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ONLINE (NSW): How to Start a Creative Business

May 9 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

In a well-lit and creative studio space, a woman is focused on cutting fabric laid out on a large work table. The table is scattered with various sewing tools and materials. In the background, another woman is working on a design board, pinning up sketches and fabric swatches. The space is decorated with plants and a rack of clothing, suggesting an environment dedicated to fashion design or crafting. In the bottom right corner, there is a logo for Service NSW Business Connect, indicating an approved provider.

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 online 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!

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.

Who is presenting?
Cat Dibley – Cat Dibley is a national and international creative producer with over 10 years’ experience producing dance, theatre, tours, and festivals. She has worked at major theatre companies across Australia, Europe, and the US and founded a theatre company in 2011, producing many shows under this banner for mainstage companies, festivals, and large-scale national tours. Cat has worked as a creative consultant, story producer, screen development producer, educator and mentor.

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

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.

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