Freelancing and Creative Side Hustles

How to get started and what to think about
Thursday 19 November 2020: 2-4pm
Via Zoom


Are you a creative thinking about embarking on a freelance career? A maker wanting to develop your hobby into a side hustle*? Or an artist wanting to make your side hustle into your job?

This session is for people wanting to explore the world of freelancing and side hustles. It will be led by freelance champion, Leila d’Aronville (Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers), and Freddie Matthews from Hanging by a Fred. Leila and Freddie will take you through some of the practicalities of becoming a freelancer, such as getting started, time-management, finance and networking – and Freddie will share how she turned a hobby making beautiful jewellery into a second income. Both of them will be available for questions and hopefully some answers.

*By side hustle, we mean a means of making money which isn’t your “full time” job.


Register your interest for this workshop, by clicking here.

We will confirm your place and details of the session via. email. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any have any questions about the event, please email [email protected].


Due to our funding conditions, this workshop is only available to individual creative practitioners who live, work or study in Sunderland or creative/ heritage organisations and creative businesses who are based in Sunderland.

This workshop is offered as part of the Unlock the City programme which supports the development of artists and creative businesses in Sunderland. Unlock the City is delivered in partnership by Sunderland Culture, Sunderland City Council, Digital Catapult, North East BIC and Sunderland BME Network, with funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund through the Great Place Programme, and Coastal Communities Fund.


About Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers
Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers is an organisation and network putting freelancers at the heart of the conversation. Founded by Leila in 2019, it has grown quickly to be a thriving network of over 1500 members, providing mutual support and development opportunities.

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Find Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers on Twitter: @TWCFreelancers

About Hanging by a Fred
Freddie Matthews began Hanging by a Fred, inspired by her late father’s love of climbing and the beautiful rope that he left behind after his death. Not being able to throw away these things that held such fond memories, she decided to investigate ways to upcycle them in a creative fashion, to make mementos for loved ones. Seeing the amazing results she could achieve, she designed a range of jewellery and, after encouragement from friends, she went into business. Hanging by a Fred now creates a wide variety of items from upcycled retired climbing rope for him, for her, for pets and for the home

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