A NEW e-course ‘Finance for Freelances’ is now available at www.feutraining.org aimed at helping freelance members tackle the key financial issues necessary to maintain a successful freelance career.

Easy-to-understand, doable at your convenience and filled with practical tips and examples, course modules include:

  • What is freelance?
  • How tax works for freelances
  • How national insurance works
  • Keeping records while keeping your sanity
  • What you need to know about VAT
  • When you need an accountant
  • Lifestyle issues
  • How to get paid – and chasing late payments
  • Insurance issues
  • Planning your cash flow in the longer term.

In the pipeline

In the coming months we will be launching several more e-courses tailored to the needs of our freelance members including ‘Marketing your Work’ and ‘Understanding Social Media’. We’ll keep you updated.

How to access ‘Finance for Freelances’

You must be a member of FEU Training (i.e., Equity, MU, NUJ and Writers’ Guild) to gain free access to this e-course.

Go to www.feutraining.org

 If you are already registered on the site:

  • Go to courses in the digital learning centre https://www.feutraining.org/digital-learning-centre/ecourses/ and log in to the Finance for Freelances e-course.
  • You will need to fill in your profile including equality and diversity data.
  • Once you’ve done this, you’re free to work through the course in your own time.

 If you are not registered on the FEU website:

  • You will need to register on the site before completing the steps above so have your membership number to hand.

Technical help

If you have problems, please see our FAQs and videos on the course homepage.


As part of your profile, you are asked to fill in a confidential equality and diversity form. While you do not have to do this, it would be highly advantageous if you do because it is a crucial part of securing the funding that allows us to work together to provide career support for you.


Equity, the Musicians’ Union, the National Union of Journalists and the Writers’ Guild are working together in this instance under the banner of ‘The Federation of Entertainment Unions’. This enables us to maximize resources to deliver skills development opportunities common to our multi-union members.

Our aim is to help the career progress of our freelance members through the recession and beyond by providing a range of free and low cost blended-learning opportunities.

It’s free for members to join the FEU Training website and there’s a variety of advice and information available to members. To register: go to www.feutraining.org

Further enquiries:

E: info@feutraining.org

T: 07990 504 612



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