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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.

Nervous before a networking event? Good!

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.

There has been a great deal of research in recent years on the benefits of having a social outlook on life. (Image: James Fletcher)

Skills for better networking

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.

Hivehaus benefited from Transmit funding to help develop its business creating modular living space.

Why the UK is great for creative businesses

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.

This tool consists of six big questions. They are suitable for any business that wants to make a change in the world.

Focusing on your outcomes

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

The business health check tool asks you to spend a short period reviewing key questions about your business. Image © Anna Steinberg

A quick business health check

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.

Your website could be the key to winning over a new customer or losing them to a competitor.

Tell your brand story online

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.

Tools for decision-making

How can you map out tough business decisions? Download a free tool that can help you lay out the options.

Vintage fashion company Aphrodite and Ares was founded with a loan and the support of a business mentor from Transmit Start-Ups.

Advice for your start-up

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.

Effective networking

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 designed parts of her website herself, but you could also use a ready-made template website.

How to set up an online shop

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.

Presenting with confidence

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.

A good campaign needs to be carefully crafted before it can be put before a crowd.

The dark side of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is often seen as a fun, fast and safe method of raising cash for a project or start-up. But the risks are still plentiful, and failure can be very public.

A business plan doesn't have to be a long, formal document.

6 tips for effective marketing

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.

Alex Barton founded Student Designers to help design students build their business skills.

4 steps for new entrepreneurs

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.

Could your customers participate more directly in the activity of your business?

8 ways to engage customers

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.

Space Design Studios have worked on a wide range of residential and business projects, including the Sanderson Hotel in London.

Designing your business space

Steve Curtis founded Space Design Studios in 2000. The company has designed for homes, restaurants, hotels, shops and offices. He shared 7 tips for new businesses seeking a well-designed site.

A good crowdfunding campaign should enable you to interact with your audience in a new way.

8 steps for crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way for creatives to find money and support for their projects. Chris Buckingham, a researcher and lecturer on crowdfunding, has advice on how to get started.

By becoming a limited company, your freelance creative business could save money in several key areas.

Turn yourself into a company

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.

Decision making styles for your business. Image © Anna Steinberg

Making business decisions

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.

Catherine D'Arcy is the founder of online jewellery retailer Corazon Latino.

6 ways to secure your business

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.

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