About The Collative

The Collative shares ideas, resources and inspiration for creative freelancers and entrepreneurs. 

This is a space to discover and celebrate independent creatives, and the work they do. It's also a space to share openly about what the freelance life looks like day-to-day, not just the seemingly glamorous parts, but the struggles that come along with being your own boss too.

I take you behind-the-scenes with artists, designers, photographers, makers, storytellers, and creative business owners, to offer a glimpse of what it's like to go freelance in different creative fields. I also create resources designed to support you on your journey of building a purposeful and profitable creative business, and share stories from my own freelance life


About me

My name’s Steph Welstead and I’m a freelance writer and digital editor, specialising in entrepreneurship, creative business and social innovation.

After working as a business journalist and editor for six years (as features editor of Growing Business magazine and editor of Startups.co.uk), I now work with businesses and charities to create digital content and strategies to help advance their mission, increase their impact, and achieve their goals.

Having experienced the world of freelancing from both sides of the table (as an editor working with independent creatives, and as a freelance writer trying to earn my keep), I set up The Collative in April 2013 as a side project, to create a space to share stories, resources and inspiration for fellow freelancers in the creative industries.

Interested in working with me or The Collative? Step this way.