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Top Ten Tips Towards business success as a creative freelancer

Greenside Productions

Saturday, 19 May 2018 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (AEST)

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Where do you begin when it comes to addressing all the different needs of a business in the creative industries?

This presentation identifies the ten most essential areas of focus for anyone starting out, or already running, a creative business. Goal setting, business planning, time management, money, marketing and more - in this action-packed presentation participants learn some practical tips to help with the reality of running an arts business from an expert with over 25 years experience in the creative industries.

The Top Ten Tips are relevant no matter what your profession – filmmakers, writers, designers, visual artists, musicians, composers, dancers, performers – all can benefit from an insider's experience with the basics of business.

All participants at a Top Ten Tips presentation receive a link to a bespoke website with links and notes, a PDF handout stuffed full of resources and exercises, and a chance to network with others just like them. For a sneak peak at the Resources page, visit:


The purpose of this session is to give an overview of the essential elements required for a creative business, whether at start-up or growth phase. Participants will also be encouraged to network with each other and share their experiences.


By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • The importance of goal setting and business planning for a creative business;

  • How to better manage the limited resources of time and money;

  • Where to get legal, financial and taxation advice;

  • What to think about when starting the marketing process. 

Monica Davidson

Monica Davidson has never had a so-called ‘proper’ job. She has been self-employed asa journalist, writer and filmmaker since her teenage years.

After freelancing and setting up her own production company in the early 1990s, Monica started offering informal advice and running workshops to help other creatives with their businesses. More than twenty years later, Monica is a renowned and award-winning expert in the fields of freelancing, creative industries and arts entrepreneurship.

Through her company Creative Plus Business Group, Monica now works exclusively with creative practitioners at all stages of their careers, helping them to build businesses without sacrificing their creativity or independence. She has mentored over 500 individual practitioners and small creative companies since 2011. 

Monica also runs workshops and masterclasses, delivers keynotes and presentations, and regularly provides her expertise to panel discussions and the media. She is a guest lecturer on creative entrepreneurialism at tertiary institutions including AFTRS and NIDA. 

Creative Plus Business Group also consults to larger arts organisations, and Monica creates arts business programs for councils, government agencies, and industry peak bodies. She also wrote the Australian version of Freelancing for Dummies.

In 2013 Monica was appointed as the first Creative Industries Business Advisor by the NSW Office of Small Business, and the following year completed her Masters in Screen Business at AFTRS. Monica has also won numerous awards including a spot on the Westpac 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries, and a Service Star Award from Flying Solo.

In 2016, Creative Plus Business Group joined the City of Sydney Creative Spaces project, and in 2017 became the NSW Creative Industries Advisory Service for the NSW Department of Industry Business Connect contract. 

Monica continues to juggle her creative practice as a filmmaker, and in her down time enjoys movies, her family, pink champagne, and the gentle art of pub karaoke.



What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Trams 35, 70, 86 are the closest.
Docklands Studios has comprehensive parking and it will be possible to park onsite during the seminar.

Is lunch included in the ticket price?

A light lunch will be included in the ticket price. Contact the organiser if you have any special dietary requirements. 

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email

What's the refund policy?

Refunds available up to 30 days prior to the event.


Have questions about Top Ten Tips Towards business success as a creative freelancer? Contact Greenside Productions

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Docklands Studios Melbourne
Docklands Drive
Docklands, VIC 3008

Saturday, 19 May 2018 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (AEST)

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