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How to Be a Great Freelancer Series

Tap into the full potential of your freelancing skills with this course

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A series of workshops to help you level up your freelance game and maximise your self-employment opportunities.

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Want to power up your freelancing skills?

NTU Enterprise is delighted to be working with Alison Grade (The Freelance Bible) and Matt Dowling (Freelancer Club) to bring you 'How to Be a Great Freelancer' - the series that will help you harness your freelancing power and tap into the full potential of your self-employment opportunities.

About the course

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 how to work ‘on’ your freelancing and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to thrive in the work you want to do.

This workshop series is essential for anyone looking to work in the creative industries on graduation or in general. 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.

This workshop series will give you the knowledge and confidence to be a great freelancer as well as a framework you can use to work ‘on’ your freelancing and build a successful and sustainable freelance career.

When is the course?

What’s my secret sauce? (Online)

Wednesday 2 February, 12.30 - 2.30 pm

Show me the Money! (Online)

Wednesday 9 February, 12.30 - 2.30 pm

Winning new clients (Online)

Wednesday 16 February, 12.30 - 2.30 pm

Introduction to Freelancer Club with Matt Dowling (Online)

Wednesday 23 February, 12.30 - 1.30 pm

Practicalities of freelancing (Hybrid session at the Dryden Enterprise Centre including networking)

Wednesday 2 March, 12.30 - 2.30 pm


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 a unique skill set 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:

About Matt Dowling 

Matt Dowling is an entrepreneur, campaigner, speaker, activist, writer and consultant who has featured on radio, podcasts, in print and online publications discussing a range of entrepreneurial topics, fighting for the rights of the self-employed and addressing issues faced by freelancers.

Founder of Freelancer Club, a support network inspired by Matt’s own experience with an unpaid £11,000 invoice that made national news, the Club provides freelancers with essential resources to help them develop and value their talent whilst facilitating connections between companies and freelance talent using cutting-edge technology.

Booking information

To join this online session, please click 'reserve your place' and our team will contact you with a link for your diary a day prior to each session.

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Still need help?

Deshaun Hancock
+44 115 84 82884