Steps to Self-employment

Welcome to the Creative Connections Blog, a place to find out the latest course info for the 'Steps to Self-Employment' programme at Wolverhampton Adult Education Service. Find useful links to support and information for freelance artists as well as links to Wolverhampton's cultural scene.

The image above shows a detail of a painting by Steve Edwards from our recent exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery, which also featured, Paula Kovacs, Sharon Samuel David Morrin and Ruth Watkins.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Enrolling now for January 2016

Steps to Self-Employment 2016
Are you running or thinking about setting up your own business in a creative area?
Steps to Self-employment is a programme offering a range of support for anyone thinking about setting up or in the early stages of running their own business. From January 2016 it will consist of three different stages, learners can take part in any one of the three stages or do each one in sequence over the whole of the academic year.

The group discussions and assignments are all designed to increase knowledge and develop a range of skills that are rarely taught at university or art college                                 
Sue Halstead 2009

I still keep work diaries and use time-lines, tools I learned on the course. I
gained in self-confidence, met like-minded people and have sold some
Lesley Harper 2010

I found the course really useful because it made me focus on how I want to
use my creative skills to find work
Laura Hickman 2009

The course also offered me the chance to take part in a professional exhibition where I could exhibit my artwork and also meet contacts which enabled me to open my own business.
Charlotte Clark 2013

This course has been a lifeline for me. From my very first session I have gone away with practical advice and goal orientated structure. I've enjoyed
meeting other creative people (undertaking the course and as guest lecturers) and feeling the sense of connection...
Suki Bassi July 2013

the course helped me examine the creative process and investigate different forms of revenue
Nikki Palmer 2014
Stage 1: An introduction to creative enterprise (10 weeks)

‘Steps to Self-Employment’ stage 1 gives an overview of different options for freelance working. During the course you will be encouraged to explore ways of working as a freelancer in the creative sector and to investigate opportunities for creative freelancers locally and regionally.  Topics will include:

  • investigating enterprise skills
  • the basics of business record keeping
  • action planning for your business
  • ways of working in the freelance sector
  • working creatively in the local community

Stage 2: Marketing your Creative Business using Social Media (10 weeks)

‘Steps to Self-Employment’ stage 2 gives an overview of Social Media marketing for creative businesses.

The course will provide an outline of ways of marketing your creative business online in particular focusing on how Social Media can be used to build your business profile.

Topics will include:

·        Identifying and targeting your customers
·        Using Twitter to market your creative business
·        Promoting your business using a Facebook page
·        Improving your Search Engine optimisation (SEO)
·        Using Pinterest and Instagram for visual marketing
·        Maximising your profile on LinkedIn
·        Using Youtube for business promotion

Stage 3: Setting up a showcase exhibition (10 weeks)

‘Steps to Self-Employment’ stage 3 is aimed at people with creative skills who would like to set up their own business. The course provides a launch platform for emerging or start-up businesses making their first steps to promote their work. 

During the course learners will analyse their business skills and aims. They will complete a written business profile and work with others to mount a public exhibition of their work.

Topics will include:

·        your business and your values
·        completing a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats)
·        marketing your business
·        pricing your work
·        organising and presenting your work as part of a showcase exhibition

Course dates:

Courses will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - times to be confirmed.


The courses take place at The Maltings, Herbert Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1NQ

How do I find out more?
For further details please contact Moya Lloyd via can also call the Creative Studies department on 01902 558164


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