Wokingham freelancer shortlisted for national award

A Wokingham-based freelancer has been shortlisted for the Freelancer of the Year Award.

Kate Taylor has been nominated for the UK’s biggest freelancer awards, the IPSE Freelancer of the Year Awards.

She impressed the judges with her achievements and social impact.

Chief Executive at IPSE, Chris Bryce said: “Freelancing allows people to be innovative, following their dreams to start businesses that could grow into a great success that benefits us all.  Rachel hugely impressed us against a very strong field with her work to help people build better relationships, which shows the positive impact that freelancers have.”

And Kate was naturally delighted.

She said: “I can’t shift the smile from my face since reaching the finals of Freelancer of the Year.

“What an honour – thank you! It’s a huge, lovely shock, and demonstrates what I love most about being freelance: you can never predict what’s waiting for you around the next corner, so just keep going.

“These awards are a great way to celebrate the opportunity and possibility that self-employment gives all of us – even if, like me, you feel you’re making it all up as you go.”

Kate has been a freelance writer, specialising in dating, relationships and sex, for 23 years.

In that time she’s written five books, two online courses, and thousands of articles for magazines and newspapers including The Sun, The Guardian, The Observer, Men’s Health, More!, and Glamour.

She was also GQ’s sex columnist for five years.

She presented two series of Sex Tips for Girls on Channel Four, and worked with match.com as their Dating Expert for a decade. She has been voted Dating Writer of the Year in the 2017 UK Dating Awards, and even the 298th Sexiest Woman in the World (out of 300). 

Kate now helps the over-50s in their search for love as the Dating Expert for OurTime.co.uk and Readers Digest. 

The Awards are now in their sixth year and recognise and celebrate the innovation and excellence of freelancers across the UK.

Applicants are judged on a range of criteria including the strength of their portfolio, their passion and commitment to freelancing, business acumen, creativity and the distinctiveness of their work.

The number of freelancers in the UK has risen rapidly over the last 10 years with the self-employed now adding £275bn to the economy.

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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