Going it alone: Taking your next step as a creative entrepreneur

Make 2022 the year your passion transitions from idea to career.
Rough stone steps lead a risky path across a fast-flowing stream.

For many creatives, the rigours of the last couple of years have thrown the spotlight on their personal and professional life goals. If you’ve decided it’s time to ditch the 9 to 5 and fully focus on pursuing your passion, read on for our top tips for success as a full-time creative entrepreneur.

Making the transition from employee to self-employed creative can be daunting, so it’s important to be prepared. The old business adage, ‘fail to plan = plan to fail’ still holds true. And with a report from the University of Technology Sydney showing that one in three small businesses folds within the first year, and half within two years, it’s worth doing your homework. Before you take that critical leap into the unknown be sure you have a solid foundation.

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Dr Diana Carroll is a writer, speaker, and reviewer based in Adelaide. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Woman's Day, and B&T. Writing about the arts is one of her great passions.