Being creative in the age of lockdown

What do you do when your music business is scuppered by Covid-19? For Sussex-based jazz producer and musician Neal Richardson it was a case of thinking quickly and thinking laterally. His music business, Splash Point Music, now broadcasts live on FaceBook and YouTube every week. I asked Neal to explain how he’s managed to keep

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Posted on 22 May 2020

Controlling Freelance Finances (BECTU Vision – Scotland)

In this 75 minute webinar, we look at ways to assess your current situation, set budgets, estimate future finances, and navigate the government support schemes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the session. You will also get access to a wealth of further information and templates to help you keep your own

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Posted on 12 May 2020

How’s your webinar etiquette?

A side effect of lockdown has been a growing familiarity with online socialising, whether it’s a Zoom pub quiz, a family gathering by WhatsApp video, or a jazz night live from Eastbourne via FaceBook Live. As a trainer, I’ve also spent many hours running courses online using Zoom and ClickMeeting. And we’ve all been getting

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Posted on 03 May 2020

Controlling Freelance Finances (BECTU)

In this 60 minute webinar, we look at ways to assess your current situation, set budgets, estimate future finances, and navigate the government support schemes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the session. You will also get access to a wealth of further information and templates to help you keep your own

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Posted on 01 May 2020

Controlling Freelance Finances (BECTU)

In this 60 minute webinar, we look at ways to assess your current situation, set budgets, estimate future finances, and navigate the government support schemes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the session. You will also get access to a wealth of further information and templates to help you keep your own

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Posted on 01 May 2020

Cash flow planning through the crisis and beyond (FEU Webinar)

Content Many of us will need to take a long, hard look at our cash flow for the coming months to manage the unavoidable gaps in income that we’re experiencing in the short term while planning for the longer term. This webinar will look at: Budgeting for best and worse case scenarios Cash flow planning and

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Posted on 17 April 2020

Sole Trader freelancers: pathways to support

If you’re worried about your finances and wondering what support may be available to you, this page suggests a number of steps to take. 1 – How long have you been a sole trader? If you are registered as a sole trader, the government calls you ‘self-employed’.

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Posted on 14 April 2020

PAYE Freelancers: pathways to support

If you’re worried about your finances and wondering what support may be available to you, this page suggests a number of steps to take. 1 – Employment status If you are paid through a payroll system with tax and/or national insurance taken off by the employer, you are treated by the government as an employee.

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Posted on 14 April 2020

Survive and Thrive as a Freelancer (NUJ Training Wales): WEBINAR

Many people enjoy what a freelance life can offer. Choice and flexibility. But with these comes the need to be organised and on top of your finances. Already working in a rapidly changing media environment, with no guarantee of ‘a job’ in the industry, now more than ever freelance journalists find themselves in a precarious

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Posted on 14 April 2020

Freelancers and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

If you have been receiving income through payroll systems, under PAYE, the new Job Retention Scheme might help you. But there are a number of restrictions which means freelancers could miss out. The scheme is supposed to work in the following way:

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Posted on 13 April 2020