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ONLINE: Freelance Five

March 21 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Creative professionals will usually consider freelancing at some stage—it’s the nature of the industry. What are the five biggest pitfalls, and how to avoid them?

A career in the creative industries will very often involve at least one foray into freelancing—whether we like it or not! Everyone from curious hobbyists to regular employees will probably need to understand the basics—not to mention those who have deliberately chosen the freelance life. The Freelance Five is a fast, fun, and practical presentation specifically designed for creative practitioners and arts professionals with absolutely no business skills, to help them get the five most important elements of creative freelancing right. It’s a workshop designed by creatives for creatives and facilitated by those who have lived the life and have stories to share.

Participants will learn all the following, with a focus on arts practice and creative industries:
+ Step One: Setting up the freelance business properly, including registrations and ABNs.
+ Step Two: Getting ready to make (and spend) the money, using best practice and tech.
+ Step Three: Understanding how insurance works for freelancers (boring but necessary!)
+ Step Four: Making the deal legal and using MOUs and agreements as protection.
+ Step Five: Preparing for marketing, self-promotion and relationship building.

More links and resources will also be shared about superannuation, tax and licensing.

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!

Ideal For: Creative practitioners at every level, from students to professionals.

Who is presenting?
Brooke Scobie who 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.

What is NSW Business Connect? 
Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business. Creative Plus Business provides confidential, independent business advice and skills training for small and medium creative businesses across NSW as part of the NSW Government’s Business Connect program.

What’s Creative Plus Business?
We’re a social enterprise dedicated to educating creative people and arts organisations about business skills. We help through 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. We believe that a bit of naughtiness, tempered with a kind heart and a big dose of professionalism, is the key to helping creative people understand the boring basics of business.

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

This workshop will take place on Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link in an email from Creative Plus Business prior to the workshop. Note: this workshop will not be recorded.

This workshop is sponsored by NSW Business Connect, a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted independent business advice and events to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business.

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