After 3 months of planning and preparation, Freelance February shot by us in a flash and we’re now in March!
Freelance February was a month long initiative for DMU students and graduates interested in taking the route of self-employment. The month provided a wide range of activities and workshop to help up skill knowledge and prepare students for a self-employment journey.
Over 170 students attended the 18 events throughout February and we were delighted to welcome onto campus small businesses and alumni who shared their expertise in a range of areas including digital marketing, branding, intellectual property, funding plus much more – the list goes on!
The month kicked off with a fantastic session by Fred Brookes at Creative Leicestershire, a local business support service for creatives based within Leicestershire. Fred shared invaluable knowledge with students regarding freelancing and being self-employed.
Jon Foster, Director of creative design agency North Design Studio took students through the basics of branding and how vital your brand is when starting a business.
Midway through the month, we explored funding with Natwest Business Growth Enabler Gareth Howell. Gareth shared the different ways of funding a business with students and gave them an insight into business banking.
Prospect IP shared how to protect the intellectual property within a business idea and we looked at how networking can be the key to finding freelance work with an interactive session which of course naturally included some networking.
It was great to welcome DMU Alumni Becky Boyd back to campus who delivered two Google Digital Garage sessions for the students, giving them a brief overview on how to get get stuck into digital and reach more customers online. The Google Garage is a free online course which provides lots of information and resources to help your business get savvy with digital.
Every session was a great chance for students to find out more how to kick start that idea. The month ended with a 2 day boot camp delivered by our friends at the Princes Trust which took 14 students on a journey exploring legal structures, market research, marketing, finance and business plans!
Overall, all 18 events received really positive feedback and was a valuable initiative to all those that attended. We’re so grateful to our external partners who kindly came onto campus to deliver some of these sessions for us and we look forward to working with you again.
For more information about the Enterprise Team and how we can support enterprising DMU students and graduates, please visit our website.