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WELCOME to the FEU Training blog. This is the place to catch up on training news relevant to freelance members, such as details of bursaries and funding streams, as well as providing links to appropriate websites and information. Every month we will focus on a different subject area – a Hot Topic – relevant to the business of being a freelance from a training perspective

Dealing with the Chaos of Freelancing (1)

One of the greatest attractions of freelancing is the variety. Potentially, every job is different: you deal with different people; maybe in different parts of the country; and every mission presents a new and exciting challenge. But there is a

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Assertiveness (2) – Five steps to become more assertive

We covered what being assertive is and isn’t in the last blog, but how do we become more assertive if it doesn’t come naturally? Follow these five steps to help you take your assertiveness skills up a notch. 1. Work

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Assertiveness (1) – How Assertive Are You?

‘Well, I don’t like to be pushy,” was the answer I got to a question the other day. I’ve never considered assertiveness as being ‘pushy’. I started to think about how I would describe it. What is assertiveness? Being assertive

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Taking control of your future

I admire anyone who sets New Year resolutions and actually sticks to them. In my case, my main priority at that time of year is reaching spring without slitting my wrists! Dramatic I know but, a sensation seeker to the

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Those who can – teach

Many of us are familiar with the line from George Bernard Shaw’s play Man and Superman: “He who can, does; he who cannot teaches.” Well, I would beg to differ – some of the best teachers/trainers I have come across

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Contingency planning (2)

We looked at financial contingency planning in my last blog. So, what else could we consider? Keep clients informed In the case of my recent broken wrist, I was lucky. Any work I had to do during my ‘plaster cast

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Help! I can’t work! – Contingency planning

Picture this: as a hardworking freelance who spends most of her time writing at her desk or standing in rooms delivering workshops or classes, I try to keep fit. Cycling is a passion of mine. It also helps me think

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Business Planning (3) – enjoy making it happen

From the last two blogs this month, you will hopefully be well on the way to working out where you are now and where you want to be in the future. Now all you have to do is work out

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Business Planning (2) – setting your compass

When the great explorers like Captain Cook, Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong set off to chart new territories, in some cases they had nothing to guide them but the stars, and in Neil Armstrong’s case, he was flying straight

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Business Planning (1) – the reckonin’

Ever heard the old joke, when a woman asks an old man for directions to the local theatre? He looks at her for a long moment and says: “Well, I wouldn’t start from here!” Funny thing is, people often make

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