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.
Many writers and artists have the desire to become freelance, and to be able to devote all their time to working on what they love – their own artistic creativity and output. For some, through a lack of awareness and knowledge, and for others with financial and/or family commitments to meet, this can be a difficult step to take. However, whether working on their own artistic endeavours, or working generally within the creative industries, becoming self-employed, or setting up a small business, can be the best and often most rewarding approach. A recent report argued that for the creative industries self-employment is where the growth is; that 43 per cent of the current creative industries workforce is self-employed, and within that, 78 per cent of its businesses have fewer than five employees.
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