Resources

A step by step guide to Universal Credit

A step by step guide to Universal Credit

Interested in finding out more about Universal Credit and seeing if it could be right for you? Read up on all the ins and outs of who qualifies and what's required to claim. https://bit.ly/3ay8Xtp
A list of hardship funds for creatives

A list of hardship funds for creatives

There are loads of wonderful creative organisation that have responded positivly to the financial issues facing the creative sector in light of the Corvid-19 pandemic and the government ...
Business plan basics

Business plan basics

Our in-house expert Sandy Thomson helps you get to grips with the basics of writing a business plan in just 15 minutes. In this short video, she outlines each section of the plan and explains what information is required.
5 tips to maximise your market stall business

5 tips to maximise your market stall business

A market stall is a great way to of exploring if you have a sellable product or if you want to grow your maker business with minimal overheads and maximum customer interaction. If you’re not ...
How to build a relevant network quickly

How to build a relevant network quickly

Networking doesn’t have to be all cheap wine, name badges and awkward sidling up. When done well, it can be both painless and hugely advantageous. Whether we like it or not, it really is who you know and if they like you; that’s what opens doors and makes things happen. 
Don’t book your Christmas lunch until you read this!

Don’t book your Christmas lunch until you read this!

Those emails and flyers telling you to book now for your Christmas do are already arriving in our inboxes (can you believe it!?), but don’t book anything until you know exactly what’s deductible for you or not as a small business owner, self-employed person, sole trader or freelancer. 
The Journey

The Journey

Some one once said to me ‘Have a compelling vision and don’t take no for an answer’. So begin's Rachael Brown's story of our first three years leading CEO.
VAT for creatives

VAT for creatives

An introduction to VAT for first-time registrants. Find out if being registered is in your best interests at this point in time.
Understanding contracts

Understanding contracts

Learn about the clarity and commitment contracts can bring to your business agreements, and find out how to take your first steps to create your own contracts.
Getting started with social media

Getting started with social media

A pro at using social media in our private lives, but a little daunted when it comes to making it part of our work lives? No need to fear as with a little know-how, social media can be an amazing tool to help grow, promote and celebrate your creative.
Selling into retail

Selling into retail

Are you considering using a retailer to sell your products? This introduction to the different types of retailers and their benefits will help you decide on the next steps to take.
Setting up a creative work space / studio

Setting up a creative work space / studio

A 5 part resource on setting up your own studio or workspace. This article covers the key thinking points when taking the steps to buy or rent a property for your business.
Pricing for creatives

Pricing for creatives

Introduction to pricing for creatives. Including; achieving the right balance, considering value, multiple income streams, costing work, calculating your daily rate, pricing and income.
Managing your cash

Managing your cash

This resource explores the importance of managing your cash and 5 tips to improve cash flow. Also gives the most common reasons for cash flow issues.
Knowing your fashion customer

Knowing your fashion customer

There is one question that everyone will ask you about your fashion business ‘Who is your customer?’ If you’re a designer or retailer, the success of your business will depend on having a clear and concise answer.  
How to sell your product

How to sell your product

How to sell your product will ultimately come down to what the product is, and where the most suitable platforms to promote and sell your work are.  Identify what you make, where is the most appropriate place to sell it, and who your consumer is.
How to publish a book

How to publish a book

It does not always seem it at the time, but publishing a book is the easy bit – selling it is harder. So if your passion is writing, not business, self-publishing may not make sense for you. 
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

CEO Business Expert, Tim Wright, shares his knowledge for anyone considering running a crowdfunding campaign and has advice about choosing the right crowdfunding model.