I'm a freelance illustrator who offers commissions and sells my art at markets and online. I'm also organising creative events like 'drink and draws' in Newport.
I want to be able to create and sell my artwork as a living. I also want to support other local businesses by providing commissions and hosting events.
Through the Start-up Stiwdio.
I didn't know how to set up myself as a business, and the support offered by LAUNCH seemed perfect for me.
It's helped me establish myself as a freelance illustrator and also improved my confidence in my business. It also pushed me to work harder and given me the support to focus on my business.
Mostly small setbacks like difficulty choosing insurance and problems motivating myself to complete the tasks I find difficult.
All the advice I've received has been very helpful and has taught me a lot about running a business.
I think more students need to be aware of the support and opportunities the university offers once you've graduated.