Going by the emails I received last week, inviting me to a Federal Government sponsored, all day seminar on ‘Healthy Home-Based Business Essentials’, the home based business sector of the economy is now at least a blip on the politicians’ radar. If that sounds a tad cynical, I offer in my defence that I was a public servant for fourteen years and have some understanding of how the system works. Non-squeaking wheels do not generally get oiled – or even greased.

The seminar is one of a series being staged around the nation, in ‘rural and regional’ areas, to use the current political jargon – i.e. all those places outside the big and biggish cities, the state and territory capitals Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra (but people in Canberra can go to one in the neighbouring town of Queanbeyan).

The seminars promise information on:

  • how to market your business

  • business taxation and insurance issues

  • how to protect your intellectual property

  • business planning and cash flows, and

  • what makes a successful home-based business

The program looks fairly full on. From the documents I have, I can’t see any indication that anyone, other than maybe one person, who actually ‘does’ home based business will be speaking, so I have a slight apprehension that we may be in for a day of being lectured by ‘experts’ with lots of advice to do as they say rather than as they do. Nevertheless, I will go with as open a mind as I can to the seminar in beautiful Byron Bay on October 26 and will do a post-seminar blog or two on the day’s activities.

For a home based business owner anywhere in rural and regional Australia (or as we used to say, ‘the bush’) $22 for the day, ‘a delicious lunch’ included, is a chance to get something back for your tax dollars.

There is a downloadable pdf document, listing locations and dates for the seminar. 

Why there are no seminars for home based city folk, I don’t know and I got frustrated looking for answers on the government’s AusIndustry website, perhaps understandably: after all, the people who manage the website and the AusIndustry department officials generally are probably still trying to come to grips with this new-found political interest in home based business! Although the seminar is part of ‘The AusIndustry HBB Assistance Program’, a search on the AusIndustry site with the term ‘HBB’ gave a zero result and searching on ‘home based business’ just looped me back to the seminar series.

Give them time – we’re not going away.  

Now, if AusIndustry were blogging, or even just scanning the blogosphere, they would be picking this up on their Monday morning RSS report. I’m not holding my breath! 

And I must note here that, while I generally prefer to restrict my links to permalinks, most of the links in this post are of necessity to documents which are currently on the web but will inevitably be taken down at a date not too far in the future.

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