RunNING a Business

Business skills and creative skills go hand in hand for many individuals working in culture and the arts. Self-management skills are essential for sole traders and individuals running a creative business, but also benefit anyone seeking to develop their professional skillset.

Information is presented in three areas:

  • 1. Resources + Learning Marketing l Finance l People l Insurance

  • 2. Free Advice + Training by Business Local - RSM

  • 3. Tips on Working Well From Home

  1. Resources + Learning


  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) provides a members-only public and product liability and professional indemnity insurance package for visual artists and craftspeople

  • Ausdance provides a members-only public and product liability and professional indemnity insurance package for dance teachers, dancers and dance companies

  • Duck for Cover provides members-only public liability insurance for performance based artists

  • Flying Arts provides a members-only public and product liability and professional indemnity insurance package for artists, artworkers, writers and musicians and extends to limited cover for teaching and training students

  • Local Community Insurance provides insurance to clubs and community groups ()

  • Artsource offers complete insurance package with MAX membership

2. FREE advice and training for small business

Wherever you are in regional Western Australia, you’re never far from free, confidential and practical advice on starting and running a small business.

You can access support directly from the Business Local outreach service, available through a network of providers in regional areas across the State. Their advisers can give free advice and guidance on a range of topics to help you build and grow your business. They are experienced in business and understand how things work in your area.

  • Business Start-Up

  • Business Planning

  • Financial Planning

  • Marketing

  • Licenses & Registrations

  • Taxation & Funding

  • Succession Planning

  • E-Commerce

  • HR & Industrial Relations

You can access the service for a one-to-one appointment to discuss a specific matter or attend a practical workshop to build your business skills. Business Local providers will deliver their service in ways that best meets your needs. This could include face-to-face meetings, teleconferencing, email or telephone.

3. Tips for working from home

Creating a productive and healthy work environment in your own living space can present plenty of challenges, from the ergonomics of working at a kitchen table to setting (and maintaining) your own break routines. Below are a few of our favourite resources.

Make it Better

The Creative Tool Box is designed for self-directed learning and development, to assist you in growing your personal and professional skills as you see fit. It is a free and democratic resource that adapts as the creative landscape changes; the sections and links you see are just examples of what is possible.

We invite everyone to build upon this current structure, to make the Creative Tool Box a state-wide go-to for all artists and arts workers seeking development and for anyone considering a career in the arts. All ideas, feedback or content suggestions are warmly welcomed through the Make It Better contributors portal.