The Art of Freelancing

There are approximately 25,500 self-employed people in Brighton and Hove. This represents 13% of 16-64 year olds which is much higher than the national average of 9.6%. Why is that? Is it the lure of the sea that tempts people into freelancing and self-employment?

To help new and experienced freelancers brush up on their skills and knowledge, the Skiff is hosting a workshop on the Art of Freelancing as part of the Brighton Fringe.

The Skiff is a co-working space for freelancers and start-ups in the creative and digital industries. It is a heaven for the self-employed in the bustling North Laines. You get the office atmosphere without the office politics!

At the workshop you will hear from four established freelancers how they go about finding new clients, how to set up a website yourself and use social media effectively, and how to spend less money on tax without being branded a “tax dodger”.

Book your ticket now as spaces are limited! Refreshments are included.

Date: 30th May 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: The Skiff, 6 Gloucester Street, BN1 4EW

The Skiff is a joint venture between Wired Sussex and Inuda Community supporting Brighton’s creative economy.

Speakers:

Steve Bustin is a media trainer, PR consultant and copywriter who has been working freelance for 11 years after a previous career as a BBC news journalist (and even as an ex-stand up comedian). He will offer valuable advice for freelancers about maximising the busy periods, surviving the quiet periods and how to improve your chances of finding the right clients for you, plus some hints and tips about running a business he wishes he’d known before he went freelance.

David Lockie studied Zoology, but decided that websites are much more profitable animals, easier to predict and less dangerous to handle. He fell in love with WordPress only three years ago and in that time he has gone from part-time dabbler, through full-time sole trader to running WordPress agency Pragmatic. Now he wants to help other freelancers create websites themselves using WordPress and/or start making money by developing WordPress sites. He will give a brief overview of how to go about it.

Kati Byrne is an award-winning multilingual PR and social media consultant who loves creating things that haven’t been done before. For the past 11 years, she has been working on innovative media stunts, events, marketing, social media and digital campaigns. Some of those have involved conducting a choir of mosquitoes and goats, others have involved holding journalists at gun point with decommissioned weapons forming a giant sculpture for the British Museum. After two years of freelancing, she co-founded digital agency Developing Dreams. She will have a few top tips for using social media as a freelancer.

Simon Peters has almost 20 years experience as an accountant working with and advising small businesses and freelancers on how to make sense of the frequently baffling world of tax and accountancy. He will provide an overview for freelancers so hopefully you’ll come away with tips about reducing your tax bill and answers to burning questions such as ‘should I trade as a limited company or sole trader?’ and ‘what expenses can I claim?’.

Presentations:

Kati Byrne, Social Media Survival Kit for Freelancers

Simon Peters, The Art of Taxation

The Art of Taxation

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