“If something isn’t working, start again”

Meet Mark, a Level 5 PPH freelancer who offers bespoke content marketing and blogging services for businesses of all sizes.

Specialising in web copy, he also develops content for full websites, news feeds and e-shots.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?

I made the big leap having spent fifteen years building a career at the same company. I went from ‘shop floor’ to director level during that time and left when I felt I had the necessary business experience to go it alone – it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?

Sales director

How did you come across PPH?

Google search!

What was your first job like on PPH?

A bit scary, but exciting all the same. Delivering and getting the thumbs up from the client was a great feeling.

What is a typical day like for you?

Dynamic. I start early (6am-ish) and work until I need to take a break. I don’t work standard 9-5 hours at all and couldn’t ever again – I much prefer to work when I’m at my most creative, which could be any time of the day or week.

How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?

It enables me to get so much more done – I’ve never been more productive, or had as much of my personal time available.

What benefits have you found by using PPH?

Ease of payment and the built-in comms system.

What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?

To continue learning the ways of the freelancer. I learn something new every day. I don’t have plans for mass expansion, more increasing my skillset and value to clients.

What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?

  1. Don’t undervalue yourself
  2. Be a great communicator – keep clients in the loop
  3. Be honest if you can’t deliver to a tight timescale
  4. Accept criticism in a positive fashion
  5. Treat each client like they’re the only one

What are your top 5 tips for your particular role? 

I’m a content creator, so:

  1. Don’t plagiarise – ever
  2. If something isn’t working, start again
  3. If you can no longer see the wood for the trees, get out and get some exercise
  4. Only work when you feel at your most creative
  5. Read as much as you can about your craft and learn from others

What web browser do you use?


If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?

A dog, because they are the most wonderful living things on the planet.

What do you think of Mark’s story? Please leave messages of support for Mark in our comments box below!

If you’d like us to feature your story, please contact us at community@peopleperhour.com.


PPH Freelancer Story - Mark Ellis "If something isnt working, start again"


Content marketing, bespoke blogging, copywriting, email marketing and social media management

Northampton, United Kingdom

Overview: Every piece of work I produce, whether it be a blog post, web page copy or a single tweet, is fully researched and genuinely unique – I don’t deal in copy and paste!



Kelly Jane
Kelly Jane
Kelly is PeoplePerHour marketing expert. She has a wealth of experience in digital and social media marketing. As a freelancer, she has been committed in helping small businesses grow by offering them agile and result-driven marketing services.
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Anthony Tornambe
Anthony Tornambe

Great Article Thanks.

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