KixstartPractical assistance when you need it most
So, you've made the decision to start your own business! Congratulations - we wish you every success! But, now that you have decided to take this first and very significant step, there are plenty of things that you need to think about before opening the front door.
Firstly, we would certainly recommend that you visit your state government's Business web site (e.g. www.business.vic.gov.au in Victoria). These sites all include a Setting Up A Business or similar section. There is plenty of useful information about how to make sure that you have all of your bases covered - legal, financial, marketing, etc.
Secondly, we would strongly encourage you to find an accountant who can help you through the necessary steps to ensure compliance (e.g. business structures, GST registration, setting up bank accounts, etc). When selecting an accountant, we'd recommend that you speak to a friend or family member who already runs a small business - they might recommend an accountant that they have worked with. Our only advice when selecting an accountant is to make sure that they are small business specialists - you can usually find that out by visiting their web site and then taking an opportunity to confirm that specialty when making an appointment.
Once you have set the business up and identified your accountant, there are literally hundreds of things that you need to do to get the business running. And this is where Untypical Kixstart can help you. The following list is a collection of just some of the things that we have helped clients with when they were starting up:
Advertising, business networking opportunities, superannuation fund selection, business plans, marketing strategy, communications strategy, CRM selection, business procedures and policies, mission statement, vision statement, values statement, insurances (business, public liability, professional indemnity, workers compensation, income protection, building, contents), temporary staffing, permanent recruitment, market research, computers, software, servers and networks, telephone systems, mobile phones, social media strategy, POS systems, training and on-boarding programs, brochures, business cards, graphic design, post office boxes, signage, fuel cards, business development, business templates, uniforms ... and the list goes on and on.
This is by no means an exhaustive list - there is seemingly a never ending list of tasks and activities to complete before opening for business and during the early days of trading.
We have developed a checklist of some of the key tasks - please feel free to download it and use it to tick off the tasks as you complete them. You can download the checklist by right-clicking here and choosing Save As ... the list is not exhaustive but it will provide you with a good head start!