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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.


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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Achieving goals with vision boards

When we set goals and make plans, we have to find the motivation to transform these into reality. There’s lots of advice out there on how to do this, indeed, we’ve made many suggestions within previous blog posts, or in

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Crowdfunding for creative professionals

What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is based on the principle of raising relatively small amounts of money from a large number of people. So, for example, if you needed £10,000 to start a new project, instead of borrowing the whole amount

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Dealing with setbacks (3)

Do’s and Don’ts There are some spectacular strategies out there for making setbacks worse, and if we are honest, most of us have indulged in some of them on occasion. In this blog, I’ve identified the most common negative approaches,

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Dealing with setbacks (2)

Key Tips from the ‘X-treme Setback Overcomers’! When we are trying to develop or improve a skill, it’s useful to look to those who make it look easy, and see how they do it. Fortunately, when it comes to dealing

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Dealing with setbacks (1)

Focus on the solution not the problem I used to work with an ex para called John, who’s battle cry in a crisis was: “Let’s focus on the problem, people!” John was an exceptional man. He’d survived a broken back

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Play to your strengths

IF YOU’RE thinking about improving your life in some way, whether it’s to do with furthering your career or beefing up your social life, you might find a few ‘positive psychology’ tips useful. Rather than poring over weaknesses and ways

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Making your own luck (3)

The previous blog focused on a particularly difficult period of my professional life. Basically, I desperately needed to jump start my career but, despite intensive marketing, I just couldn’t get a break. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, I was

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Making your own luck (2)

So, how do we make our own luck? Perhaps the best way to illustrate this is through personal experience: In mid-1997 I had been a self-employed journalist and PR consultant for five years but I needed a break. Thankfully, I’d

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Making your own luck (1)

Napoleon Bonaparte is widely recognised as a military genius but in recent years, he has become a role model for people who are intent on getting rich and building corporate empires. To authors of business self-help books, Napoleon offers plenty

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