the media and entertainment union
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Course description

For creative people going through redundancy and wanting to set up a business of their own.

Who's it aimed at?

If you've been employed, are going through redundancy and want to set up as self- employed, this is the course you can't afford to miss.

It's particularly aimed at creative people, production folk and anyone who feels like running for the hills when they hear the words 'tax return'.

No previous knowledge of self-employment is necessary. And it doesn't matter what kind of business you're setting up. It could be anything from consulting to dog grooming, production work to jewellery making.

What's the focus?

Setting up on your own is daunting when you've not done it before. So we go through ways to organise yourself, how to get to grips with the big changes coming up in taxation, and plenty of short cuts so that you can hit the ground running.

Areas covered include:

  • why self-employment is different from employment

  • why a sole trader is different from a limited company

  • separating out your personal and business finances

  • what is tax and national insurance

  • paperwork you need to keep (and how to keep it without going mad)

  • getting ready for Making Tax Digital: digital record keeping

  • how not to run out of cash

  • understanding your market

  • how not to work too hard

What resources will I get?

You'll get templates and downloads aplenty so that you're not wasting your precious time and can focus on being great at the fun stuff. And everything’s online for you.

Who's the trainer?

David Thomas has been running his famous 'setting up as a sole trader' courses for redundant staff for 13 years. Clients include the BBC, ITV and indies. David understands what you're going through. He set up his own small business after 22 years of employment at the BBC.

It can be done!

2019 dates:

Tuesday 5 March
Tuesday 7 May
Tuesday 15 October
Tuesday 19 November

Booking and more info here 

The Vocation training course privacy notice can be downloaded here


BECTU Sector Office

373-377 Clapham Road

London SW9 9BT


10am - 5.30pm


no qualification