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GOSFORD: How to Start a Creative Business

June 5 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Curious about turning your creative practice into a fully-fledged small business? Loving your artistic hobby, and wondering if you have the chops for freelancing?

This fun and friendly workshop will cover all the essentials you need to get the basics of creative business right, and avoid some of the most common pitfalls that artists can experience when entering the world of self-employment and freelancing. ‘How to Start a Creative Business’ was designed by creative practitioners for absolute beginners, and it’s a friendly safe space where every question is a good question, and the mysteries of business will become a little clearer.


You will learn all the following, with a special focus on arts practice and creative industries:

+ Setting goals and making a plan for your start-up journey,

+ The Basics of Business including ABNs, structures, business names and licences,

+ The legal steps to registering your Business,

+ Getting ready for managing the money,

+ Preparing for marketing and promotion,

+ Where to go for more help.

‘How to Start a Creative Business’ is your passport to a world where you can be creative, make money from your craft, and love your work.

What do I get? All participants of this workshop also receive:

+ Lifetime access to a Dropbox folder jam-packed with additional resources and helpful links.

+ A practical Workbook to assist with the interactive elements of the workshops.

+ Access to additional free webinars to supplement the material covered in the workshop.

+ The possibility of further one-to-one business advice, mentoring and support from one of our creative industries business specialist advisors. We have a whole team ready to help!

Who is presenting?
Brooke Scobie lives on Darkinjung land as a queer First Nations single mum, writer, podcaster, business mentor, and dedicated artist manager. With over 15 years working in the community services sector and a half-decade within the arts, Brooke seamlessly marries their passion for creative expression with a profound understanding of the needs of community. They have been published widely as a poet and writer, clinching 2nd place in the 2020 Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

We’re a social enterprise dedicated to educating creative people and arts organisations about business skills. We help by sharing practical knowledge in a fun and irreverent way, and everything we do is designed to help creatives to feel more confident and comfortable about the entrepreneurial aspects of their creative practice.

What is Service NSW Business Connect? 
Service NSW Business Connect provides free, independent, tailored business advice from experienced advisors in one‑on‑one sessions. We offer practical insights and business skills development. Services also include events and resources on a range of topics for small business.

Accessibility: if you have any access requirements, please email hello@creativeplusbusiness.com

Venue: FunHaus Factory, 124 Donnison Street, Gosford NSW 2250

Creative Plus Business is an approved independent provider for Service NSW Business Connect until June 2025.