Fast Track your Freelancing

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A fully-funded 14 hour support programme designed to aid freelancers and SMEs from any creative field to successfully run their business.

About this event:

Are you a creative freelancer or SME who is eager to grow and learn how to successfully run your business? Then you have come to the right place!

So often creatives find themselves dedicating more of their valuable energy to creating than to the running of their businesses – but now is the time to find simple strategies to take control of the whole picture and become unstoppable.

Fast Track your Freelancing is a 2 day online event here to help you think about how to successfully run your creative business. We’re here to give you the fundamentals of creating a memorable business plan that you can use for years to come, how to effectively reach your target audience, practical marketing sales strategies and how to maintain a sustainable work life balance!

And that’s not all! Anyone who commits to attending the course will also be eligible for 10 hours of fully-funded one-on-one mentoring with an industry professional (To be started as soon as you’re available.) This support has proved invaluable to help you kickstart a new business, scale up, or plan for a project, funding bid or product launch. More information here.


When and Where:

Both interactive days will be taking place online on Thursday 19th January 2023 from 9:30 to 17:30 and Friday 20th January 2023 from 9:30 – 15.30 led by Alison Grade


Course Outline:

Day 1: Thursday 19th January 2023

  • Introduction to Freelancing
  • Skills
  • Your Wellbeing
  • Building Brand Me
  • Finances
  • Mechanics of being a sole-trader

Day 2: Friday 20th January 2023

  • What is my value
  • Clients and competition
  • Nurturing my networks
  • Turning your contacts into customers
  • Practicalities of Freelancing

Places on the cohort are limited and therefore participants must be able to commit to both of the course dates outlined above.


About the Course Leader:

This course is being delivered by Alison Grade – Author, The Freelance Bible (published by Penguin)

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 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 brings her passion, knowledge and experience with her in all the work she does.


How to Join:

Register your interest in joining this course by signing up via the form below and the team will be in touch with you directly to confirm your place.

The deadline for registrations is on Wednesday 18th January 2023 and places on this course will be allocated on a first come, first served basis (subject to eligibility criteria). The joining details and further information will be emailed directly to all those who’s places have been confirmed.


About the Programme

This cohort is brought to you by Creative UK: Advance – a programme designed to provide specialist support to SME’s, sole traders and start-ups across the whole creative sector who are based in the Yorkshire region with the aim of supporting the businesses at every stage of their journey. Advance is delivered in partnership with Wakefield Council and funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England.

If you have any queries about this cohort, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with