Beyond Redundancy, setting up as a sole trader with David Thomas
This is a 2-part course. Please only apply if you can attend both days: 17th & 18th February, 10:00-12:30
Going through redundancy is often an anxious time, but with the right guidance it can lead to a very positive outcome. This interactive workshop, run across two mornings, is aimed at people moving from employment to self-employment. We cover the practicalities as well as some of the less obvious differences between having a boss and being the boss.
The trainer will draw on his own experience of setting up a successful business after going through redundancy following more than 20 years as an employee.
Who it's for
Aimed at: Creatives in film and TV facing or going through a redundancy process and intending to set up on their own.
What it covers
• Why self-employment is different from employment
• Why a sole trader is different from a limited company
• Separating out your personal and business finances
• What is tax and national insurance
• Paperwork you need to keep (and how to keep it without going mad)
• Getting ready for Making Tax Digital: digital record keeping and the new 'cloud accounting'
• How not to run out of cash
• Understanding your market
• Motivating yourself
• How not to work too hard
The workshop includes plenty of discussion and interactive exercises. You will receive templates and topic help sheets as well as ongoing support by email and phone.
David is a highly experienced broadcaster, trainer and manager, with a special interest in communication and organisational skills. He has trained freelancers and other creative people at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, as well as the entertainment and theatre unions BECTU, Equity, NUJ and the Musician’s Union.
His media training is focussed on charities and NGOs. Clients include Age UK, Mencap, MEND, the Disasters Emergency Committee, the King’s Fund and the Electoral Commission, as well as a range of NGOs at the United Nations.
He has been involved in radio and online production for 30 years, mostly with the BBC World Service and local radio. His expertise has taken him all around the world, working with broadcasters from Eastern Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean.
He has a reputation for reliability and sharp strategic thinking and is an excellent communicator. He has a keen interest in personal development and professional motivation of others, honed through years as a team leader and trainer.
This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.
This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.
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Whether you are a creative freelancer or a spokesperson for a charity, our aim is to help you learn new skills while enjoying yourself.
We also pride ourselves in supporting you after the training. Whether it’s with downloadable resources or by phone and email.