***GOLD Best Business Podcast***

British Podcast Awards 2021

“I don’t need friends. I have Frankie and Steve.”

“The most relatable podcast I have ever listened to.”

“Freelance parents — This podcast will change your life.”


Photo of us by Sian Parker.

DIFTKThe Podcast

The fortnightly podcast for parents who work freelance. Hosted by Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland. Take note: we swear a bit! 

Episode #01

When you have kids around and need to take a client call.

14th March 2019

Episode #02

Emotional soup! How to keep things clear when work and life all happens under one roof.

21st March 2019

Episode #03

When your “friend” wants some free business advice.

27th March 2019

Episode #04

How to eat something other than biscuits.

4th April 2019

Episode #05

When people seem to think your job is a “hobby”.

11th April 2019

Episode #06

How to find focus in a fragmented day.

18th April 2019

Episode #07

Trying to work when the kids are sick (again).

25th April 2019

Episode #08

What to do when you have nothing to do.

2nd May 2019

Episode #09

Staying visible over the summer holidays.

9th May 2019

Episode #10

How to grow your business when real life has other ideas.

16th May 2019

Episode #11

When your friends say they love your work but don’t actually buy it.

6th June 2019

Episode #12

When childcare help from your family isn’t actually much help.

13th June 2019

Episode #13

When you keep getting distracted by the competition.

20th June 2019

Episode #14

Tips for freelancers thinking about starting a family.

4th July 2019

Episode #15

Finding balance between paid work and unpaid business building.

11th July 2019

Episode #16

School newbies! Adjusting to working within school hours.

12th September 2019

Episode #17

When you try (and fail) to ‘have it all’.

19th September 2019

Episode #18

Taking maternity leave when you have retainer clients.

26th September 2019

Episode #19

Overwhelm! What to do when it all gets a bit much.

3rd October 2019

Episode #20

How to avoid procrastination.

10th October 2019

Episode #21

Coping with the cult of busy.

17th October 2019

Episode #22

When it’s time to put your rates up.

7th November 2019

Episode #23

How to feel like you’re moving up, instead of just along.

14th November 2019

Episode #24

Freelance friction. When working evenings and weekends eats into ‘family time’.

21st November 2019

Episode #25

Saying NO. How to turn down work from ‘red flag’ clients.

28th November 2019

Episode #26

Burnout alert! How to stay sane at Christmas.

12th December 2019

Episode #27

How to explain your job to your kids.

19th December 2019

Episode #28

When updating your social media is just one thing too many.

9th January 2020

Episode #29

Juggling kids and a multi-hyphen career.

15th January 2020

Episode #30

When you keep ignoring your inbox.

23rd January 2020

Episode #31

Don’t panic! Going from one kid to two.

30th January 2020

Episode #32

Accident & Emergency! Making sure you have a financial safety net.

27th February 2020

Episode #33

Moving your business (and family) to a new place.

5th March 2020

Episode #34

Why we co-mentor each other and why you should do it too.

11th March 2020

Episode #35

School’s out for… erm, not sure.

19th March 2020

Episode #36

Work you can do from your phone.

27th March 2020

Episode #37

Life right now.

2nd April 2020

Episode #38

How to drum up work in a pandemic without being seen as ‘opportunistic’.

23rd April 2020

Episode #39

When you’ve just left your job to go freelance, in the middle of a global crisis.

30th April 2020

Episode #40

When you’ve only got 7 minutes a day to work.

7th May 2020

Episode #41

Chasing payments in a pandemic.

14th May 2020

Episode #42

When you’ve lost all motivation.

28th May 2020

Episode #43

How to line-up work when you don’t know when you might have childcare again.

11th June 2020

Episode #44

When it feels like being self-employed isn’t worth it anymore.

18th June 2020

Episode #45

Let’s talk social media.

25th June 2020

Episode #46

Making the leap into full-time freelancing.

9th July 2020

Episode #47

When your partner is negative about your business.

15th July 2020

Episode #48

How to celebrate your wins without sounding like a w*nker.

30th July 2020

Episode #49

Preparing for Lockdown 2.0.

22nd September 2020

Episode #50

When your partner starts working from home.

29th September 2020

Episode #51

How to move back into an employed role.

6th October 2020

Episode #52

Riding the freelance rollercoaster.

20th October 2020

Episode #53

How to deal with project creep.

3rd November 2020

Episode #54

Coping with Covid-related stress.

12th November 2020

Episode #55

When you have a classic case of ‘shiny object syndrome’.

19th November 2020

Episode #56

How to ‘get a life’ outside of work and kids.

26th November 2020

Episode #57

Stuff you do and don’t need when starting out as a freelancer.

3rd December 2020

Episode #58

Setting boundaries with your clients.

10th December 2020

Episode #59

Bye Bye 2020.

18th December 2020

Episode #60

Dealing with “icky” clients.

28th January 2021

Episode #61

Deciding how much work you can take on.

11th February 2021

Episode #62

When it feels like it’s time to scale up.

25th February 2021

Episode #63

When your clients are always late.

11th March 2021

Episode #64

Putting ourselves back together.

25th March 2021

Episode #65

When you’re not sure about a new opportunity.

22nd April 2021

Episode #66

Coping with professional ‘ghosting’.

6th May 2021

Episode #67

Finding your ‘thing’.

20th May 2021

Episode #68

Breaking up with a difficult client.

10th June 2021

Episode #69

Retainers: WTF.

24th June 2021

Episode #70

When your agency is just, er, you.

15th July 2021

Episode #71

When your creative business isn’t creative anymore.

16th September 2021

Episode #72

Planning your maternity leave as a freelancer.

30th September 2021

Episode #73

How to get over a (client) breakup.

21st October 2021

Episode #74

How promote yourself when speaking at an event.

11th November 2021

Episode #75

When you just can’t get any rest.

25th November 2021