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How to Be a Great Freelancer

Freelance Bootcamp for Students

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A two-day bootcamp for student freelancers packed with valuable insight and practical tips

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Event details

NTU Enterprise welcomes student and graduate entrepreneurs to join us for two days of workshops with Alison Grade and guests on how to be a great freelancer.

About the course

NTU Enterprise is working with Alison Grade to deliver a two-day bootcamp for NTU students on everything you need to know about freelancing.

Being a great freelancer is more than being great at working ‘in’ the work you want to do – you need to be great at working ‘on’ your freelancing. In this series of workshops you’ll learn from author of The Freelance Bible, Alison Grade, how to work ‘on’ your freelancing and prepare yourself so that you are best positioned to find the work you want to do.

This workshop series is essential for any student looking to work in the creative industries sector on graduation. A recent Creative Industries Federation report on freelancing showed that 47% of work in the creative industries is freelance. It’s highly likely that graduates will need to be ready to work as freelancers if not by design then by necessity. And it's not just in the creative industries - as the working landscape continues to change - the role of freelancing plays an important part in most sectors.

This workshop series will give students the knowledge and confidence to be great freelancers as well as a framework which they can use to work ‘on’ their freelancing and build successful and sustainable freelance careers.

Student course

14 June 2021 - Agenda

9.30 amIntroduction to freelancing
10.30 amShort break
10.45 amMental Health as a Freelancer
12.00 noon Short break
12.15 pmSkills
12.45 pmLunch
1.30 pmConversation - Alison and Meg
2.00 pm Short break
2.15 pmBuilding Brand Me
3.00 pm Short break
3.15 pmFinance
4.00 pmConversation, reflection and wrap up
4.15 pm End

15 June 2021 - Agenda

9.30 amWhat is my value?
10.30 amShort break
10.45 amSocial media
12.00 noon Short break
12.15 pmCustomers and competition
12.45 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Alison and Meg in conversation
2.00 pmShort break
2.15 pmMarketing
3.00 pm Short break
3.15 pm Practicalities of freelancing
4.00 pm Conversation, reflection and wrap up
4.15 pm End

About Alison Grade

Alison describes her key skill as transforming creative ideas into a business reality.

She accomplishes this with the films she produces, the creative entrepreneurs she mentors, SMEs and freelancers she advises and, in her Penguin, published book, The Freelance Bible.

Alison has an unique skillset in that she has formal academic training (INSEAD MBA); has worked at senior level in many media companies; is an entrepreneur who has established several businesses and is a Nesta accredited Creative Enterprise trainer and mentor.

She is a regular speaker on freelancing and her clients include ScreenSkills, IPSE, BBC, The Guardian and
She brings her passion, knowledge and experience with her in all the work she does.

For more information about Alison and her work:

Booking information

To join this online session, please click ‘reserve your place’ and our team will contact you with a link for your diary.

Joining the event

Prior the event, we will send you an event invitation via email.

For more information about this event, please contact:

Giselle Martin

Marketing and Events, Enterprise Innovation Centre, NTU
+44 115 84 82884

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Still need help?

Giselle Martin
+44 115 84 82884