Working for yourself

At Goldsmiths we promote creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Whether you want to work for yourself, set up your own company or redefine your industry, we can support you every step of the way. From researching business ideas to looking for funding, the Careers Service at Goldsmiths offers one-to-one sessions to help you achieve your dreams.

The course and the tutors encouraged me to be entrepreneurial, to do my own thing and not rely on others to create opportunities for me.

Alana, MFA Curating

Alana, MFA Curating

Different ways to work for yourself

There are a number of different ways of working for yourself. These include:

Setting yourself up as self-employed/freelancing

Working as freelance or self-employed means that you will usually be undertaking fixed contract or project based work. This is a particularly common way of working in the creative industries, and offers the freedom of being your own boss. The offer extensive advice on how to set up as self-employed and work for yourself.

Setting up a business

There are three main ways to set up your own business. These depend on what you want to achieve, how you’d like to work, and what resources you have available:

  • Sole trader
  • Ltd companies
  • Partnerships

Visit for further information and to choose which option is right for you.

Planning and funding your business

Writing a detailed business plan can be the key to getting access to the funding you need to start a successful business. Careers Service at Goldsmiths offers one-to-one advice on how to complete a business plan and the best ways to fund your new business.

You can also check the Princes Trust and for additional support on how to write a business plan and apply for funding.

How Goldsmiths can help

Careers Service

The Careers Service offers dedicated advice to students planning to set up their own business or project. This includes one-to-one sessions where you can:

  • Refine and research your ideas
  • Take the first steps to turn your ideas into reality
  • Look for funding
  • Market your product or service
  • Advice on business plans and competition applications

Find out more about what the Careers Service can offer you.

Gold Ventures

Set up by current students, Gold Ventures is a society that aims to help students take projects and business ideas to the next level. Hosting events, guest speakers and workshops throughout the year, you can work with students from across the university to develop your ideas.

Find out more about Gold Ventures on Facebook.

Watch our video on how we can help you stand out in the world of work.

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