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NSW Small Business Month

Home Truths | Make working from home, really work

Whether you’re a freelancer, soloist or small business owner - just getting started or well established - this free webinar and podcast series is for you.

Focused on home-based businesses, it will help you get set up for success and build a business that suits your lifestyle. Brought to you by NSW Small Business Month and the NSW Government.

NSW Small Business Month is a celebration of small businesses with hundreds of events across the state throughout October. It’s all about giving you the practical business information and support to start, run or grow your business. Visit businessmonth.nsw.gov.au to find an event near you.

Webinars: Home Truths

Robert Gerrish has spent decades helping Australians turn their passions into profits. In conversation with Flying Solo Editor Peter Crocker, Robert shares his proven strategies for starting, running and growing a home-based business! Get your questions and notepad ready for these info-packed sessions.

Tue, Oct 30, 10:00 - 11:00 AM AEDT

Go for growth

In this lively session, Robert and Peter cover topics including growth strategies, building a following, keeping customers, setting expectations, planning ahead, managing money and more.

It's all about how you can do more with less, attract the right clients, grow revenue and maintain control.

Complete: Register for the replay

Get set up for success

This webinar will cover topics such as setting boundaries, managing your time, banishing distractions, overcoming adversity, staying connected, office layouts and designing your ideal week. 

Robert will help you whip your home office and processes into shape for a happier and more profitable business.

Podcasts: Solo Stories

In this series we interview successful small business owners who have started and grown their businesses from a home base. Hear their inspiring stories of how they did it and get helpful tips and hints around money, marketing, resilience and digital innovation.

Kate Toon
Clever Copywriting School

Kate Toon

Having successfully transitioned from a traditional fee-for-service business to a scalable online training offering, and having built a huge social media following along the way, Kate Toon shares her learnings around digital marketing and building a community. We also discuss how she built her very own ‘Toon Cave’ in her backyard where she runs her business from NSW’s Central Coast. 

Steve Manning
Communications Consultant

Steve Manning

Seeking a more relaxed lifestyle away from the city grind, Steve Manning moved his family - including 3 boys under 5 years old - and his business up to Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast. He has a great story to share about juggling work and kids, managing clients remotely, and following his passion for writing. 

Matt White
Ergoflex Mattresses

Matt White

A decade ago, Matt White left a corporate job to start his own business and help others enjoy the perfect night’s sleep. As director of online mattress retailer Ergoflex, he was the first person to bring the mattress-in-a-box concept to Australia. Matt shares his experience with running a business, social media, handling competition, and keeping ahead of trends. 

Vanessa Emilio
Legal123

Vanessa Emilio

With over 20 years as a corporate lawyer, Vanessa Emilio founded Legal123 in 2009 to help people access standard legal documents using online templates at a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer. Leading a team of legal experts across Australia, Vanessa shares her advice on starting, running and growing an online business that can be run from anywhere. 

Emily Traill
Maid My Day Cleaning

Emily Traill

Emily Traill and her good friend Jacquie left their corporate careers to start their own business. They carefully planned it to allow them the flexibility to raise their families as well as fulfil their business ambitions. Ten years on and they manage hundreds of cleaning teams from their home, based in Sydney’s Inner West. 

This October is NSW Small Business Month. See you there!

NSW Small Business Month

Small Business Month is a series of hundreds of events to support your success. Gain valuable support, be inspired to start or grow your business, and connect with like-minded people. Attend an event near you, or online.

Learn more about NSW Small Business Month

Podcast host, Robert Gerrish founded the Flying Solo online community, co-wrote our bestseller Flying Solo: How to go it alone in business and his latest book, The 1 Minute Commute with publisher, Pan MacMillan. When he’s not working with us, he’s presenting at conferences around the place and working to help others enjoy the solo work life.


This series is brought to you by NSW Small Business Month, a NSW Government initiative.

Small Business Month features a wide range of events throughout October across metropolitan and regional NSW. Funded by the NSW Government and presented by the NSW Department of Industry, it provides practical information, ideas and networking opportunities to help businesses start up and grow. Visit the site to find an event near you.

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