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Freelance

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.

 

Workshops

We run our Practical Advice for Freelancers workshops a couple of times throughout the academic year, usually in November, March and June. We'll cover the basics you need to know to become a freelancer including how to market yourself, managing taxes and ensuring you get paid. Don’t miss the next one, sign-up to our emails to find out when the next one is running. Although popular with students and alumni from the Edinburgh College of Art, our activity for freelancers are for any students or recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh.

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Freelancer resources 

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: 

 

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.

Book the hub now