Finance training


What is it?

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

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:

  • the differences between earning as an employee and being self-employed
  • tax and national insurance for sole traders, limited companies and partnerships
  • how to save time on paperwork
  • what an accountant can (and can’t) do for you
  • lifestyle issues and running a business from home
  • 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 more than 5,000 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



Business Toolkit for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

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

From 9:30 until 13:00

At Webinar using Zoom

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

For creative people going through redundancy and wanting to set up a business of their own.

From 10:00 until 5pm

At BECTU HQ, Clapham

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Finance for Freelancers (London)

This one day workshop shows you how to keep within the regulations and not waste time, whilst making the most of your finances.

From 10:00 until 17:00

At BECTU HQ, London

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My head is still buzzing with the info.  Your style of teaching makes the facts given easy to digest.  I hear the tax return adverts on the radio and now smile to myself as I know I am so going to be ready.

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