The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
NDotM was at the seminar on freelancing organised by the PCG (Professional Contractors Group). Fascinating research from Australia on the happiness ratings of people who work for themselves – far higher than people who are employees. Also interesting input from European colleagues on different models encouraging freelancing while providing social and welfare support. Consensus was that self employed and freelance entrepreneurs are vital to economic recovery but the need for business and financial advice, mentoring on social and networking skills badly needed.
Much discussion about how to actively encourage a “feel the fear and freelance anyway” attitude and the vast differences between people who go freelance after a career as an employee and young people who know from the start they want to work for themselves… particularly artists and creative types which reinforced NDotM’s Creative Survival report earlier this year. FSB to announce their campaign for recognition of self employment soon.
A valuable exchange of experience, opinions and research.