Jodie McLeod is a writer, journalist and editor who first got a taste for solo life when she waved her desk job goodbye and travelled around Europe, working as a freelancer. The idea that she could do her job from anywhere — conducting interviews over Skype from hostel dorm rooms and writing articles on trains passing through Italy and France — made her realise that Soloism really was “the life”.
With some glossy magazines to her name (Jodie is editor of Complete Wedding Sydney and co-editor of restaurant guide Cheap Eats 2011–12), as well as numerous articles published in local and international publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Jodie has re-entered the solo world — based now at her new digs in the Blue Mountains — as editor of Flying Solo and as a freelance editor and writer.
Jodie also has a degree in creative writing, and likes to dabble in writing fiction and the occasional lyric and melody. She hopes the view from her desk will inspire her to do more of each.
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"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself" - William Faulkner.
Handing over the Flying Solo editor baton to Lucinda Lions while I’m on maternity leave has been a painless process. All I can say is – thank goodness for systems. Read more8
Success can be wonderful, but it’s costly and not always pretty. Read more17
Small-business success is possible at any age. Here, three young business owners share their inspiring start-up stories, challenges and small business advice. Read more4
For those having trouble choosing a career or business idea, “do something you’re passionate about” is common advice. But the word ‘passion’ doesn’t resonate with everyone. Read more18
How can you make people fall in love with your brand? Four business owners with a knack for wooing fans share their tips. Read more1
When meeting new people, my answer to the “What do you do?” question generates a bunch of further questions, which are tinged with fascination and suspicion. Read more15
Many Flying Solo members say the best and worst thing about being a soloist is being in charge. Why the lack of confidence? Here are my tips for taking charge like a boss.* Read more8
Marc Wittenberg’s line of work is about as niche as it gets. He shares his insights on why being unique is so important in business, and how to do it. Read more4
Far from being a self-help buzzword, mindfulness is enabling me to manage one of the biggest hindrances to my wellbeing. So imagine what else it can do. Read more29
What is the main thing you did in your business that you credit for getting it where it is today? Five successful business owners share their secrets. Read more3
As an Editor, written errors are my mortal enemy. Chief amongst my irritations is when Australian-English words are spelt the American way. And that’s spelt, not spelled. Read more28
A retail business gone bust and an unhealthy relationship with money led Paul von Bergen to rebuild his life through yoga, and to open a yoga retreat. But is living the dream all it’s cracked up to be? Read more1
As a soloist, feelings of guilt can get in the way of business enjoyment and success. If you’re susceptible to guilt, maybe it’s time to cut yourself some slack. Read more13
Traditional measures of success are giving way to new notions of what it means to 'make it' in life. From realistic to holistic, success is whatever you want it to be. Read more8
Bigcommerce co-founder and co-CEO Eddie Machalaani talks to Jodie McLeod about growing your business and how to achieve online retail success. Read more0
Flying Solo editor Jodie McLeod gets in the spirit of Work in the Nude Day – Friday, 7 December – to celebrate the freedoms of working from home. Read more
Working from home works a treat for most of us. But there are pitfalls for the unaware. Luckily, they’re easy to avoid. Read more15
CEO of Freelancer.com Matt Barrie talks to Jodie McLeod about starting a business, how to be a successful entrepreneur and the touchy subject of offshore outsourcing. How can small Australian businesses survive in the global economy? Read more5
Imagine you have three significant deadlines at the same time. How do you get it all done? Here’s how I coped with prioritising tasks, thanks to some advice from the Flying Solo community. Read more4
Career woman, mother, wife and curator-creator of opinions on all things women, Mia Freedman talks to Jodie McLeod about her journey of building and growing women's lifestyle website, Mamamia. Read more5
I did it. I completed my first ever marathon, and what I learnt from it could help you conquer any major challenge, whether personal or business related. Read more14
Photographic and digital artist Alexia Sinclair tells Jodie McLeod about the multilayered business of being a professional artist. Read more6
Imagine a job description for a micro business owner was advertised. I think the description would go something like this. Read more3
How does approaching your work with the mindset of a marathon runner help you achieve goals? I can tell you first hand. Read more11
Blurring the boundaries between who you are and what you do can seem like the ultimate in work/life balance, but when it comes to marketing on social media, it’s not always a good thing. Read more12
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