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Our research shows that freelance and small businesses make up the majority of the creative industries, so this section is dedicated to helping you develop your business skills. Get advice from the industry on starting or growing a business, as well as guidance for being a successful freelancer. Learn more about finance, funding and legal issues.
If you Google “how to plan effective workshops” you will find pages full of results that could lead to hours of reading. Going through some of these pages, I saw a common trend and a useful pattern. Here are 7 things you need to consider when planning workshops, based on my research and experience as a workshop leader.
A topic often forgotten by freelancers during the quiet months is the financial tidying up of your business. This is necessary to ensure all will run smoothly and economically once business starts to pick up. Darryl Howes suggests five promises you should make to yourself.
Marketing yourself can be hard when you are a naturally quiet person. Pete Mosley, advisor to creative people and businesses, shared five top tips on how to self-promote.
For any freelancer, contacts are the lifeblood of their business and social world. The creative and cultural industries are certainly no exception. Here are five tips for building contacts and keeping your business pipeline healthy.
Don't let nerves hold you back from making a splash at a networking event. Networking expert Darryl Howes provides a game plan for thinking differently about networking and channeling nerves so that they work for, not against, you.
What can you do to make your business ready for investment? Sarah Thirtle from Creative United, which helps creative organisations to maximise their commercial potential, shares 5 steps for getting your business primed for finance.
Face to face networking doesn't have to be a nightmare, but first of all you need to work on your social and commercial skills. Networking expert Darryl Howes looks at how to improve these skills and aid your networking technique.
The UK’s world-class creative industries are booming – good news for the start-ups that are so vital to the sector. Creative business mentor Damian Baetens from Transmit explains why now is an excellent time to launch your business.
Paul Cutts, chief executive of the National Funding Scheme, explains why mobile matters and how to make the most of its fundraising potential.
As a creative you should be allocating a portion of your time to marketing. In the online world this often translates to using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. However, email still remains one of the most effective forms of online marketing.
How can you use match-funding to reach your funding targets? Chris Buckingham, from crowdfunding research agency Minivation, explains how to approach third parties who may have an interest in your project succeeding.
When it's time to take on new staff, how do you make sure your advert reaches the right candidates? Amy Edwards, from digital jobs board Bubble Jobs, shared advice for employers on targeting the right people.
When it comes to claiming back your expenses as a freelancer, it can be challenging to figure out what you can and can’t claim. Shannon Norman, of 1st Contact Accounting, shared 10 common claimable expenses.
When it comes to outcomes, do you have 'measurement anxiety'? This tool looks at how you can strategically achieve your outcomes without getting bogged down by the technical problem of how to measure your activities
Does your organisation value its workforce? Colin Butler, Head of HR at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, gives six ways for creative businesses to help their staff develop.
How do you step back and review the direction of your business? Download a free tool that can help you think about what you have achieved and where your business is heading.
Few people set out to cause an accident, but they do happen. And if one happens on your premises, you could be considered responsible. Nick Green from PolicyBee explains how insurance can help.
What do you think is the most popular page on your website? Surprisingly, it's often your 'about us' page. Simon Goble from print and design company MOO gives 7 tips for making sure you get it right.
How can you map out tough business decisions? Download a free tool that can help you lay out the options.
How should you engage with students, teachers, the public and other heritage organisations? Open Culture 2013's speakers shared nine ways to achieve greater engagement.