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Freelance and business advice

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Starting A Business by Gracie Dahl

Are you interested in working for yourself? Do you have an idea for a creative business? Our enterprise team can support you with many aspects of setting up and running a successful business or freelance practice.

We provide:

  • Online business resources and events
  • Enterprise one-to-ones
  • Opportunities to showcase and sell your work
  • Funding and awards
  • Guidance on how to protect your intellectual property (IP)

Take a look at the resources on this page or email with your questions or to request a one-to-one.

Online business resources and events

  • How to exhibit your work

    How to be self-employed

    Read our online guidance on how to plan and launch your own business or freelance practice.

  • Daisy Hristova from MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation in front of a rack of magazines and working on a laptop.
    Daisy Hristova studying in the Library © Alys Tomlinson

    How to work as a freelancer

    Read our guidance on how to launch and maintain a successful freelance career.

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    Bradley Vine, BA (Hons) BA (Hons) ) Live Events and Television , London college of Communication © Alys Tomlinson

    How to find freelance work

    Find out about business planning, pitching and presenting as a freelancer or small business.

  • How to manage your IP

    Read our tips and advice on how best to manage and benefit from the value of your intellectual property (IP).

Showcase and sell your work

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    Image courtesy of UAL

    Self-promotion and marketing

    Get advice on self-promotion and marketing yourself as a creative professional.

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    Photo by Damian Griffiths

    not just a shop

    If you're a student or graduate from UAL you can apply to sell your work in not just a shop through our open calls.

Funding and awards

  • Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

    Start-up Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

    Want to set up your own business? UAL can help you apply for a Start-up Visa to stay in the UK after graduation.

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    Wood furniture by Qian Ou. Photo by Nicki Szlovak.

    Creative Business Accelerator

    The Creative Business Accelerator is a programme of business development for UAL graduates (up to 5 years after graduation).

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    Mustafa Boga, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins. Photo Alys Tomlinson.

    Creative Enterprise Awards

    Apply for a grant of up to £5,000 plus a share of prizes including: showcasing, industry mentoring and business training.

Upcoming enterprise events

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