Free Stuff

Workshops are best, of course.  All that joshing and chat. 

But in the days of Covid-19 we’re

  • expanding our webinars
  • increasing the number of free templates and help sheets

Below you will find some free stuff to help get you organised. We’re aiming to expand it as more financial advice becomes available.

If you’re a trainer check our free stuff for trainers page too >

Keep positive. This too shall pass.

Advice & support:

Check out our list of bodies that might provide emotional or financial support for creative freelancers:

Support for freelancers >

The new government schemes:

For registered sole traders/partnerships with a year or more trading:

NEWQuick guide taking control of finances (incl UC & ESA)

For employers:

View a video of a freelance floor manager describing what it was like to apply for Universal Credit >

Self-employed Income Support Scheme calculator:

This is really basic, but if you’re wondering what 80% of monthly profits averaged over three years looks like, we’ve thrown together this online calculator:

Self-employed Income Support Scheme Indicator >

Here is the same calculator as a spreadsheet in two formats:

Self-employed Income Support Scheme Indicator – Excel format >

Self-employed Income Support Scheme Indicator – Apple Numbers format >

Feel free to hack these and let me know if you see any glaring errors!

Business templates:

For production and entertainment freelancers:

NEWSpreadsheet – Monthly budgeting sheet for freelancers >

NEWSpreadsheet – Cash flow planner incl. PAYE income >

Spreadsheet – Income & Expense (Profit and Loss) for sole traders and small companies >

Apple ‘Numbers’ format spreadsheets:

NEWSpreadsheet – Monthly budgeting sheet for freelancers >

Spreadsheet – Cash flow planner incl. PAYE income >

Spreadsheet – Income & Expense for sole traders and small companies >

Business help sheets and advice:

Help sheet – Types of business >

NEWHelp sheet 2f – Defining production freelancer status

Help sheet – Tax and National Insurance (NOT Scotland)>

Help sheet – Tax and National Insurance – Scotland >

Getting paid:

Invoice – template >
Invoice example with notes >

Getting organised:

A grid to help you plan your time when staying in:

Self-isolation routine planner >

Keep well. Keep positive!

Please note:

Although every effort has been made to provide accurate tips and information, David Thomas Media Ltd accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions or out-of-date facts. Trainees are advised to seek up-to-date professional advice on all financial and tax matters before making decisions relating to these subjects. Nothing in our notes, courses, webinars, downloads or social media should be considered as financial advice.
We believe our tips are useful - but they are only tips!

Available courses are listed below:

21Apr2020

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

Find out more >

04May2020

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

Find out more >

06May2020

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

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

Find out more >

09May2020

Freelance Toolkit - Freelancers Fair 2020 (POSTPONED)

A workshop looking at the basic finance skills that every freelancer needs. Part of the BECTU/Prospect Freelancers Fair 2019

From 09:30 until 12:00

At City of Westminster College, Paddington Green Campus

Find out more >

09May2020

Networking Dos and Don'ts - Freelancers Fair 2020 (POSTPONED)

A workshop looking at the basic networking skills that every freelancer needs. Part of the BECTU/Prospect Freelancers Fair 2019

From 14:00 until 16:00

At City of Westminster College, Paddington Green Campus

Find out more >

19May2020

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

Find out more >

13Jun2020

Business Toolkit for Freelancers (Bristol-TBC)

A weekend course for anyone who wants to be more businesslike when they freelance.

From 10am until 5pm

At VENUE TBC

Find out more >

16Jun2020

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

Find out more >

21Jul2020

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

Find out more >

15Oct2020

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

Find out more >

What our clients say:

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