Setting up my editorial business: reflections on my initial decisions

In this post I wish to consider some of the early decisions I have made in relation to setting up an editorial business, and the thought behind them. At the outset it is important to emphasize that I am not offering advice, nor am I suggesting my approach is a model of best practice. My … Continue reading Setting up my editorial business: reflections on my initial decisions

Thinking like a business, rather than a medieval knight (or an idiot)

When I first went freelance, I mused at length on the freelancing ethic. I pondered the idea of freedom, the notion of independence, and the sweet air far removed from the stifling miasma of the corporation, the office, the boss and the 9-to-5 routine (not that I had ever experienced offices or routines). I conjured … Continue reading Thinking like a business, rather than a medieval knight (or an idiot)

The festive freelancer

Spare a thought for many freelancers and self-employed at Christmas. A good friend of mine, whose entire career has been spent in self-employment, has always been unfailingly curmudgeonly at this time of year. I had never understood his loathing of Christmas. Sure, there are numerous annoyances (which do seem to accumulate as one gets older), … Continue reading The festive freelancer

The way of the ronin

Once upon a time, provided one had the money, some knights could be hired for pay. They were the original freelancers: possessing a horse and a lance, and with no bond of loyalty to a lord, they were free. In feudal Japan the equivalent was the ronin, the masterless samurai famously depicted in Akira Kurosawa’s … Continue reading The way of the ronin