How to be a great freelancer - student series

Host: Nottingham Trent University

Location: Online Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 20th January 2021 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Cost: Free

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About the course

NTU Enterprise is working with Alison Grade to deliver a series of workshops for both NTU students and entrepreneurs on how to be a great freelancer.

Being a great freelancer is more than being great at working ‘in’ the work you want to do – you need to be great at working ‘on’ your freelancing. In this series of workshops you’ll learn from author of The Freelance Bible, Alison Grade, how to work ‘on’ your freelancing. and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to find the work you want to do.

This workshop series is essential for any student looking to work in the creative industries sector on graduation. A recent Creative Industries Federation report on freelancing showed that 47% of work in the creative industries is freelance. It’s highly likely that graduates will need to be ready to work as freelancers if not by design then by necessity.

This workshop series will give students the knowledge and confidence to be great freelancers as well as a framework which they can use to work ‘on’ their freelancing and build successful and sustainable freelance careers.

When is the course?

We will be deliver this course in two ways.

six week student course

one day intensive course for non-students  (non-students can join this one day course here)

Student course

  • 20 January 2021 - Introduction
  • 27 January 2021 - Skills
  • 3 February 2021 - Finances and value
  • 10 February 2021 -  Marketing
  • 17 February 2021 - Practicalities of running a freelance career
  • 24 February 2021 - Final wrap-up and Q&A / breakout session

About Alison Grade

Alison describes her key skill as transforming creative ideas into a business reality.

She accomplishes this with the films she produces, the creative entrepreneurs she mentors, SMEs and freelancers she advises and, in her Penguin, published book, The Freelance Bible.

Alison has an unique skillset in that she has formal academic training (INSEAD MBA); has worked at senior level in many media companies; is an entrepreneur who has established several businesses and is a Nesta accredited Creative Enterprise trainer and mentor.

She is a regular speaker on freelancing and her clients include ScreenSkills, IPSE, BBC, The Guardian and She brings her passion, knowledge and experience with her in all the work she does.

For more information about Alison and her work:


Booking information

To join this online session, please click ‘reserve your place’ and our team will contact you with a link for your diary.

Joining the event

Prior the event, we will send you an event invitation via email.

For more information about this event, please contact:

Giselle Martin

Marketing and Events, Enterprise Innovation Centre, NTU
+44 115 84 82884

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