A freelance career in the creative arts
A freelance career in the creative arts

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Week 2: Spotlight on me

Introduction

Last week, you familiarised yourself with some relevant terminology and the wider small business context, and you explored the experiences of other creative freelancers. This week, you’ll turn your attention to your own experience, considering your current position and what you hope to gain from this course.

You’ll have the opportunity to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of working for yourself and how you’ll maintain the work–life balance that you want. You’ll explore some of the key skills required for a successful freelance career, and finish the week by looking to the future and considering where you want to be in one, five or even ten years’ time.

Now watch this short introductory video where our creative freelancers describe the skills they have found most valuable and important.

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By the end of this week you should be able to:

  • explain your current ideas, products or services
  • identify and reflect on key skills for a successful freelancer
  • explore the potential advantages and disadvantages of working as a freelancer
  • describe your freelancing goals.

You’ll start this week by asking yourself the questions: Where am I now? How does my idea measure up? And, do I currently have what it takes?

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