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David Thomas
A trainer and media consultant who loves travelling the world.
Interests: salsa, making bread, travelling, old films, the bfi mediatheque
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I meet a lot of production freelancers in my training, working in TV, film and theatre. Where the EU vote has come up it seems most are natural remainers, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Electric Trainer
Listen to our podcast chat about my top time management tips with Veena V at Mum to Millionaire. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Electric Trainer
We had a great discussion in yesterday's 'Setting up as a Sole Trader' workshop about time management: when to be 'on duty' for your business; how to switch off without... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Electric Trainer
David Thomas Media has been working with Stakeholder Forum and Civicus (based in South Africa) to produce guides that help journalists on the one hand and charities on the other. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Electric Trainer
I get a lot of questions on my self-employment training courses about the mysterious personal service company (PSC). Most people have heard the term in connection with working for yourself,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Electric Trainer
Two new guides launching, to help development charities and media understand each other better. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Electric Trainer
The days following a budget announcement are always interesting to me. As the headlines fade it's possible to delve into the small print and find quite substantial changes that no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Electric Trainer
New freelancers and sole traders often ask me how much they should charge. The short answer is to look at the existing market and see what people like you are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Electric Trainer
I meet quite a few people on business skills courses who have been through a redundancy process and are receiving a payout as a result. Redundancy payments greater than £30,000... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Electric Trainer
OK. So e-selling isn't really a word, but if you're selling digital stuff online to EU customers you need to be aware of some new rules. *Takes deep breath...* Small... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Electric Trainer
I'm often asked by worried freelance trainees if they're ever likely to be audited by the taxman (or woman). I haven't a clue, of course. But this article in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Electric Trainer
Time to come clean: the way VAT works across borders is one of those things I can't quite get my head around. I understand how VAT is irrelevant if you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Electric Trainer
We've met quite a few media freelances recently who operate through an agency to get work and receive payment. As the rules about employment status and taxation for agency workers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Electric Trainer
I'm often asked by trainees on our self-employment workshops where to get more information about keeping records. The short answer is 'the horse's mouth'. HMRC have been developing a series... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Electric Trainer
One of the enduring mysteries of life in the UK why we have a tax that's still called national insurance, and why it's still so complicated. There are four different... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Electric Trainer
Regular readers of this blog will know there's a bit of a recurring theme around how to ensure people pay you on time when you are self-employed. I heard some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Electric Trainer
There have been a couple of announcements this week which caught my eye and should be of interest to anyone who is going into self-employment, doubly so if you have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Electric Trainer
Anyone with a LinkedIn account will have noticed a new feature where you are encouraged to endorse the skills of your connections. You can read all about endorsements on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Electric Trainer
I've banged on quite a bit over the years about how useful the UK's late payment legislation can be to small businesses and freelances. Getting paid on time increases income... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Electric Trainer
When I started my business (8 years ago) I benefitted hugely from free face-to-face advice provided by Business Link, the government agency designed to help small businesses set up and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Electric Trainer
If you're a VAT-registered small business or freelance you occasionally come up against ignorance or pure willfulness on the part of bigger organisations. I love this story about one man's... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at Electric Trainer
Although I focus on business skills in my workshops, I inevitably meet a lot of people who are thinking of setting up on their own after receiving some sort of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Electric Trainer
I tweeted yesterday that the King's Speech showed the value of the experienced freelance. Within a few minutes I had enough responses to demonstrate clearly that 140 characters are sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Electric Trainer
How is the British media coping with Wikileaks? As a broadcaster, journalist and trainer it's a good question to ask at the end of another fascinating week. It's been difficult... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Electric Trainer
In amongst all the talk of cuts to budgets and freezes on spending, my eye was naturally drawn to today's story (for example in the Guardian) about changes to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2010 at Electric Trainer