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Survive & Thrive as a Creative Freelancer: A Beginner's Guide
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Gain vital business skills to establish yourself as a professional freelancer
One third of workers in the creative industries are freelancers. In such a competitive sector, making your freelance career sustainable takes more than just a healthy dose of creativity.
On this six-week course, you’ll learn everything you need to make managing your freelance business a success.
Discover what it takes to turn a freelancing side hustle into a viable career
When starting out, many freelancers fall foul of common pitfalls due to a poor understanding of the business processes required.
On this course, you’ll be guided through the basic principles of planning a business and how to market your skills. With this knowledge, you can source a client base that suits your skill set and deliver service excellence with every contract.
Master small business management strategies and freelance processes
Drawing on research from creative entrepreneurship, you’ll explore freelance business structures and consider how legislation in your country regulates freelance workers. You’ll also learn about financial planning for freelance work, including start-up costs nd taxes.
On this course, you’ll find out how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and build resilience as a small business owner. This vital aspect of business management will allow you to stay healthy while handling the pressures of running your own business.
Expand your self employed prospects with guidance from freelance creatives and industry experts from Kingston University
You’ll learn the techniques to grow your business from experts with first-hand experience of forging a freelance career in the creative industries.
By the end of the course you’ll be equipped with the tools to develop a well-structured creative business and marketing plan, as well as having the financial know-how to manage your money.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify the legal considerations and structures of freelance work (using the UK as an example)
- Investigate financial planning for small businesses, including start-up costs, tax and cash flow (using the UK as an example)
- Develop a comprehensive business plan for your freelance business
- Identify tools to manage yourself as a freelancer
- Build confidence in finding and working with clients as a freelancer
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for freelancers who want to work within the creative industries or those thinking of a career change and are considering freelance work.
This course would also benefit current creative freelancers wanting to strengthen their freelance practice.
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