Finance training

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What is it?

A half-day online workshop getting to grips with the basics of how money works when you are a freelancer or small business.

See also our in-depth Beyond Redundancy: Setting up as a Sole Trader courses. These workshops are run across two mornings and are for people moving from employment to self-employment.

Who’s it for?

Perfect for someone who’s a creative freelancer, whether new or experienced. We work a lot with people who are setting up on the own after redundancy.

We assume you’d prefer to hide under the duvet than do your expenses, so we go gently through ways of looking after money without getting bogged down in paperwork.

We don’t assume you know about tax, or even how to count without using fingers and toes.

What’s in it?

Areas covered in the workshop are:

  • how to budget in your personal life when working freelance
  • tax and national insurance for sole traders and limited companies
  • how to save time on paperwork
  • how to prepare for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital project
  • what an accountant can (and can’t) do for you
  • getting paid on time
  • planning to think like a business

What do you get out of it?

Handouts and templates galore! And reassurance that finance isn’t as hard as all that.

We also give you support on the phone or by email if you get stuck at any point in the future.

What’s so special?

It’s fun. We know most creative people are a bit frightened of tax and money matters. We take the fear out of it all and show how you can enjoy thinking like a business.

We also provide a secure website with downloadable tip sheets and templates, including how to invoice and how to keep records of tax-deductible expenses.

About the trainer

David Thomas has helped thousands of trainees hone their finance skills since 2005. His background is in journalism and production, and he ran a couple of BBC departments before setting up his business.

Read more about David

Want to find out more?

Future courses are listed below.

If you can’t see what you’re looking for just get in touch and ask. We’ll be happy to help.

Contact us here

Tue 02 - Fri 05Feb2021

Business Toolkit for Freelancers (ScreenSkills)

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

From 9:30 until 13:00

Venue: Webinar using Zoom

Click to find out more >

Tue 23 - Fri 26Feb2021

Business Toolkit for Freelancers (ScreenSkills)

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

From 9:30 until 13:00

Venue: Webinar using Zoom

Click to find out more >

Thu 25 - Fri 26Feb2021

Beyond Redundancy: Setting up as a Sole Trader (Webinar)

For journalists and writers in Wales going through redundancy and wanting to set up a business of their own. This interactive course runs across two consecutive mornings using Zoom.

From 10:00 until 12:30 each day

Click to find out more >

Tue 09 - Wed 10Mar2021

Beyond Redundancy: Setting up as a Sole Trader (Webinar)

For creative people going through redundancy and wanting to set up a business of their own. This interactive course runs across two consecutive mornings using Zoom.

From 10:00 until 12:30 each day

Click to find out more >

Absolutely fantastic course run by an equally fantastic trainer. David made it fun to learn about business. Thank you so much.
Lottie, BBC leaver

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