In the lead-up to our upcoming Boring Bits video series, the team at Noted HQ have curated some of our favourite free online resources for writers. Please note, this blog post provides a starting point only. We do not take responsibility for material found on external websites and suggest you always do your own research before making decisions.
Going into business
Australian Government (various)
Ready to take your creative career to the next level? After deciding if you are going to go it alone (sole trader), buddy up (partnership) or go big (company or trust), it’s time to get an ABN and find out if you need to register for GST. If you’re not trading under your own name, you’ll also need to register your business name with ASIC. Not sure where to start? You can find an overview of the issues connected to starting a business here.
Getting paid: invoicing 101
The Australian Taxation Office
It’s happened! You’ve got and done a job, registered for your ABN (see above) and now it’s time to get the cash. The Australian Taxation Office has a handy guide to setting out tax invoices and invoices (yep, there’s a difference).
Get covered: insurance options for writers
Flying Arts and Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Renting a studio? Planning on teaching some workshops? Time to get insured. We always suggest you shop around for the best deal.
For $245 a year (price as at Feb 2016) Flying Arts offers Public and General Liability Insurance for Australian professional writers through their Accredited Membership program. You can find out more about membership benefits and the application process here.
Want something a bit more heavy duty? Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance provides insurance for journalists (in addition to lots of other great benefits) through their Freelance Pro membership. You can read about becoming a member here and MEAA's insurance policy here.
Whose is that? All things copyright
Australian Copyright Council
The Australian Copyright Council is your one-stop-shop for information on copyright issues for writers. Free online guides cover key issues facing writers, journalists, editors and publishers – plus loads more. Check out the full list of guides here. Make sure you also keep an eye out for the Australian Copyright Council video in Boring Bits.
Arts Law Centre of Australia
If you don’t already know about the Arts Law Centre (ALC), now is the time to rectify that! Beyond offering free and low cost legal advice for creatives, ALC have an amazing collection of information sheets, sample agreements and check lists available on their website as part of their Info Hub. While not all resources are free, costs are kept to a minimum so they’re always excellent value. For writers, reading the free sheet on authors and self-publishing is a must.
Think we’re missing something? Add links to your favourite online resources in the comments below.