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WELCOME to the FEU Training blog. Every month we will focus on subject areas that will help you overcome the challenges of freelance work.


Bounce back from adversity

FROM MY EXPERIENCE and from talking to many other creatives, staying positive when things go wrong can be challenging – especially as freelance work often means working alone with little or no cheery support from others. If you’ve been pipped to the post

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Are your New Year Resolutions resolving or dissolving?

ON THE FIRST of January our thoughts turn to New Year resolutions and plans for the future. How often does this go by the wayside when January starts, and we get waylaid and distracted? If you are starting to see your

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Your super charged annual review

As I was completing my accounts the other day, it occurred to me that even though it feels like a chore, it was actually a really useful process. The gathering up of long forgotten transactions and faintly remembered income gave

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Get on and blog

It used to be that everyone blogged and now it seems that everyone has moved on to Twitter and Facebook instead. Of course they have: blogging is more challenging. It needs exactly and precisely the skills and the talent that

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Stay creative and get more productive (3)

BEFORE YOU can make great use of your computer, your phone and your tablet, switch them off. Not completely, just switch off everything about them that distracts you. Email: off. Facebook: definitely off. Email is more than a boon to

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Stay creative and get more productive (2)

The BIGGEST single problem that stops you getting more done is you. But in second place comes everybody else. Maybe Facebook is joint second but really it’s the way that whenever you need something from somebody, there is a delay.

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Stay creative and get more productive (1)

I LEARNT all sorts of methods at BBC News Online for being productive and I am naturally drawn to technology so I’d had ‘To Do’ apps anyway. But it was when a job was going really well that I started looking

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Help with bullying, harassment and discrimination

IF YOU want to learn more about how to deal with bullying and harassment, the Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) has recently launched the guide Creating without Conflict. The guide was produced as a result of a FEU survey on 4000 workers in

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Marketing your work (2)

It is a fact of life that not everyone you approach will want your services. If, for example, you have an email list of 100 potential clients and send each one a short, punchy overview of your talents and experience,

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Marketing your work (1)

Every freelance knows that self-marketing is the key to winning new commissions. Although emails and phone calls sometimes appear out of the blue, it is usually your own efforts that generate the most interest. The problem is, however, that most

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