Winning for you at work

Forgotten Password?
  1. Home
  2. Events
  3. Getting started as a freelance (May 2014)

Getting started as a freelance (May 2014)


Friday 16 May 2014


Download as vCalendar (for Microsoft Outlook etc.)

Import event to your Google Calendar


Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP


Freelance journalists work as writers, reporters, subeditors and photographers and more in areas covering newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and books and more. This one-day course covers the ground that freelances, and people thinking of going freelance, need to be aware of.

  •     Setting yourself to decide what you can offer as a freelance
  •     The jump from staff to freelance
  •     Looking for work
  •     Interacting with editors
  •     Doing deals that stick
  •     How to find out about finance and tax
  •     How to try to make sure clients pay up
  •     What the NUJ offers in the way of help
  •     Copyright ins and outs
  •     Question & Answer session when you can ask about your own situation and anything else.

How much will it cost?
Getting started as a freelance and pitch and deal form part of the NUJ trade union training programme and are therefore discounted.

Who should attend?
Freelances in the early days (or months, or even years) of their freelance career; freelances who are returning to freelancing; staff journalists who are thinking about going freelancing; people who have come into freelance journalism from other backgrounds.

Course leaders:

Louise Bolotin is a journalist with more than 35 years’ experience and has been freelance since 2005. She has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, worked in BBC local radio and was co-founder of hyperlocal news website Inside the M60 in Manchester. She has a keen interest in the business aspects of freelancing.

Phil Sutcliffe has been a journalist and NUJ member since serving an apprenticeship on the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 1970-2. He went freelance a couple of years later and has since totted up 35  -- mainly London-based – years, writing mainly about music for Sounds, Smash Hits, The Face, Q, Mojo, LA Times, but also other stuff for other outlets including a bit of radio, TV, and online, and spells of subbing, production editing, book writing – plus training freelances in the business side of their working lives for the NUJ and others since 1988-ish. He is anNUJ Member of Honour and is an elected member of NUJ Freelance Industrial Council and Copyright Committee.


NUJ member/unemployed member: £60; NUJ student member: £50; non-members/GFTU affiliate: £110

Further details and contact information

NUJ Training

Tags: , training, freelance