Finance & Artists’ Contracts For Freelancers: more info

Most artists have a heavy workload and will have a large amount of admin associated with their practice and this course aims to provide strategies to help you manage more efficiently. The training will help you feel more confident to directly address your cash flow, price your work, complete a self assessment tax return and negotiate fair work, better rates of pay and contracts with potential employers.

Finance & Artists’ Contracts for Freelancers is a one-day course developed for all freelance arts professionals, covering all aspects of managing the business and financial side of your career as well as guiding learners through different strategies to help them negotiate better contracts for their work alongside understanding the value held within their own creative practice.

The course will cover:

- Setting up and planning your business;

- Types of self-employment, sole trader, limited company etc;

- Advice on record keeping and financial regulatory systems;

- Separating personal and business finance;

- National Insurance, VAT, Income Tax and Self Assessment;

- Managing your admin – contracts and professional invoicing;

- Managing cash flow;

- Effective negotiation of contracts and payments;

- Rates of pay and effectively costing your time.

The course will delivered by the Scottish Artists Union's own Project and Finance Manager, Gordon Dickson.


DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN LAPTOP?  There will be some practical exercises using computers and you will be given spreadsheet templates to use and take away. If you have a laptop that you are comfortable using then do bring it along, otherwise we will endeavour to provide you with a computer.


WHO IS THIS FOR?  The course is aimed at both experienced freelancers wanting to improve their business management and those just starting out – suitable for our Graduate, Artist and Associate members. Open to artists and craft makers from a range of disciplines and business experiences.


WHY SHOULD I COME?  Help to relieve some of the pressure of personal admin by learning new systems and techniques for managing your commissions and finances. This event also offers our members in the Highlands & Islands the rare opportunity to come together, make new contacts and grow your own professional networks whilst enjoying lunch together. This is a practical course with group discussion, researching in pairs and time to complete tasks on your own. We aim to provide and discuss useful real life experiences. Finally you don’t need to remember it all as there will be take away information with practical tips, examples and guides on how to organise your finances and write contracts.


SOUNDS GREAT, HOW DO I SIGN UP?  Spaces are limited to 12 people and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Either click the RSVP link on the previous page or email us at [email protected] 



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