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Work From Home Apathy | helloimnik

I’ve been out of the office now for 6 years, I worked in them for 19 — I’m actually not sure I could go back to that way of working 🧐

I also said that I wouldn’t write a thing about working from home, because everyone has done it — but I still see lots about people struggling especially with the mental health side of things, so I’m going to offer up my undemanding take.

If you’re new to home working, or have been forced into home working here are some down to earth tips that could help you get through your…


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helloimnik

The investment you make in the design of your brand and brand products is an important one. If you don’t think you’ll be able to achieve what a designer can, you need to hire one.

How will you know which designer is right? Or how much is the right price?

I’m here to hopefully debug that info for you in this post.

Whatever stage you’re coming in at, be it a full rebrand, or a marketing piece — you need to be clear about what you need. With that, the designer will be able to let you know;


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illustration by me | procreate — background image by Luke Chesser Unsplash

I feel like I’m the only creative that doesn’t have instagram.

‘it’s the best place to be if you create’

But if you really look deeply at the platform, there’s very little creating going on.

Most of the accounts I saw when I was on there were posting photos of retro tech taken by someone in the 80s, nostalgia is what was building their accounts of thousands of followers and it began to feel unfair.

You’d also see very talented illustrators or creators new to the platform with hardly any engagement, because they’re artists not influencers or marketing experts.

I’ve had several accounts over the years, the most followers I gained was 7k with a virtual photography gaming account, which was followed by Rockstar Games. …


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helloimnik

I’ve been working as part of the Unsplash Editorial Team going through the photo submissions that come in daily for a year — the best bit about it is, as it’s a 100% manual process, I get to see every photo that comes in 😍

As well as working for Unsplash, I set up a Photography Group in the town I lived in 11 years ago, which is still going strong, learned the technicals of a camera working up from bridge camera to DSLR and began as a Freelance Photographer working with clients around the country.

I decided half way through the client photography to focus on design which is where I am now, but I bring with me a huge learning curve for the photography that I now do. …


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helloimnik | Unsplash

What we’ve been through since this all started has been an eye opener. Something unprecedented, something none of us have experienced in our lives, and hopefully never will again. I’ve wanted to document it, stay calm enough to have focus on what to document — the anxieties not quite staying at bay.

Here in the UK we’ve endured having to stay in during unseasonably hot weather, depressing rain for days (no snow-unlike last year thankfully), several weeks (I’ve lost count and don’t want to remember) of no garden, no family, no boyfriend near me.

There have been some positives. I’ve read more books than I did outside of all this, learned new software, how to draw again, felt gratitude beyond anything I’ve felt before, like, proper gratitude. Felt guilt because I have money coming in, have a roof over my head, have my health. …


This pandemic lockdown has been an interesting time, still amongst it I’m seeing trends of things happening locally.

Firstly, people aren’t picking up their doggie doos as much as they were. Yum! Secondly, latex gloves, everywhere.

So I chose to document the gloves 🥊 and not the doos 💩

These poor creatures were discarded, left to fend for themselves amidst the crisis that we’re all in while the bins look on, hungrily.

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This morning (21st April) I hosting the #ContentClubUK Twitter chat, I wanted to chat about how people are feeling supported, if they’ve needed it or given it.

In the early days of the Corona Virus Lockdown it was business as usual for me, with the exception of not being able to see my other half, but as time has gone on it’s got tougher and I wanted to see how everyone else was coping. Some really lovely responses came through, here’s the questions with a selection of my favourite answers.

Q1. Are you using this time to approach people to offer your help? If so, what help are you offering (work/emotional/other)?


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helloimnik.co.uk

You decide to go freelance. What’s next? Just give up your job. Bingo!
The money will come in, the clients will be like rainbows coming out of majestic unicorn’s butts.

If anyone tells you this is how to do it they’re lying. The unicorn is lying.
When I decided I wanted to work for myself it took me 2 years to get there, I interned for a year whilst working my previous career, then took the plunge a year later.

I didn’t do it the smartest way, I left my job with no money, no clients and no idea how to get them, but it worked out, I gave myself a month to find myself the clients I needed and wanting it enough / the fear of living on the streets gave me the push I needed. …


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Photo by Mag Pole on Unsplash

As a freelancer and introvert, it can be tough to get the balance of human contact right.

With it being #LonelinessPreventionWeek when I wrote this, and #MentalHealthAwarenessDay today (Oct 19), I can confirm it’s not just older people that struggle.

As humans we’re ‘supposed’ to be in packs, right? Well, not me, I don’t enjoy packs and I know I’m not the only one.

I often used to feel like I had something wrong with me, preferring my own company or feel exhausted spending lots of time with others.

BUT…

The flipside of this is, even for introverts, too much alone time can feel lonely. …


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Adam Birkett | Unsplash

Inspired yesterday by Andre Spiteri’s Content Club questions, which were all about time management.

Something I don’t tend to focus on too much, as I find trying to work out intricate ways to manage time is a huge distraction. So it got me thinking.

Heavy reliance on apps and tech is something I don’t enjoy, I’ve trialled Trello, and various other apps and whilst useful for some, definitely just a way of wasting time for me. …

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Freelance Brand & Marketing Graphic Designer ■ Writer ■ Human Being ■ Photographer

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