Free Stuff

We’re 100% online during the current pandemic, and happily running media training and business skills courses using a variety of online tools.

  • Check out our webinars for freelancers and people going through redundancy
  • Scroll down for a section of free templates and help sheets

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

Advice & support:

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

Support page for freelancers >

Types of freelancer

Not sure what sort of freelancer you are?

We’ve drawn up a handy guide to the three types of freelancer and the financial support available to each type:

Check out our ‘what is a freelancer’ guide >

The government support schemes:

For our first covid-era winter, the government has introduced some initiatives to extend the furlough scheme and SEISS. Download our latest short guide here:

UPDATED 19 January 2021 1-minute guide to government support
Shows freelancer types, includes Universal Credit/ESA

For sole traders/partnerships who registered before April 2019:

Wondering how much you might get under SEISS? Our online indicator tool gives a rough idea for all SEISS grants. Now includes 3rd SEISS grant.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme grant indicator >

For employers and bigger businesses:

For smaller businesses – incl sole traders and ltd company freelancers:

Martin Lewis, the ‘money saving expert’, has a very good explanation of how sole traders and company directors could use bounce back loans, and where to get them:

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

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 Q&A checklist to help freelancers plan like a business:

Business plans for freelancers >

A grid to help you plan your time when working from home:

Home work 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:

Fri 15 - Wed 20Jan2021

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 19 - Wed 20Jan2021

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 >

Thu 21Jan2021

Controlling Freelance Finances (BECTU)

Taking control of finances is always a challenge when you freelance in the creative industries, but especially so at the moment.

From 9:30am until 11:30am

Click to find out more >

Fri 22Jan2021

Finance for Freelancers (ScreenSkills/ITF)

A fun webinar for anyone who wants to be more organised with their money and understand how tax works. Perfect for people who hate spreadsheets.

From 11:00am until 13:30

Venue: Webinar using Zoom

Click to find out more >

Tue 26Jan2021

Cash flow for freelancers (FEU)

A basic guide to cash flow for freelancers - open to members of FEU unions - MU, Equity, Writers' Guild and NUJ

From 1030 until 15:30

Venue: Online using Zoom

Click to find out more >

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 >

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 >

What our clients say:

The fact that the trainer has been a sole trader and gone through the process himself was great. He really knows his subject.
Lia, BBC leaver

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