside his business, Steve produces and presents Being Freelance, a weekly podcast helping freelancers learn from one another’s skills and experience. He also creates weekly vlogs documenting his freelance business and lifestyle on YouTube.

Steve resigned from his job (of 12 years) in radio at the end of 2013, to become a self-employed, work-from-home dad. In true Parentpreneur style Steve was able to take care of the kids, one just about to start school at that time and became a freelancer writing scripts, editing and doing voiceovers for video and audio production.

Since then, Steve’s entrepreneurial spirit unintentionally thrived, as he organically developed his freelance work into a business. He now hires a team of freelance writers, voiceover artists, animators and designers to provide videos for big organisations (including a major food manufacturer and global bank) via a partnership with a learning and development company.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Building business from freelancing to hiring freelancers around the world as a business
  • Challenges of delegation and the process of delegating tasks
  • How Steve copes when projects are busy and kids go sick
  • Why Steve takes so much time off during school holidays
  • Growing his business beyond a few freelancing projects through a partnership

Resources mentioned in the episode:

  1. Peopleperhour
  2. Parentpreneur Episode on delegation
  3. Trello
  4. IPSE Awards
  5. Episode on Steve’s podcast – Amy “Keep hitting publish”
  6. Twitter
  7. Instagram
  8. Youtube

To listen to Steve’s podcast and see the vlogs you can catch them at www.beingfreelance.com

Are you an experienced Parentpreneur with an interesting story to share? Or do you know of an awesome Parentpreneur with valuable expertise who would like an interview?

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About The Author

Alexis Kingsbury

Alexis is founder of the Parentpreneur Accelerator and Making Greatness Ltd. He is a serial entrepreneur, with experience creating start-ups in a variety of areas, particularly in SaaS and EdTech. He is also a lucky husband and proud dad, and now helps other 'parentpreneurs' like him to achieve their dreams of having successful businesses, making a difference in the world, and spending time with the people they love.

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