Starting a side-hustle in a recession

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Feeling safe from a recession? Or not so sure? Scott Morrison predicts one million jobs, or around five per cent of the workforce, will be lost. So, what can you do? Diving back into history we will workshop ways to reduce the impact of recession and concentrate on the benefits of a side-hustle for reducing risk. We’ll examine a strategy for finding potential side-hustles and then quick, low-cost ways to test whether the idea can work.


  • what a recession looks like and what can you expect
  • how to reduce the impact of a recession on your family
  • how to solve common problems through a side-hustle
  • cost-effective ways to test an idea’s values.

This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. You will receive the link 48 hours prior to the workshop’s start time.

Attendees will be awarded a digital Certificate of Attendance.

For ACU students

Did you know this workshop can count towards your ACU Leadership Program Certificate? More information about the Leading With Impact Program can be found here:

More information about the specific Tier 1 Bronze level activities offered by ACU Collaborate Plus is available at the following link:

About the presenter

Brian Dorricott has taken 50 teams through ON, Australia’s national science and technology accelerator run by the CSIRO. He has first-hand experience as an engineer, serial founder and entrepreneur. Brian has founded two companies: Gordano in 1994 (exit to MBO, 217 times return on investment), which provided messaging software that was used by 13,200 companies including the US Army, IBM and Telstra, and an internet security company (sold to Cisco, 50 times return on investment).

Subsequently, Brian ran an angel network reviewing 235 companies, presenting 23 to business angels, resulting in $11 million in investments for 11 companies, including $2 million from local angels. He left his role as the Entrepreneur in Residence at SETSquared (the world’s leading university incubator) to facilitate and lead individuals and teams through the process of maximising their innovation impact, both for themselves and Australia.

About the program

The Launch Plus Incubator Program is a series of workshops hosted by ACU Collaborate Plus, Australian Catholic University’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

The series is designed to take you on a journey through the key stages of starting a business, or simply further your entrepreneurial skills to take advantage of future opportunities. Attend the full program for maximum benefits or choose specific workshops relevant to you and your aspirations.

Workshop topics include:

  • design thinking
  • developing and testing your business idea
  • identifying your target market
  • starting a side-hustle in a recession
  • business legal basics
  • digital marketing
  • setting up an online store.

Find event details for all workshops.

Supported by the NSW Government Boosting Business Innovation Program.

NSW Department of Industry

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