Edinburgh Freelance Friday

19 Oct

A month ago I became a full-time freelancer, I wrote about it here. I found my first week really hard but one positive was I invited Edinburgh Freelancers for a pint on the Friday ‘after work’. Six of us met and many more got in touch to say they’d like to another time. People seemed to think it was a good idea so…

Edinburgh Freelance Friday is back!

This time we’ve hired the back room at Sofi’s in the Shore from 5.30pm on Friday 21st October.


If you’re an Edinburgh Freelancer, join us because you don’t have an office, it’s the end of the week and it’s good to meet other freelancers. Expect a warm welcome, free popcorn and good craic.

Confirmed attendees include: Milo McLaughlin (Clear Minded Creative),  Elspeth MurrayJon MelvilleShell BrysonAlly TibbittJaimie MaccDonland, Rob Kyle (Rob the Forager), Jolene Cargill (mediawummin), Cat Clarke, Gilliann Law (Tech_Literate), Matt R (ante_social), Tanja Pislar and Fin Wycherley.

Hoping to come includes: Alan (The Broughton Spurtle), Michael MacLeodJames Coltham and LillyLyle. Come on you hopefuls!

Full and part time freelancers welcome, the list above includes poets, app makers, life coaches, journalists, jewellery makers, editors, podcast makers, ghost writers, educators and much more besides.

If you’re coming let me know so we can look out for you and I’ll add you to the guest list above. Drop me a comment below or I’m @auntyemily on twitter. The hash tag we’re using when talking about Edinburgh Freelance Friday on twitter is #edff. I’ve also made a twitter list of Edinburgh Freelancers. Just let me know if you want added. I can’t seem to add myself which is rather annoying!

Please pass this on, hope to see you Friday! (:

Freelance Friday Interviews

Lastly, because we can all learn from each other, I’ll be posting a series of interviews with local freelancers on this blog, YEY! First up we have top International Literary Agent (and writer) Allan Guthrie and editor, writer and man of mystery behind the brilliant Broughton Spurtle Alan Mackintosh. I’ll be asking:

  • How did you get started?
  • If you could go back to when you started what advice would you give yourself?
  • What do you like best about being a freelancer?
  • What do you find most challenging about being a freelancer?
  • How do you know when to stop working?
  • What do you do in your breaks?
  • Are you being paid to do what you love or do you do something else to finance what you love?
  • What are you top money saving tips?
  • What new projects are in the pipeline?

I’m looking forward to reading their answers and just so you know, there’ll be others too. I won’t only interview people called Alan, Allan or indeed Allen.


Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Events


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6 responses to “Edinburgh Freelance Friday

  1. Miss Edinburgh

    October 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    This is a great idea as Friday nights are preferable for me over any other time in the week. as other social meet ups tend to be. Will be sure to come along when I get back from holidays and can’t wait to read about Alan Makintosh!

    Thanks for organising Emily – another string to your amazing bow 🙂

  2. auntyemily

    October 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks Miss Ed,
    Looking forward to sharing a Freelance Friday pint with you in the not too distant future and hope you’re having an amazing holiday (:

  3. emmaquayle

    November 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hey, this is a great idea! I’m there! when’s the next one? Is it the Dec 16th one? 🙂 It’s in my diary! xxxxx

    • auntyemily

      November 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      November 25th at the Parlour, Leith. Then December 16th at Sofi’s Leith. Both 5.30pm, hope to see you there! (:


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