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Cath Young is the founder of homewares business My Bearded Pigeon.

She designs and prints fabric, sews it into cushions and wall hangings and then sells them from home to people across the world via online market place Etsy.

Young, who lives in Bellingen NSW has run her Etsy shop since 2010.

“Seven years on, My Bearded Pigeon now brings in around $80,000 a year, employs a seamstress part time and pays my husband Neil for some of the administration tasks,” Ms Young said.

According to Ms Young Etsy was the ideal place for anyone wanting to start a business.

“The outlay is tiny and your shop can grow with you. You can add items at your leisure and if you are going on holidays you can put your shop in vacation mode. Etsy charges a very small commission of 3.5% and only if you sell something; they don’t make money unless we do,” Ms Young said.

“There are currently 1.6 million shops on Etsy and 24 million buyers looking, favouriting and buying what you have to sell. Etsy is the perfect place to sell what you make and reach a global audience, all from home.”

Ms Young will be a keynote speaker at the inaugural Creative Industries Forum – The Business of Being Creative.

To be held at the newly opened Slim Dusty Centre next week this full day forum is tailored to assist local creatives in the business-side of their endeavours.

This event will run on Tuesday 24 May at the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey from 9am to 6pm.

To find out more information visit: www.etcltd.com.au/creativeindustriesforum or contact Marilyn Breen, ETC Business Advisor, Kempsey on 0417 201 794 or Kevin Riddell, Business Programs Manager in Coffs Harbour on 0408 128 496.



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