If you're creating your own business, then we can support you to get started.
What’s the program all about?
The Work My Own Way program has a number of activities including coaching, workshops and meetups. All of these activities are standalone, meaning that you don’t have to commit to a full program.
Instead you can pick which activities you want to participate in and stack these together to create your own program tailored to your individual journey.
Who is it for?
The program is for anyone who wants to become self-employed. Whether you want to become a freelancer, a small business owner or startup founder, we’re here to give you the confidence and skills to get your business off the ground.
These Gippsland businesses are Work My Own Way Ambassadors. Watch their video stories to see how you too can Work My Own Way.
Julie Grant - Kenney's Flowers Warragul, VIC
Julie has always loved flowers and what they represent and had the opportunity 10 years ago to turn her passion into a business. She's become a one-stop-shop handling all aspects of the business including accounts, customer service, inventory, social media, and recent digital transformation into online sales.
Shaun Little - The Window Guy SALE, VIC
Shaun wanted a job that was not only flexible, but that helped him develop key social skills that he felt he needed to succeed in business. He's been self employed for over 15 years and become expert at how to self motivate and achieve goals, no matter how ambitious they might seem.
Kerryn Vaughan & Nicky Williams - Girls With Hammers SALE
Kerryn is a powerhouse when it comes to supporting women. She started Girls with Hammers in 2018 with the aim of helping women realise their own power and strength through mentoring, workshops and books.
What support is available?
The Work My Own Way program includes a range of different activities that can be stacked together to support your individual journey. All of the activities are standalone, meaning that you can dial up or down the support as you need it.
THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
Skill-building workshops: Hands-on workshops that will give you practical and tangible tools that you can apply to your business or idea straight away.
Meetups: Informal social events that allow you to connect with like-minded others and build your support network.
Mentoring events: where you can connect to multiple local Gippsland business leaders to get different perspectives and support on your biggest challenges.
Business coaching: 1:1 coaching sessions with our in-house business expert who can give you feedback and advice for your specific idea or business.
Professional services 1:1: Bookable one-on-one sessions with professional service experts such as lawyers, marketers and accountants.
This program is fully funded and there is no cost to participate.
THE WORLD OF WORK IS CHANGING. MORE ARE MORE PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO BECOME SELF-EMPLOYED BECAUSE OF THE FLEXIBILITY AND AUTONOMY THIS TYPE OF WORK PROVIDES.
We exist to help people fulfil their dream of becoming self-employed. Whether you want to turn your hobby into a business, want to create your own flexible job or want a fresh start after leaving the workforce, we want to help you succeed.
The Work My Own Way program is part of the Entrepreneurship Facilitator Service by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.
The program is delivered by local social enterprise GippsTech.
An initiative funded by the federal Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Entrepreneurship Facilitation Service and is being managed and delivered by local social enterprise, GippsTech.
Our base of operations is in Warragul at The Herd Coworking space, enter off Napier Street. The offices have formal and informal meeting space, hot-desks, and more permanent options for people aiming to move their business out of home.