A superb beginner's guide to freelancing

This blog was originally published on 6 March 2019 by Lorna Denby of Sunnyside Red. It’s reproduced here with kind permission.

It may have been a cold and wet February morning, but, warming coffee in hand, I was absolutely thrilled to be on my way to London to attend the “How to Set up, Survive and Thrive as a Freelancer course” run by Museum Freelance. GWR did their very best to scupper my plans but the train did eventually get to London – I really don’t miss commuting one bit.

I had been looking forward to this course since I booked it in October, and I can honestly say it really didn’t disappoint. Christina and Marge are incredibly knowledgeable about freelancing in the cultural sector. They are both very warm, engaging and really generous with the amount of information they provided in one day. The course offered a one-stop-shop for those new to freelancing or the freelance-curious. Covering topics as diverse as finance and tax; finding your own USP; getting clients and understanding client briefs; learning how to say no; pricing your time, and above all – thinking like a business. The course was packed with useful real-life examples too.

The level of detail in their handouts was second to none. It will take me quite some time to get through the content and put it all into practice. The course really is a beginners guide to freelancing in the cultural sector. It was without a doubt the most useful workshop I’ve ever been on – great value for money.

Please note: I have not been paid by Museum Freelance to say these lovely things about them, I believe in shouting from the rooftops about something when I think it’s worthwhile and value for money. So, if you are a freelancer or freelance-curious in the cultural sector I recommend you give them a try, you’ll be so glad you did.

A note from Museum Freelance team: The next Museum Freelance training workshop will take place on Monday 14th October 2019. Check here for further information or to book.