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5W Academy - Freelancing Bootcamp

Upcoming event: New York City

Freelancing Bootcamp

1-day workshop: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Registration fee: $550

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This intensive workshop will provide you with the core fundamentals needed to start your own freelance business in the creative field. Whether you are a graphic designer, illustrator, digital designer, painter, or any variation of these, the workshop will provide you with the essential tools you need to start your own freelance business. By attending this workshop, you will have an understanding of business finances, how best to set up your business from a tax and legal standpoint, have the background and resources to effectively market your business, as well as have a file cabinet of useful contracts, agreements and forms needed to get on your way to building a successful freelance business.

The workshop will also cover methods of marketing and includes the vital pieces you will need to get your business running. We will cover how to best market your work, how to get set-up in social media marketing, and how to best promote your work via a promotional website. Getting work is the first step. Building a strong business of repeat clientele will make your business thrive. This workshop will offer strategies to retain and build your client-base so that you thrive as a creative freelancer.

by the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • fully understand what it takes to build a freelance career.
  • ascertain best form of business entity for your freelance business.
  • understand the basics of taxes, recordkeeping and accounting.
  • begin customizing forms and agreements to kick-off your freelance career professionally.
  • decide how best to market your work and gain long-standing clients.
  • comprehend how to budget and charge for your time.
  • learn how to search for, find, and keep clients.
  • use what you’ve learned and your resources to keep your business running smoothly.

The instructor

Anna Christian

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Anna Christian is a New York City–based graphic designer and has had a successful freelance career for nearly 20 years. She has designed numerous award-winning logo, book, magazine, and package designs. Her background in both publishing and traditional design studios gave her the varied background that has proved influential throughout her career. Anna is currently the art director at UNICEF USA and before her freelance career, she was an art director at Fortune magazine and later Fortune Small Business magazine.

Anna ventured back to her multi-disciplined work full-time, launching AnnaDesign in 2002. While she works on various projects, Anna's true love is book publishing. She has been focusing on producing beautiful, high-quality books for top publishing companies such as Abrams, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and Sterling Publishing. Most recently, Anna has been instrumental in redesigning UNICEF USA’s brand identity system.


  • 1The Business of Art

    • General overview of workshop.
    • Learn what it takes to run your own business.
  • 2Creating a Plan for Your Business

    • Choose a business structure.
    • Identify target clients.
  • 3Marketing Your Business

    • Branding yourself.
    • Set up social media.
    • Refine your portfolio.
    • Prepare digital and print promotional handouts
      and promo pieces.
    • Design and develop promotional website.
    • Putting the marketing program together.
    • Finding clients.
    • Keeping clients.



  • 4Getting Your Business Organized

    • Office location.
    • Find and set up support services.
    • Set up your working system.
    • Brand and organize your forms and agreements.
    • Organize your recordkeeping system.
  • 5Understanding Business Finances and Taxes

    • Budgeting your business.
    • Pricing your work and getting paid.
    • Banking.
    • Accounting and taxes.
  • 6Operating Your Business

    • Use what you’ve learned and your resources to keep
      your business running smooth.
  • 7Resources, Questions & Answers


Payment are processed through using PayPal or a range of Credit Card types. If you or your organization prefers to make a booking through an invoice process (electronic payment transfer or check) please email to progress your registration.


The event will take place at
180 Maiden Lane. Suite 1102
New York, NY 10038

Class size

The maximum class size is typically around 25-30 people. This helps to create a supportive learning environment with plenty of one-on-one instruction as well as facilitating energetic dialogue within the group.


The workshops will commence at 9:30 am and finish around 5:00 pm. There will be short breaks in the morning and afternoon sessions and a lunch break of around 50 minutes.


If desired, may bring laptop or iPad for notetaking and to review resources, but not required. Power points will be available for charging.


Drinks/refreshments are typically available on arrival. Lunch is not provided but the venue will be located with convenient access to nearby facilities.

Student cancellations

100% refunds are offered for student cancellations UNLESS the event is less than 20 days away in which case a 50% refund will be offered. If you wish to transfer your booking to another delegate, that is fine, but please inform us if this situation arises.

Event cancellations

In the rare event that a training course has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances you will be offered a 100% refund. Refunds will be limited to registration costs: 5W Infographic LLC is not liable for any other costs incurred, such as travel or accommodation costs.

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About 5W Academy

5w academy aims to be at the center of a discussion that helps elevate the quality of the craft and its integrity by developing useful education programs, workshops and conferences for all those interested in this exciting field. We have over 15 years of experience helping people and companies to communicate better. Let us know how we can help you.

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