Develop your career

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.

5 ways freelancers can build contacts

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.

Vanessa Swann is the Chief Executive of Cockpit Arts. Photography by Daniel Valla.

Running a social enterprise

Since Vanessa Swann's appointment as Chief Executive, Cockpit Arts has transformed from a managed workspace into the UK's first creative business incubator for designer-makers.

Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, digital sculptor.

7 ways to promote yourself

Good promotion gets work seen, develops reputations and is key to establishing and advancing the practice of all artists.