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I AM a businessThis course is part of a series of evening courses for freelance journalists to learn and improve business skills that are an increasingly important part of life as a freelancer. You can book a single evening training session or the four-week course. Details below.
A course for freelance journalists who want to start thinking like a business.
This course is a crash course in thinking yourself into a business space, including:
- The different types of businesses and their pros and cons
- Sole trader
- Limited company
- Establishing your business:
- Do you need to trademark?
- Where to work – from under the stairs to co-working
- Bank accounts
- Do I need an accountant?
- Tax and other downers
- Do I need to be VAT registered?
- Working with others:
- Other options for growing your business
By the end of the session you will:
- Understand the importance of thinking and operating like a business.
- Understand the pros and cons of the different types of business and which one may be best for you
- Have a basic knowledge of setting up and running the finances of your business.
- Develop an action plan to set up your business entity, to take away and put into practice after the session.
This course is part of a four-week evening course for freelance journalists looking to expand their skills and services. It can be booked as an individual evening course or you can book the series - and save £80.
This series of four courses offers:
- I AM a business (23 January)
- Gamekeeper turned poacher: Developing PR skills (23 January)
- Putting yourself about a bit: How to market your business services (7 February)
- Listen to me! Presenting and public speaking skills (19 February)
About Steve BustinSteve Bustin has been a freelance journalist for 10 years, following 7 years at the BBC.
Alongside his writing work, Steve runs a successful PR consultancy and training business (and keeps his editors happy) and has even performed as a stand-up comic.
Testimonials"This was a really interesting evening. Steve Bustin is successfully pursuing a multi-stranded freelance career himself, so has great insight into what journalists are good at when in terms of additional career paths, and a great knack for conveying the essentials.
"As a journalist, it’s easy to end up feeling that writing is the only skill you have. Steve pointed out that after years in journalism, we all had a large range of skills that were in fact very transferable to other areas, and gave us a clear steer on where we could take our talents, and how to start doing just that." Alice Hart-Davis
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