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First steps in freelancing, July 2020


Friday 17 July 2020

10.00 for a 10.30 start

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Moving to freelance journalism can be daunting.

This one-day course, for those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so, will provide you with practical advice on your first steps as a freelance. Learn what you need to do to get from your first freelance commission to your first payment, along with the first things you need to know about planning, money, tax, legal issues, copyright, licensing, pitching and negotiating.

It includes advice on taking care of your health, setting up an office, IT, marketing, pensions – and ideas on how to develop your freelance business once it is up and running. 

This course will be carried out via Zoom. It is structured into four hour-long sessions starting at 10.30am, midday, 2pm and 3.30pm, with breaks. It is an interactive course.

Tutor: SA Mathieson has worked as a freelance journalist full-time for more than 10 years. He has commissioned freelancers as an editor, including of the Guardian’s Healthcare Professionals section, and has run training courses for the NUJ, the Federation of Entertainment Unions, City Lit and corporate clients.

To get on the waiting list, email:

London Freelance Branch has agreed to subsidise members who want to do this course. LFB members will pay only £25. To claim, mention that you are an LFB member (with membership number if possible) when booking. It will operate on a first come first served basis.

Once you have registered and paid, you will be given joining instructions. 



NUJ members £40, student members £30, Non-members £110.

Further details and contact information

laura fagan

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