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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How can you legally protect your designs? Maxine Horn, CEO of intellectual property organisation Creative Barcode, gave her view at the New Designers Start Up Day, an event run by The Design Trust.
Starting out in business can feel daunting at times, but Damian Baetens, a creative business mentor with Transmit Start-Ups, says this shouldn't stop you. He shared five pieces of advice.
What do you do at a networking event? How do you prepare for conversations? Anna B. Sexton looks at four common networking styles and shows you how to be effective in networking situations.
Kirsten Hendrich is a jewellery designer who set up her own ecommerce website. She shared advice on how to set up an online shop to support your creative business.
Do you need help with public speaking? Vocal coach, Maeve Diamond, shares five top tools and exercises to make your presenting style better and raise your confidence.
Working freelance can mean sacrificing employment rights, although flexibility, variety and potentially higher pay may compensate for this. Here is an outline of some rights freelancers do have.
Often people starting a creative business feel they ought to write a business plan. Pete Mosley, advisor to creative people and businesses, has six pieces of advice to develop a market research strategy more easily.
After starting up several ecommerce websites, Alex Barton founded Student Designers, which helps design students develop their business skills. He gave 4 pieces of advice for young creatives with an entrepreneurial idea.
How can you get your customers working for you? Chris Buckingham shared 8 ways creatives could apply the concept of the 'working customer' to their businesses.
Simon Moss designs architectural glass sculptures. He described the process of submitting a design pitch for a public sculpture competition, from initial brief to scale model.
Could you save money if your creative business became a company? If you’re working freelance, it’s useful to know the benefits of registering as a limited company.
How do you weigh up the decisions for your business? Download a free tool that can help you consider the nature of decision making needed for different situations.
Times are tough. High street and online retail outlets risk going out of business as consumer spending dries up and costs rise. Here are 6 tips for creating a recession-proof business.
What have you got to sell? Are there customers waiting to buy? Have you checked the demand? Here are some easy ways you can answer these questions, and engage with your market.
How do you make the transition to a freelance career? Do you start part time, or commit to full time self-employment straight away?
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