How much does starting a business really cost? – 20 October

So you’ve got a great idea, you’ve got the know-how, and you’re ready to break out on your own and start your new venture. And while it’s fun thinking about what your business cards will look like and what font you’ll use on your website, have you really thought about what else you’ll need to pay for?

In this workshop for Sydney-based businesses,  Access to Finance Advisor Judy Hendricks will look into the nitty-gritty things that you will need to consider when working out how much starting a business will cost you – from what corporate structure you choose, getting legal and accounting advice, and working out what sales you need to break even. We run through the things that require essential planning to make your new business a viable one that will be around for the long term.

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business.

Sydney-based businesses, book your spot here.

HR masterclass – 26 October

There is a strong link between good HR practices, employee engagement, productivity and profitability. Many businesses mistakenly view HR & Recruitment as the same thing. HR is more than recruitment. Recruitment is just one element of the HR Lifecycle that, if developed, implemented and managed correctly, can positively influence your bottom line.

Join the webinar if you’re a Sydney-based business and want to understand the stages of the HR Lifecycle and the elements that are included in each. If you already have staff, join us to understand what you should have in place for compliance, as well as to be an employer that people want to work for. Even if you don’t currently have employees, by understanding this, you will be able to set up systems and processes to ready your business for growth.

This session is run by Business Connect.

Sydney-based businesses, book your spot here.

Wellbeing for creative business – 3  November

Working in the creative industries is both rewarding and strenuous, physically and mentally. How can practitioners maintain relative balance between flourishing and falling, particularly when artistic output is built with emotion? Wellbeing for business explores ways that creative professionals can purposely bring wellbeing practice into their everyday lives.

This session is run by Business Connect.

Book your free spot here.

Strategic growth business case development – 11 November

Communicating concepts, processes and detail for strategic growth requires a defined communication strategy to engage investors and finance. This free webinar introduces small businesses with up to 20 employees to big business tools for planning, communication and finance planning. Industry expert Ian Marsh will introduce attendees of this online event to mechanisms of business case development in a structure used at a macro level for business development at a national and international level.

This session is run by Business Connect.

Book your free spot here.


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