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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.


Out with the old… in with the new!

NEW YEAR is an interesting time – both embraced and dreaded. Embraced as a celebration of new starts, opportunities and progress, dreaded as it marks the passing of time, reminding us of lost opportunities, youth and loved ones. And both

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For a few dollars more…

AT THE END of a recent workshop on negotiation someone asked the question: “It’s all very good talking about negotiating new work but what about trying to increase your rate to an existing client?” The room fell silent as everyone

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Returning to freelancing

STARTING a career as a creative freelance is always a challenge, but restarting can be just as tough. It’s not unusual for freelances to have a period of absence; maybe you’ve taken parental leave; or maybe you’re semi-retired and have

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Mind what you say!

“STICKS and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.” Does anyone still actually think this is true? In my experience words can cause a hurt deeper than any mere stick or stone (clubs and boulders not

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Drumming up new work

IN SUCH a competitive environment, it’s vital to be proactive in getting your work under the right people’s noses and showing them why you’re the best person for the job. To help you do this, some direct sales techniques will help.

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What’s stopping you?

IF YOU HAVE one or more goals that have been hanging around on your ‘to do’ list for ages, it’s time to think about why you’re procrastinating. Look at each goal and ask the following questions: Do I really want

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Young members build creative muscle

FEU TRAINING is supporting young members with the Get Fit for Freelancing initiative, which aims to help young people establish themselves in the ever more competitive entertainment industries. To do this, we’ll be running a targeted programme of training courses and

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Dealing with bullying and harassment

A surprisingly large number of people have suffered from being bullied, harassed or discriminated at work at some point or another. According to an FEU survey, the creative industries are no exception to this with results showing ‘shocking levels of

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What’s all the fuss about ‘mindfulness’?

MINDFULNESS IS one of the latest buzzwords but what is it and why has it become so popular? What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is at the core of many Buddhist practices and includes many forms of meditation. It is also about

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Starting out as a creative freelance?

AFTER OUR Get Fit for Freelancing workshop recently (targeted at young members and new entrants), I found myself wondering, of all the tips and advice offered, what was the single most useful recommendation I could make? How could I distil a

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