Why should creative people know more about business?
Being creative is a wonderful thing and making money from your craft is a different set of skills altogether. In our experience, the more a creative person knows about the basic business aspects of running their own creative life, the more chance they have of making money and therefore building a sustainable and lifelong career.
From an institutional point of view, if students are empowered to create businesses and be more proactive about finding work and making money, they are much more likely to succeed. This brings happiness and sustainability to the individual, and benefits the organisation by developing graduates or participants to go forward as leaders in their industry.
How does Creative Plus Business work?
The core of our work is in creating and facilitating workshops. These offer business advice to individuals in a secure learning environment, as well as bringing like-minded creatives together to discuss and develop their own business ideas. The workshops are also designed to be fun, relaxed and interactive. Networking possibilities are also encouraged, particularly as we encourage creatives from a range of professions to come together and meet.
In addition to the workshops, Creative Plus Business offers individual subscribers the chance to attend events, organise individual mentoring with Monica, and receive the regular newsletter AdHoc.
We also offer packages and training to organisations and institutions, which can include tailored workshops, mentoring programs for students, and resources aimed at the specific needs of the organisation. Monica is also an engaging speaker and is regularly asked to deliver lectures, keynote speeches and panel discussions. She is a recognised expert in the area of freelancing and creative business.
What are Monica’s qualifications?
Monica has been a creative freelancer and business owner for over 25 years. She also holds a BA in Mass Communications/Media from Macquarie University, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has recently completed her Masters Degree in Screen Arts and Business through the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
Where does the information come from?
Monica keeps the information that she shares constantly up to date, working closely with the Australian Taxation office, the Arts Law Centre of Australia, and financial expert Electra Frost.
Why so many professions?
One of the problems with working for yourself in the arts is isolation and it can be a lonely road trying to craft a self-sustaining creative business. By bringing different professions together into the same environment, Monica demonstrates that when it comes to business, we are all in the same boat. There is strength and support in numbers!
Does Monica help people one-on-one?
Yes, Monica offers various advisory packages to individuals and small creative businesses. This is goal-based advice and mentoring that helps people identify what they want and where they’re going first, and then helps them find a way to succeed on that journey.
How can I get in touch?
Visit the contact page to find out more.