The Solo Collective

4/28/2022

THRIVE: What solo workers need

Season 3, Ep. 7
Season 3 finale! Sue Ashford really does know what solo workers need to thrive - because she's one of the few people to have spent a career studying how freelancers, remote workers, independent workers and the self employed actually work, and what makes them happy. Her research means we now understand much more about making better choices about how, where and with whom we work.Sue is is the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professor in the Management and Organisations group at the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Sue really cares about using her teaching and research work to help people to be effective in their work lives. She's written for publications like the Harvard Business Review and most recently wrote a brilliant book, The Power Of Flexing which is all about how to change and grow at work.Thank you for joining us during season 3 of the Solo Collective. This episode is the last of the current series, but we plan to be back soon. If you like what we do here, please leave a rating or review wherever you get your podcasts - it helps the algorithm show the podcast to more people who might like it. Thank you!The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.To find out more about Sue:Visit her website: Susanashford.comTwitter: @sueashfordInstagram: @susanjashfordMore from Rebecca Seal:Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collectiveTwitter: @RebeccaSealWebsite: How To Work AloneThis series is produced by Hester Cant
3/24/2022

MONEY: What is financial well-being?

Season 3, Ep. 2
For many of us, looking after our money - as adults, as well as solo workers - feels like one of the most complicated things we have to do. And yet, as Clare Seal points out, most of us lack any kind of financial education and are just muddling along as best we can. Combine that with the fact that for many solo workers, our income is inextricably tied to how we view both our business success and our sense of self worth, and you've got a fairly toxic combination. Clare Seal (no relation to Rebecca!) knows all this only too well: in her 20s, she got into debt and saw it impact not just her finances but also her mental health. As she worked to dig herself out of debt over the past three years, she documented her experiences on instagram, via a then-anonymous account, @myfrugalyear, which gained thousands of followers before she outed herself. Today, she writes about financial well being and helps other people navigate the practicalities and emotions of money. Her latest book is Five Steps to Financial Wellbeing, a brilliant guide to getting to grips with how you feel about money, filled with practical advice - just like this conversation with her is. The Solo Collective is sponsored by Tide business banking: banking made easy for sole traders and small businesses. We are also sponsored by Pension Bee, which has a flexible pension product specifically for self employed people.Clare's recommendations:SnoopQuickbooks accounting softwareMoney Saving Expert websiteIllumoni borrowing companion appMore from Clare Seal:Find her on Instagram: @myfrugalyearMore from Rebecca Seal:Instagram: @bexseal ; @the_solo_collectiveTwitter: @RebeccaSealWebsite: How To Work AloneThis series is produced by Hester Cant