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

Thu 14 - Fri 15Sep2023

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

Training provider: David Thomas Media Ltd

We have a special voluntary fee pricing policy for this course. This is for people who have no access to training funds or want to delay payment until their finances are on a firmer footing.

Details below.

[Please only book if you're free on both mornings.]

Who's it aimed at?

If you've been employed, are going through redundancy and want to set up as self-employed, this is the course you can't afford to miss.  We also welcome people who are leaving employment voluntarily to set up on their own for the first time.

It's particularly aimed at creative people, production folk and anyone who feels like running for the hills when they hear the words 'tax return'.

No previous knowledge of self-employment is necessary. And it doesn't matter what kind of business you're setting up. It could be anything from consulting to dog grooming, production work to jewellery making.

If you're setting up as self-employed in the film or TV industry we'll cover issues specific to you.


What's the focus?

Setting up on your own is daunting when you've not done it before. So we go through ways to organise yourself, how to get to grips with the big changes coming up in  taxation, and plenty of short cuts so that you can hit the ground running.

Areas covered include:

  • why self-employment is different from employment
  • why a sole trader is different from a limited company
  • separating out your personal and business finances
  • what is tax and national insurance
  • paperwork you need to keep (and how to keep it without going mad)
  • getting ready for Making Tax Digital: digital record keeping and the new 'cloud accounting'
  • how not to run out of cash
  • understanding your market
  • motivating yourself
  • how not to work too hard


What resources will I get?

You'll get templates and downloads aplenty so that you're not wasting your time and can focus on being great at the fun stuff.

Everything's online for you to access at any point, and you get free email and phone support after the course.


Who's the trainer?

David Thomas has been running his famous 'setting up as a sole trader' courses for redundant staff since 2005. Clients include the BBC, ITV and indies. David understands what you're going through. He set up his own small business after 22 years of employment at the BBC. It can be done!


Great! How do I get on it?

Reserve a place below. We'll be in touch with you shortly to talk about payment options. 


Some small print:

David Thomas Media Ltd reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses without liability.  This may happen if not enough people register. However, where possible, delegates will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.


Sorry! This session is sold out.

Our normal rate per person is £180.00 incl VAT (=£150.00 plus VAT @ 20%). If you're self-funding we appreciate money might be tight. You can pay a voluntary fee of any amount, or delay payment. No questions asked.

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Posted on 16 August 2023