skip to main content

Essential coronavirus info
We are continuing to welcome our new and returning students. Your safety is our first priority.

Business Start Up for Creatives Weekend Online Short Course

Course description

This course is for artists, makers, designers, photographers and image makers who wish to know about how to set up in business, and learn about the benefits of becoming self-employed. Did you know for instance that you can be employed and run an arts practice or design business at the same time? Did you know that if you freelance, sell work or need to gain commissions or run workshops on an ongoing basis you might need to gain legal trading status? But don’t panic!

This course will give you a concise overview of where to find sources of support, how to write a business plan, promote and identify a market for your artworks, designs, and creative skills. Other topics covered include raising awareness of legal issues, taxation, costing and pricing, what to charge and how to get paid.

The course includes a talk by a recently self-employed arts, design or lens-based start-up.

City law firm Laytons LLP is offering a free business name check and trade mark search to delegates on this course.

Who should take this course?

Artists, makers, designers, photographers or any other creative professionals wishing to develop their entrepreneurship skills.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please sign up to our mailing list to find out about upcoming dates and new course developments.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Please bring to the session:

  • Notepad and pen
  • Calculator or phone with calculator application
  • 3-4 Printouts, photographs or examples of your work, if you have them, do not worry if you do not.
  • Please bring along a copy of Alison's book (optional,  but strongly recommended 'The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers' Revised and Updated):
  • Details

    Topics covered

    • Raising awareness of current legal issues
    • How to keep records
    • Financial matters
    • Taxation and invoicing

    BONUS: City law firm Silverman Sherliker LLP is offering a free business name check and trademark search to delegates on this course. Additionally, for concept and idea protection, Creative Barcode offer a free 20 minute Q & A with CEO Maxine Horn on Skype and a massive discount off of its IP protection product including IP Tags, registration of work, file transfer service and much more. Available only to course attendees.



    We're working through our student reviews and will add to this section shortly! In the meantime, why don't you check out our stories where you will find out lots about our students and their experiences.
    Meet the Tutor:

    This intensive course is for those who want to learn how to set up in business. The course explores finding sources of support, how to start trading, trends, markets and self-promotion, plus more.

    Pay by:
    Powered by Worldpay
    Contact us: