Thinking of becoming a freelancer now or in the future? We can help with events, resources and support.
Learn the basics of how to become a freelancer or sole trader and discover the wider support available with our service and beyond. We run specific workshops aimed at those interested in freelancing. These workshops will give you an insight into what it takes to become a successful freelancer including how to operate lawfully, marketing yourself and ensuring you get paid.
You don’t need any experience, everyone is welcome, no matter what you’re studying. Whether you don’t have a clue where to start or you already sell your own products/service. Give freelancing a go.
While you can dive in at any point below are some suggestions for the best starting point.
We have two new workshops to help you explore the possibility of becoming a freelancer or accelerating your already established freelancing journey.
Freelance workshop - part 1
Wednesday 23rd November, 5pm-7pm
In this two-hour workshop we’ll help you define your value as a freelancer and develop your customer profiles. You’ll get the chance to network with a community of aspiring and established student and alumni freelancers and learn about resources designed to help lay foundational elements to your freelancing career. Our guest speaker is Dr Jessamy Kelly, Acting Director of Postgraduate Taught, Programme Director of Glass at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Freelance workshop - part 2
Wednesday 30th November, 1pm-3pm
In this two-hour workshop we’ll help you map out your customer journey and explore how you can add value at each stage, from brand awareness to customer loyalty. We’ll also cover the practical concerns such as operating lawfully and making sure you get paid for your work. Network with a community of aspiring and established student and alumni freelancers and learn more about the resources available designed to help lay foundational elements to your freelancing career. We’ll be joined by guest speakers Patrick Gallagher, University of Edinburgh alumni and a freelance motion design and Kelly Zou, an award-winning illustration graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art.
Use our Student Enterprise Hub
Did you know you can book the Student Enterprise Hub (in Appleton Tower, Central Campus) for your own events, society meetings, etc. Why not book the space to sell your items or hold a workshop? Limited availability. Find out more and get in touch with Jaime Prada (Jaime.Prada@ei.ed.ac.uk) for more information or make your booking on our Startup Community Platform.
October Founders Fair
Tuesday 25th October, 10am-8pm
We hosting another Founders Fair where students and graduates can sell their wares in our Student Enterprise Hub. It's free and you keep 100% of your takings.
We're already excited for our Christmas Fair 2022! While the dates and times of the fair are to be confirmed you can register your interest in hosting a stall at the Student Enterprise Hub, Appleton Tower. Its free and you keep 100% of your takings, we're here to support you and amplify our thriving entrepreneurial community. Register your interest now and we'll be in touch with details once we have them.
The UK Government provides useful information about Working for Yourself.
Creative Enterprise Toolkit includes useful handbooks, worksheets and case studies to help you shape your idea into a successful business.
Cultural Enterprise Office – read an inspiring story of a Glasgow-based artist who re-established her creative career and became a freelancer.
Freelancer Club is a website that allows freelancers to showcase their work, connect with others and access a wide range of benefits.
A guide on how to price your work from the Artists Information company. Particularly useful for visual artists.
If you are looking for some books and publications with helpful tips and facts about the world of work, The Bloomsbury creative careers section is for you.
Jess Kelly teaches the 'Business of Craft' course at Edinburgh College of Art and runs a Pinterest page for the course. On the page, you will find information about identifying craft value and skills, building brand awareness and positioning, Gallery/Commission/Agent relationships, business planning, marketing, entrepreneurship, accountancy and the use of online promotional & e-commerce tools.
From this Pinterest page, we identified some books and resources that can be of interest to freelancers in certain industries and at certain stages:
- The Freelance Illustration Contract
- The Illustrator's Guide to Law and Business Practice
- Becoming a Successful Illustrator
- The Interior Design Business Handbook
- Architect + Entrepreneur
- Contracts for Creative Freelancers: What to Include + Why
- How to Create the Perfect Pricing Strategy for your Freelance Services
- The illustrated freelancer's guide by Creative Scotland
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