Running Your Own Creative Business

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Business Skills for Freelancers is a fun, fast and practical 2 day workshop that covers everything a creative person needs to know about freelancing. Facilitated by creative industries expert Monica Davidson, this course includes everything you need to know about working for yourself in the arts. It is especially relevant to freelancers.


In this workshop you’ll find out everything you need to start and run your creative business, including:
- Setting goals and making creative business plans
- Getting an ABN, business name and deciding on structure
- Business money, including working out what to charge
- An introduction to tax, and where to get more help
- Legal issues such as contracts, Copyright and IP
- Devising a strategy behind personal freelance marketing

The unique aspect of Business Skills for Freelancers is that we’ll also look at the challenge of combining your creative work, your personal life and your creative business. Business Skills for Freelancers participants also receive handouts stuffed full of resources and exercises, access to a tailored Dropbox with even more resources, and a chance to network with others just like them. It’s fast, fun and completely practical, so do come and join us!

Although as creatives we often prefer to concentrate on creative output, financial viability and success relies on our ability to navigate the business arena! Running at AFTRS for over ten years, "Creative Business" has helped hundreds of participants to develop and grow their creative careers and make money from their practice. Filmmakers, writers, designer, performers, musicians and more - all are welcome - the more the merrier. If you’re more than one of these professions, great! ​ ​
'This course should be essential for any freelancer in the creative industries!
Monica was brilliant this weekend and I've certainly been enlightened in looking to run my creative business in the future. I will definitely be recommending it to other creative friends.
The course was absolutely fantastic and Monica is a fabulous teacher. I gained a huge amount from the course...highly recommended and extremely happy.
Monica is awesome! So knowledgeable & fun! Facilities were great. The material received had extreme value!'
The workshop is presented by Monica Davidson, a creative industries expert with over 30 years experience in running her own creative businesses as a filmmaker and writer. Monica now works exclusively with creative people, helping them to build their businesses. In addition to writing the Australian version of “Freelancing for Dummies”, Monica's company is also the lead Creative Industries Business Advisory provider for the NSW Department of Industry.
Check out Monica Davidson: Top Tips for Running Your Own Creative Business​ on our Meet the Tutors page.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

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The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.