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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.


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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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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