Member Stories

As an organisation for the self-employed, the IPSE membership is full of inspirational stories and individuals. From the bravery of embarking on a freelance career, to overcoming challenges as a contractor, we want to share the knowledge and experiences of our members to help more people succeed in building their own careers and businesses.

International Trade Consultant Lucinda O’Reilly

We interviewed Lucinda about her business, the experience of setting up and finding the first clients, how IPSE membership has supported her so far, and where it can continue to help her in the future.

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Marketing Consultant Luan Wise

With more than a decade in self-employment, we spoke to Luan about how she started out, plans for the future, and how she has benefitted from the resources and opportunities available as an IPSE member.

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Solicitor Kim Huggins

We spoke to Kim about how she went from the idea of working for herself to establishing a successful self-employed business, helping a wide variety of businesses with a range of legal matters over the last five years.

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Consultant Naval Architect and Engineer Andrew Comley

In addition to being self-employed in a fascinating industry for many years, Andrew also shares his insight into how working for himself with Asperger’s makes his business stand out, and how he uses the flexibility of freelancing to manage chronic pain.

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Podcast and Video Producer Steve Folland

As a fairly well-known figure within UK freelancing, we wanted to speak to podcast and video producer Steve Folland about his work for clients, and also growing the Being Freelance podcast and community.

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John Bloomfield


Professional Photographer and Dog Walker John Bloomfield

We spoke to professional photographer and dog walker John Bloomfield. Formerly a professional in the insurance industry, John decided to pursue his passion instead, and this shows in the love for his work and the positivity it has brought into his life.

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