Freelance creatives will be there, will you? August 2012

1. HMRC tax session for newly selfemployed

August 21st
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Full of tips and practical advice, this HMRC-run workshop is ideal for any individual who is new to freelancing or self-employment. How to register your self-employment with HM Revenue & Customs; basic record-keeping, understanding your NI obligations and how to calculate those all-important expenses are among the topics to be covered.

2. Photo trip to Henry VIII’s former palace

August 20th
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Organised by the Royal Photography Society, this guided visit to Knole House, one-time palace of Henry VIII, is a must for interiors photographers, especially as areas not normally open to the general public will be accessible.

3. How to write an effective CV for the freelance/contract market

September 5th
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Organised by PCG, this online-only session will reveal the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of writing your CV as an independent worker. With hands-on advice from The CV and Interview Advisors, the hour-long webinar will tackle freelance-centric issues, such as how to get round having a six-page career history; how to write an appealing profile and how to frame yourself as a solution provider rather that someone merely looking for work.

4. Improving Reality 2012

September 6th
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Hosted by Lighthouse and supported by the Arts Council, this half-day conference promises a playful yet critical look at how designers,artists and creators are usingvarious technologies to shift our perception of reality.Industry captains have already been confirmed as speakers, due to appear alongside presentations inspired by science, stories, design and invention. Expect to pay £10/15 for entry.

5. Visit to Sky News

September 7th
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The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has reserved space with Sky News to take eight individuals (CIPR non-members must pay £25) to the broadcaster’s newsroom, for an insight into how the day’s news is put together. Early birds also have the chance to attend a morning press conference hosted by Sky News editor Dafydd Rees.

6. Digital Bootcamp for documentary-makers

September 8th
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Join this popular master class at independent journalism venue the Frontline Club, where documentary-makers and other story tellers will pass on the tricks of filming in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. So get to grips with the digital tools available and speak to the film-makers who have already ‘gone digital.’ Expect to hear about engagement, digital strategy, crowdsourcing and other funding options.

7. London Design Festival

September 15th
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Over ten days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events that take place across the capital, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. Billed as both a cultural and a commercial event, the festival’s attractions range from major international exhibitions to trade events, installations to talks and seminars, from product launches to receptions, private views and parties. The bulk of events will be free of charge.

8. Lovie Awards

Now - Until September 21st
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Named in honour of the first programmer, the second annual Lovie Awards will recognise the uniqueness, diversity and vibrancy of the European internet community. Whether they are inside or outside of prevailing trends, the spotlight will swing from creative networks, content and publishers to cultural outfits, political forces and bedroom bloggers.

9. Media employer of the year

On now
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Last year it was Fire Fish but who will it be this year? That’s the question that recruiter Pathfinders is once again asking (for the 13th year in a row!) to establish the media outfits which have gone the extra mile in the last 12 months to inspire, nurture and develop their workers. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in November 2012.

10. ‘I can do it’ conference!

September 22nd/23rd
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Courtesy of the Institute of Education, this is an opportunity for all individuals to relax and enjoy a forum where speakers and published authors offer a path for spiritual and body enlightenment. Available at different venues, the conference’s goal is to offer attendees motivational tools for development, so they can turn their personal or professional dreams into a reality.


15th August 2012

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