Are you for help to start a business or considering self-employment? Writing on the Wall has partnered with Enterprise Hub who offer expert business start-up advice and support to residents of the Liverpool City Region.
In a report from 2015 based on a study by Queen Mary, University of London, showed just one in ten authors can afford to earn a living from writing alone, down 40% in ten years. On average professional writers earn less than minimum wage from their writing.
The writing industry is a pyramid, with the top earnings going to the superstar writers like JK Rowling, with the majority earning less than minimum wage from their writing. The report, entitled The Business of Being an Author, noted: “It is apparent that, for the majority, writing remains a low earning profession.” A remarkable 17 per cent of all writers did not earn any money in the year in question, 2013, despite 98 per cent having work published during the period of shortly before. Women were found to earn 80 per cent of the income of their male counterparts. And yet, for approx. 60% of people surveyed claiming they’d like to be a writer for their living, with being an author being their dream job. So how do you survive while trying to achieve your dream as a writer and artist? Writing on the Wall recognised the need to support writers developing their skills for employment, whether through freelancing, setting up their own business, possibly with others, or finding work within which they could make use of their writing skills i.e. blogging for other organisations and businesses. With the help of Enterprise Hub, Writing on the Wall will be offering monthly information sessions for writers and creatives, to act as a gateway for creatives into the Enterprise Hub, where they will be able to be referred for formal advice and guidance on developing their businesses.
Enterprise Director Jackie Williams says, “Since launching Enterprise Hub we have been delighted to watch it become exactly what we had hoped it would be – a way to pull together the top experts in enterprise from across the region to offer the highest level of support to local residents with a business ambition. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome on board new community partners who will further support our Enterprise Hub participants with additional wrap around services. This additional expertise will ensure we are reaching the most disadvantaged communities, while offering each individual access to further in depth support to tackle possible barriers to enterprise. We are pleased to confirm Writing on the Wall as a community partner of Enterprise Hub as their creative expertise and flair for developing innovative programmes and events will make them a valuable addition to the team.”
Eligibility for Business Start-up Support
You can access support to start your new business through Enterprise Hub if you are:
-A man or woman living in Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens or Halton
-Currently unemployed, employed or economically inactive
-Looking to get support to start a business/go self-employed
-Not yet registered as self-employed
If you are thinking of applying for an appointment with WoW @ Enterprise Hub, consider the questions below before applying. It helps, whether you are planning to go freelance or are setting up a company, if you have a clear business idea before your appointment so we’ll be able to point you in the right direction to give you the opportunity of free business advice. To access the free advice you must not have registered your company beforehand. If you have registered your company you will not be eligible for free business advice with Enterprise Hub, but there are still some courses you will be able to attend, so still get in touch with us and we’ll send you the courses you can apply for.
1. Do you have a business idea?
2. Are you currently employed?
3. Tell us a bit about your business idea.
4. How long have you had this idea?
5. At what stage are you with this idea?