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Working for yourself

For those with an entrepreneurial flair, whether you want to develop a business idea or just learn more about self-employment, there is a lot of support available to help you.

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Online Careers Library

'Career Discovery' provides a range of resources to help you in considering setting up your own business and making your first steps.

Read our articles on:

and /or search for entrepreneurship more generally to view tips on starting a business, sources of support for entrepreneurs, and information about sectors in which it is more common to start your own enterprise.

Freelancer Club

Freelancer Club is the leading freelance community platform ideal for students who are interested in earning extra cash from their skills and passion. Designed for new and established freelancers, students can access to business training, support, and paid opportunities. 

Academy is the learning arm of the Freelancer Club and includes:

Freelance Business School
Learn the business basics, how to set your rates, promote your services, pitch for work, and land clients. 

  • 4 courses covering the freelance business essentials
  • Course Materials with links to apps, tools, and resources
  • Assignments accompanying each course
  • A chat forum for students to share ideas and discuss each topic 
  • Live Q&A sessions dedicated to each topic. 

Freelance Courses
Bite-sized sessions delivered by leading experts in the freelance industry covering topics from mastering Instagram Reels to resilience training and confidence building.  

  • Over 30 mini-courses covering a range of topics
  • On-demand, learn at your own pace
  • Track your progress and see which courses you’ve completed

Live Masterclasses

  • Live online sessions with leading experts
  • Ask questions and connect with other students

One-To-One Mentoring

  • Schedule monthly online sessions with freelance experts
  • Receive expert advice to take the next step on your freelance journey

In addition to the Academy, you can gain access to the Freelancer Club’s Discussion Board, resources including downloadable legal template and guides as well as access to ‘free to apply’ jobs and collaborations.

Get 12 months of free access to the Freelancer Club’s suite of learning tools, resources and more:

Join Freelancer Club

Innovation and Enterprise

In addition to the resources above, whether you're a staff member, a student or UCL alumni, the Innovation and Enterprise department at UCL can support you in lots of different ways. They help people across the university transform their knowledge and ideas into action. From laboratories to libraries, they can help put brilliant new ideas and discoveries to work in the real world.