This article will explain how you can get support as a freelancer from the Student Startup Team. This is the University of Portsmouth’s Student Enterprise Team.

A freelancer (also known as consultant, sole trader, self-employed or contractor) is someone that sells their skills/services/products to people, organisations or businesses rather than work on a regular salary for one employer.

The Student Startup Team offers startup support to all University of Portsmouth current students and graduates for up to five years after graduation.

Our expert team is here to provide the tools and support for success, inspire confidence and help you realise your goals.


How we can help:

One to one advice

You can access the Student StartUp Enterprise Clinics for an informal, confidential one-to-one chat, no matter what stage your idea is at and whatever your start up question. Please check the Careers and Employability Service website for details and times of the Enterprise Clinics.

Remember to provide anything that can help explain the idea including: product ideas, prototypes, sketches or simply your notes. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these, we’ll be happy to advise and support you.

If you are unable to make an Enterprise Clinic or are a distance learner please email



We run a range of workshops to help you develop your startup ideas.

Route to Startup (runs all year round)

Route to Startup is a series of interactive workshops for students and graduates looking to take their ideas from conception to reality. It is designed for students of all levels - undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research.

The programme runs at a pace that suits you. For more information visit Student Startup

Throughout the year we run a number of specialist events tailored to specific needs which cover a range of different topics. Follow us on social media for regular updates. The following programmes run at certain points in the academic year:


Social Startup Programme

We run a tailored programme of workshops that run over a five week period. The workshops will provide you with practical tools and specific Social Startup resources designed to help you develop your idea. Support is on hand throughout and after the programme. This programme is open to University of Portsmouth students and graduates (graduated within the last five years). For more information visit the Student Startup website.



We have collated a wide range of resources to support you in startup. Explore our resource bank and if you need additional support please contact the Student StartUp Team.

Funding - There are a number of sources for funding that can help you explore your business idea further – both within and outside of the University.

As a first step, check out our funding resource page. Additional support on funding sources and application advice can be provided by the team.

Please note: There are limitations on setting up a business if you are an international student. For more information please attend an Enterprise Clinic or contact the team.


How can I get in contact for more information and advice?

The Careers and Employability Service has a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can find out more about the support available from the Careers and Employability Service, access a wide range of information and advice and find out how to contact us by visiting our website at


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