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Getting Started with Freelancing - Saturday Workshop

A 1-day workshop to equip you with everything you need to become a freelancer

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Want to be your own boss and start earning some extra money?

This workshop will cover everything you need to get started. You will learn how to build your own brand, market yourself, find customers and manage your finances.

By the end of the session, you will have the knowledge and confidence to begin your freelance journey.

  • From: Saturday 28 January 2023, 10 am
  • To: Saturday 28 January 2023, 4 pm
  • Location: Dryden Enterprise Centre, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking deadline: Friday 27 January 2023, 3.00 pm
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  • Have you ever considered being your own boss?
  • Do you want to earn some extra money while studying / after graduating?
  • Could you turn one of your skills into a side-hustle?
  • Do you want to consider alternative options than regular employment?
  • Would you like to strengthen your CV?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then our ‘Getting Started with Freelancing’ workshop is for you!

Freelancing is much more than being good at working ‘in’ the work you want to do – you need to also work ‘on’ your freelancing

In this 1-day workshop, you’ll learn from author of The Freelance Bible, Alison Grade, how to work ‘on’ your freelancing and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to find the work you want to do.

A recent 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 – whether it be traditional self-employment or short-fixed contract work, either way these graduates will need to think like freelancers.

This workshop will give students the knowledge and confidence to be begin a freelancer career, find freelance opportunities during their studies, as well as a framework which they can use to work ‘on’ their freelancing once they graduate.

*This is suitable for any NTU student or graduate (within 3 years of graduating)

**You can attend either the Wednesday or the Saturday session. Click here to see the Wednesday session.

About Alison Grade

    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 skillset, having received formal academic training (INSEAD MBA), worked at senior level in many media companies, being an entrepreneur who has established several businesses and is a Nesta accredited Creative Enterprise trainer and mentor.


Welcome and introduction to the day

The Freelance Mindset

Part 1: Skills

* I and T shaped people

* Skills Audit

* This is what I can offer

Activity: Skills audit

* Q&A discussion

Part 2: Building Brand Me

* Unlocking my brand values

* Building Brand Me

* What versus why

* Why me? Why would a potential client hire me? * Q&A discussion


Part 3: Finances

* How much do I need to earn to live?

* How do I manage my money as a freelancer?

Activity: How much do I need to live on?

* Q&A discussion

Part 3: Tax and NI

* Getting started with tax and NI

* Q&A discussion


Part 3: Value

* How do I value my services?

* Should I work for low or no pay?

* Sharp intake of breath test

* Q&A discussion

Part 4: Customers and Competition

* Who are my customers?

* Who are my competition?

Activity: Who are my customers?

* Q&A discussion


Part 5: Desires – aka Marketing

* Who’s in my network?

* How do I leverage and grow my network?

* Writing winning emails

* Getting in front of potential clients and winning new business

Activity: Who’s in my network? Writing a winning email

* Q&A discussion

Part 6: Wrap up

* Being CEO of my freelance career

Activity: Next steps action plan

* Reflections on the day

* Final Q&A discussion

Location details


Dryden Enterprise Centre
Dryden Street


There is no onsite parking at the Dryden Enterprise Centre, and we encourage, wherever possible, that people access the building by walking, cycling, or using public transport.

The DEC is within Nottingham Trent University’s city campus.

We’re adjacent to the Dryden Centre and opposite the Bonington Gallery. Our location is highlighted by the NTU Enterprise pin. Map courtesy of Google.

If you’re using SatNav or Google Maps use the postcode NG1 4FQ to help find us.

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