The Business of Music 1: Small Business Building website

Occasionally in 2016 I’ll be sharing some of my go-to resources for making a living in the arts in a series called The Business of Music.

The first link is here, a business planning website called Small Business Building, and especially the online course it offers. This is an excellent resource delivering the curriculum for a Certificate III in Micro Business Operations freely online. Students can take any or all of the modules in any order, and can submit their work for a formal qualification if they desire.

I began my arts business on the run – applying for an ABN (Australian Business Number) and handwriting the invoice for my first music copying job, with no exposure to business concepts in my music education, nor any idea what the future held.  After some years of regular work, when I needed to start making some plans and goals, Small Business Building was quite a useful resource, introducing some of the ideas and issues I might need to consider. Highly recommended for anyone in the general community thinking about starting or growing a tiny business, and in particular for artists/musicians as a complement to their creative education, as most of us do some kind of freelancing/contract work at as part of our career.

Have you ever used an online resource to help structure some business planning? Comment if you’d like to share. I’m especially interested to hear from international readers, as my contributions here are necessarily Australian.

Catch up with the whole series:

2 thoughts on “The Business of Music 1: Small Business Building website

  1. bluecarpaintedgreen says:

    Hello, friend! I’m so happy to see this. I recently started a series called Becoming My Own Boss, which talks about my process of starting a side business. I’ll check out the resource you mention! I’ve been getting lots of help from a site called, which has online courses for people starting small businesses. Are you asking for contributions to a link party? If so, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

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  2. Peggy says:

    Hi bluecarpaintedgreen, yes, I’ve been following your journey with great interest! Always happy to see your latest post in my Reader, and really digging the resources you’ve been linking to. Thanks so much for sharing, will check it out. I’ve got no idea what a link party is, but hoping to find out by following and possibly joining your current one! Px



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