Life as a Freelancer: An Introduction to Freelancing
This event aims to provide an understanding of what it means to be self-employed, as well as advice on how to get there. LCFs Student Enterprise Team will present their business model canvas they have developed for freelancers to help you with developing your value proposition, market positioning and competitive advantage as well as looking at costing and funding streams to consider when becoming a sole trader.
This will be followed by a presentation from the association of Independent Professionals and Self Employed (IPSE), detailing how they work with and support freelancers. IPSE is the voice of the UK’s self-employed population who make up one in seven people working today. They make sure freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors are represented to Government. By producing insightful, hard-hitting research and effective policy campaigns, IPSE fight to create a better environment for the self-employed to run their businesses and ultimately, ensure our economy remains one of the most flexible in the world.
It’s no secret that the UK’s army of freelancers, contractors and self-employed professionals is growing as the nature of work changes. The number of self-employed people is increasing year-on-year in the UK. The platform PeoplePerHour recently predicted that half of the UK's workforce will be freelancing by 2020 and UAL has seen a marked increase in the number of graduates (across all disciplines) identifying as self-employed.
LCFs Student Enterprise team works with LCF students and alumni to start and grow their businesses whilst at college and beyond graduation. The team is supporting this years Graduate Futures Week by programming a day of events inspired by the theme The Art of Freelancing.
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