By Ashley Baxter & Paddy Donnelly
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Join Ashley Baxter and Paddy Donnelly on a journey to figure out how to create a business doing what you love. Is it possible to make a living from your hobby? On Working out, Ashley & Paddy discuss their own personal journeys in creating their passion-based business. This is about the expedition, the here and now, the daily challenges and achievements towards getting paid for your passion.
||Clean#45: Working Remotely||As Paddy works remotely for almost all of his projects, he shares his positive and negative experiences on handling timezones, communication, results-based work and developing trust with clients. Ashley talks about her experiences hiring remote freelanc||4 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#44: What Happens After You Ship?||You've shipped your project. Congratulations! Now what do you do? Do you abandon that little boat you've built out in the middle of the ocean? Or do you get working on steering it towards your destination? Ashley and Paddy talk about mythical overnight||28 5 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#43: Flipping A Side Project Into A Real Business||It started out as a bit of fun, but now you're thinking that this pet project you've been tinkering with in the evenings could actually be a real business. What do you do now? Ashley and Paddy discuss their experiences flipping their fun projects into m||21 5 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#42: Quality Matters||Here's the story. Ashley and Paddy recorded an episode of the show for this week, but realised afterwards that it wasn't quite up to their standard. Instead of just releasing it anyway, they ditched it and recorded a new episode on why quality matters.||14 5 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#41: Building For Long Term Success||Is it just a bit of fun, or a serious business? This is an important question you need to ask yourself about your passion. On the show this week, Ashley and Paddy discuss how you can plan for long term success in your business by thinking about end goal||7 5 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#40: The Go It Alone Checklist||So, you're thinking of making the jump to go it alone and work for yourself? Whether that's freelancing or setting up a small business, there are a few things you need to take into account before diving in. Ashley and Paddy have come up with a list of 1||30 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#39: How To Survive Working From Home||People who work at home are living the dream, aren't they? What could be better than sitting in your pyjamas and working from your sofa? There are a lot of challenges when you live and work in the same place, and this week we discuss dealing with distra||23 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#38: How To Launch A Product||So you’ve put all the hard work in to actually make your product, and now you’re ready to hit the launch button. With two product launches in as many weeks, Ashley & Paddy talk about some of the things they do before, during and after they launch a||16 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#37: When Should You Work For Free?||In the wake of Ashley launching her new camera course, the guys talk about the taboo subject of working for free. In the past they've discussed what to charge for your passion, but this week's topic is all about those situations where it's ok to not get||9 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#36: Naming Your Ideas||Do you need to name your ideas before you start working on them? Is finding a good name a blocker for you? For many people it's a tough process, but it doesn't need to be. This week Ashley and Paddy discuss their different approaches to naming their pro||2 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#35: Back To Reality||Season two is here! After taking a break from the show over the winter, Paddy and Ashley are back. Paddy's got some stories after travelling for 3 months around South America. He explains how he was able to take so much time off work and how he's not qu||26 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#34: Season Finale - Our Yearly Review||We've made it! In the season 1 finale of our show we look back at how the podcast has changed our working lives over the past 34 weeks. We talk about what we've learned, how our goals have changed since the beginning and what you can expect from season||24 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#33: Conquering Your Fears||Staying in your comfort zone and not taking any chances can be tempting, but will it make you happy in the long run? Setting up your own business doing what you love takes a lot of courage, so this week we talk about the fears we've encountered in our o||17 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#32: Paddy's Design Process||A good designer obsesses over the details. Last week we talked about Ashley's wedding photography process, so this week we discuss the details of Paddy's illustration and design process. Learn how he gets new clients, deals with payment, budgets and con||10 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#31: Ashley's Photography Process||Ashley reveals the secrets of being a wedding photographer. She covers finding new clients, first impressions, scouting venues, getting paid, crazy requests, conducting yourself on the big day, post-event communication and delivering the finished produc||3 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#30: Educating Clients||In order to have a healthy working relationship between client and designer/photographer/other, you need to educate the client on how to work effectively with you. Before anything starts, you both need to decide what each of your roles will be, discuss||26 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29: Avoiding 'Freelancer Loneliness'||The freelance life can be a lonely one, especially if you work from home. Co-working spaces, having side projects and contributing to your industry all feature on our list of tips to avoid 'freelancer loneliness'.||19 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28: Preparing For Your First Speaking Gig||If you want to run your own business, you’re eventually going to have to market it to people. This week we talk about one method of doing that - public speaking. From intimate meet ups to large conferences, we cover preparation, dealing with nerves an||12 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27: The Working Out Side Project (Part 5 - The Launch)||We've finished our MVP! After working on the side project for the past few weeks and documenting our progress along the way, we're finally happy to announce our little app is ready for you to play with. Yay! We'd like you to meet Toddle, an app to help||5 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26: The Working Out Side Project (Part 4 - The Delay)||What happens when you miss a deadline? Have you planned for it? We're a little behind schedule with our app, and in this episode we explain why. Ashley talks about the challenges she's been facing while re-kickstarting her development skills, her strugg||29 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25: The Working Out Side Project (Part 3 - The Development)||In the third part of our mini-series, we look at the progress Ashley has been making with the development of the app. She presents what she's whipped up so far and we see if it works or not, which leads us on to a discussion about having confidence in y||22 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24: The Working Out Side Project (Part 2 - The Design)||Paddy pitches the wireframes and designs to Ashley in part 2 of our mini series following our side project creation process. We discuss the contract between us, the interactions and details of our daily stand up app and what the next steps will be to cr||15 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23: The Working Out Side Project (Part 1 - The Idea)||We're putting our money where our mouth is this week as we kick off a multi-part series where we're actually going to design, build and ship a side project together. In this first part, we brainstorm a list of ideas and make a decision on an MVP that wo||8 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22: The Importance of Having A Personal Brand||Everything you put out there contributes in some way to how people think of you as a professional. Every tweet, Facebook status, Instagram and email. Everything. People like to deal with people, so ask yourself why would a potential client choose you ov||30 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21: What If I'm Not Good Enough?||Why would anyone like my work? Why would anyone read my blog? Why would anyone listen to my podcast? We know we've got the skills to deliver, but why do we still have confidence issues when it comes to our passion? If we should be confident in one thing||24 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20: Sticking With Things||Have you grown bored of your goals or projects? Starting something is easy, but sticking with it is the difficult part. Paddy and Ashley talk about the key to sticking with things and the importance of optimising your environment, as well as becoming a||16 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19: Nobody Said It Was Going To Be Easy||Nobody said following your passion would be easy. Encountering periods of frustration is normal. Ashley and Paddy share some of the frustrations they face in building their passion-based businesses, from coping with a lack of support to dealing with a l||10 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18: Let's Take A Break||In a culture that celebrates long, unsustainable working hours, Paddy and Ashley look at how taking a break from work can actually be conducive to productivity. They talk about the guilt they've battled with when taking breaks from work and stepping awa||3 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17: Should You Ever Work For Friends Or Family?||It's that age old saying that you should 'never work for friends or family', but is it ever a good idea? What happens when professional criticism comes across as a personal attack? How much should you be charging your family for your 'passion'? This wee||27 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: The 'What' In Doing What You Love||Do you know 'what' you're passionate about? Sometimes it's not so easy to pick out a theme that ties all your various passions together. What if you aren't passionate about anything at all? Following up on last week's 'why' discussion, Ashley and Paddy||20 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: Self-Discovery With The 5 Whys||Using the 5 Whys technique, an initially skeptical Paddy finds out that his original goal of 'cutting out client work' isn't really his goal at all. This week on the show, Ashley and Paddy embark on a journey of self-discovery to get to the root of why||13 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: Not Following Through||We all go to conferences or listen to podcasts and nod along to the advice thinking 'That's a great idea, I must do that.' But then we don't do anything about it. We slump straight back into our familiar surroundings, when we should be taking action! Th||6 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: I Quit!||The Day Job. It's one of the huge barriers between you and setting up your dream business. Not a decision to be taken lightly, but leaving the 'security' of a day job for a chance at setting up a passion based business is a big step in the process. This||30 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Creative Block||We've all had it. That feeling where you can't move forward, the idea well has run dry and everything that you create is missing the mark. Creative block is horrible, but is it really just an excuse we use for something we actually don't want to do? Thi||23 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: Dealing With Rejection||Whether it's hearing the words 'we won't be publishing your book' or 'I don't like green', everyone eventually deals with rejection in their quest to create a passion based business. Stop letting other people dictate the success of your dream. There isn||16 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Why Are You Not Shipping?||Registering domain names and putting up landing pages are easy. Actually building and shipping your idea is the hard part. We talk about those first few crucial days after you get an idea, and how building something as quickly as possible can drasticall||9 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Disrupting Sleeping Industries||Do your passions lie in an industry which lacks innovation? Do you feel you could do better but there are too many huge, more established players to compete with? Remember, more often than not, true innovation comes from the little guy. Ashley talks us||2 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Putting A Price On Your Passion||‘If you're good at something, never do it for free’. How do you charge for doing what you love? It’s difficult to put a price on a hobby that you're turning into a profession. This week we talk about knowing your value, negotiating with clients an||25 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: How To Get The Work You Want To Get||How can you snag those dream clients? This week we talk about portfolios, which pieces you should and should not put in them and the damaging effects of a coming soon page. We discuss the importance of clearly defining your potential clients and curatin||18 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Turning Your Passion Into A Business||How do you actually go about flipping a passion into a money making venture that you can live off? We discuss the various steps you should take as your turn a hobby into a job. Any niche passion can make money, so why not yours?||11 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Stop Celebrating Failure||Why are we being encouraged to fail all the time? 'Fail early, fail often'. 'Fail, fail, fail'. Failure is a big deal, so why are we trivialising it? Why are we being bombarded with the negative side of failure, rather than focusing on the positives? Th||4 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Talent vs Hard Work||How does success seemingly come so easily to others, when I have to work so hard for it? When you look at talented, successful people, you're only seeing the finished product, not all the hard work they put in. Talent gets your foot in the door, it's th||28 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Collaboration||Ashley gets angry at herself in this episode on collaboration. We try to define what exactly counts as collaborating and Ashley talks about her frustrations of working solo on projects. How do you make yourself available for collaboration and how do you||21 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Time Mismanagement and Saying 'No'||Don't have enough hours in the day? In this episode Ashley and Paddy discuss how badly they manage their time. Taking on too much work, saying yes to everything and switching off are all on the agenda this week. If you find yourself swamped with work an||14 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Doing What You Love||In this first episode, Ashley and Paddy introduce the Working Out podcast and what it's about, touching upon where they're both currently at in their careers, and where they ultimately want to be.||6 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Haggis and Waffles - what more do you need?
Gaining insights into how other people work and the issues they face everyday helps encourage us in the knowledge that we are not facing these issues alone. Ashley and Paddy bring together a great sense of comradeship that is easy to engage with and is fun. The fact that they in separate countries helps show that the web really is a global business even if you feel alone at work at times.
You project stands a better chance of "working out" if you listen to this!
This is an excellent podcast for people looking to develop a side project or perhaps make the "big leap" to go freelance. Ashley and Paddy have valuable experiences spanning photography, illustration and insurance (yes, you heard me right, insurance!) that they share with their listeners. The podcast has the kind of informality you would expect from a chat in a coffee shop and their accents (Scottish and Irish respectively) are an added bonus. I'm sure this podcast has a bright future.
Superb, passionate and inspiring
I’ve been subscribed to Working Out from day one, having been a huge fan of both Ashley and Paddy’s work before they joined forces. I’m just starting out in design and illustration, having left a career I had no love for to pursue my passion. Their advice and anecdotes are spot-on and really speak to my situation a lot. For that I’m really thankful!
Plenty of jokes and light-hearted banter too. Keep up the great work guys :)