Organised by NUJ Training Wales & Cardiff University's School of Journalism
Tutor David Thomas
"David is an accomplished trainer who is a joy to learn from. He is open to questions and comments but always keeps the course on track, covering a wealth of information during the day, presenting it in an entertaining, memorable and often humorous way." Claire Gardiner, Journalist attending ‘How to be a Freelance’
In a rapidly changing media environment there is no longer a guarantee of 'a job' in the industry. And a job isn't what everyone wants - some might prefer what a freelance life can offer.
This workshop will give you an insight into an alternative model of working - whether you're new to the industry or looking to go freelance.
In the afternoon, there is a 45 minute slot for a presentation and Q&A with guest speaker, Rachel England, freelance journalist, editor and copywriter.
Who is the workshop aimed at?
The participants will be mainly new to freelancing in the creative industries, particularly journalism.
No freelance experience will be necessary but the workshop will be a useful refresher for more experienced freelancers (including journalists who offer PR/Comms as part of their freelance portfolio).
What you will learn:
Trainees will come away with a clearer idea of how to organise themselves and plan to think like a business. They will understand the importance of good record keeping, and tax and NI implications. They will also have a better understanding of how networking works in the creative industries.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
- Understand the importance of good organisational skills
- Understand the various ways that freelancers are paid and the implications for record keeping
- Understand tax and NI implications for freelancers
- Understand how to focus their offer
- Know how to get written agreements and to chase late payers
- Be able to think like a business
There will also be a Q&A with an experienced freelance.
Materials and Resources: All trainees will have access to a secure website to download further materials and working templates.
We have a cancellation policy of two weeks for this workshop because of the costs associated with running it. If you cancel within this period we will be unable to refund any course fees.
If you are a member of the NUJ and have been made redundant in the last six months, or are facing redundancy you are entitled to two days of training free of charge. Please contact us for more details.