Business Toolkit for Freelancers (ScreenSkills)

Sat 17 - Sun 25Sep2022

An online course across four mornings (two weekends) for anyone who wants to be more businesslike when they freelance.

From 9:30 until 12:30 each day

Venue: Workshop using Zoom meetings

In association with thinkBIGGER! and David Thomas Media Ltd


Do you need help managing your finances ? Not sure what help is available to support you through this?

The Business Toolkit for Film and HETV Freelancers workshop is here to answer your questions and give you the tools to ensure you plan for a successful career in the film and TV industry.

The course offers a holistic approach helping you manage your concerns and fears about finance, your career and finding a work/life balance. It is delivered as a partnership between thinkBIGGER! Ltd and David Thomas Media Limited and will be delivered online via Zoom.

Workshop 1: Saturday and Sunday 17/18 September 2022 (9:30am-12:30pm) and
Workshop 2: Saturday and Sunday 24/25 September 2022 (9:30am-12:30pm)

You must be available to attend all four morning sessions across two weekends. Please ensure you're free on both weekends before you apply.

Who it's for

This  workshop is for experienced talent who may be struggling with sole trader vs limited status,  freelancers who are struggling to plan their finances, or those in the early stages of their career who want to put their best foot forward. 

Applicants must clearly demonstrate that they currently are working - or have an ambition to work - in film or high-end television (scripted).

This course is best suited to those who have already started their career in television or film so is not suited to students.

If you are a ScreenSkills Trainee Finder trainee you are not eligible as this training is delivered as part of your training programme.

What it covers

This course will be delivered over two weekends (Saturday and Sunday mornings, 4 sessions in total) via online platform Zoom.

It will cover:

  • understanding tax and NI
  • budgeting and keeping on top of record keeping
  • financial planning and behaving like a business
  • negotiating your rate and understanding T&Cs
  • networking and pitching for work
  • creating an industry CV that sells your skills

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions and also by the BFI awarding National Lottery funds as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

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Posted on 30 August 2022

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