Free Stuff

We’re 100% online by default now, and happily running media training and business skills courses using a variety of online tools.

Some of our online training is free to you because it’s funded by someone else.

  • Check out our webinars for freelancers and people going through redundancy
  • Scroll down for a section of free templates and help sheets

If you’re a trainer check our free stuff for trainers page too >

Advice & support:

Check out our list of bodies that might provide emotional or financial support for creative freelancers:

Support page for freelancers >

Types of freelancer

Not sure what sort of freelancer you are?

We’ve drawn up a handy guide to the three types of freelancer and the financial support available to each type:

Check out our ‘what is a freelancer’ guide >

Government support for freelancers:

The UK government has now wound down its support schemes such as the ‘furlough’ scheme used by employers, and the SEISS for sole traders.

If you have low income and need support, please check what you might be eligible for via these independent sites: > >

Think you might need Universal Credit?

View a video of a freelance floor manager describing what it was like to apply for Universal Credit >

Business templates:

For production and entertainment freelancers:

NEWSpreadsheet – Monthly budgeting sheet for freelancers >

NEWSpreadsheet – Cash flow planner incl. PAYE income >

Spreadsheet – Income & Expense (Profit and Loss) for sole traders and small companies >

Apple ‘Numbers’ format spreadsheets:

NEWSpreadsheet – Monthly budgeting sheet for freelancers >

Spreadsheet – Cash flow planner incl. PAYE income >

Spreadsheet – Income & Expense for sole traders and small companies >

Business help sheets and advice:

Help sheet – Types of business >

NEWHelp sheet 2f – Defining production freelancer status

Getting paid:

Invoice – template >
Invoice example with notes >

Getting organised:

A Q&A checklist to help freelancers plan like a business:

Business plans for freelancers >

A grid to help you plan your time when working from home:

Home work routine planner >

Networking skills

LinkedIn tips and tricks > (2 pages)

Keep well. Keep positive!

Please note:

Although every effort has been made to provide accurate tips and information, David Thomas Media Ltd accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions or out-of-date facts. Trainees are advised to seek up-to-date professional advice on all financial and tax matters before making decisions relating to these subjects. Nothing in our notes, courses, webinars, downloads or social media should be considered as financial advice.
We believe our tips are useful - but they are only tips!

Available courses are listed below:

Thu 13 - Fri 14Jan2022

Beyond Redundancy: Setting up as a Sole Trader (2-day workshop)

Small group training for creative people going through redundancy and/or wanting to set up a business of their own. This interactive course runs across two consecutive mornings using Zoom.

From 10:00 until 1pm each day

Click to find out more >

What our clients say:

Brilliant structure to the day. I enjoyed the interaction and the overall content.
CW, student media freelancer

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