Congratulations on starting your business!
Getting Help and Support – No matter how years of experience you might have under your belt, starting-up a business is a big challenge. You need to gather as much information as possible. The more you know about your business; your industry, the market where you product or service is going to be sold at, the more chances your business is going to be a success. Always remember that information is knowledge and knowledge is power. Those who have power always make it; do your best to be one of them.
Getting help and support for your start-up business
As Maya Angelou famously said, “No, nobody but nobody can make it out here alone.” You need help especially at the beginning and seeking advice and support is a mark of intelligence because only fools try to reinvent the wheel. In Australia, this part is well covered by the Australian government as well as some other organizations that offer a wide range of services to support you with your start-up business. These services include, but not limited to; training, obtaining funding, managing cash flow … etc.
A few places to start with:
- https://www.business.gov.au/contact-us (e-mail, web chat and phone)
- https://www.becaustralia.org.au/ (BEC, Business Enterprise Centers, Australia)
- http://www.indigenous.gov.au/ (ICCs, Indigenous Coordination Centers)
- http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/ (Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development)
- https://www.ag.gov.au/LegalSystem/Pages/Accesstojustice.aspx(Attorney-General’s Department)
It is also crucial that you don’t get yourself isolated. To know what is taking place around you, you must put yourself out there. In other words, go out and see other people in your industry and what they are doing. Ask them what worked for them and what you should avoid. You would be amazed how many people will be willing to help.
A good way to do this is by attending networking events which should help you expand your business. As you know, people do business with those they like and trust. Continue to connect with new people in your industry because this alone will help you keep yourself up to date on the industry and local information which might make all the difference between a successful business and a complete failure.
Getting Help and Support – For networking; https://www.business.gov.au/events
You should also attend small business workshops and seminars which usually are run regularly in most areas of Australia. Those seminars and workshop help start-up businesses with planning, financial management, innovation, employing staff…etc. These seminars will help you learn key skills from other business.
For small seminars; http://www.business.gov.au/advice-and-support/directory/Pages/default.aspx
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting help and support at the beginning of your business journey. As we explained above, there are plenty of free resources to help you answer all of your inquiries and offer you advice, training and assistance.
We wish you the best of luck with your venture.
Make sure you follow our step by step guide, helping you to make the right choices.
Part One - Business Startup Australia – Introduction Part Three - Business Startup Australia: Business Structure Part Four - Business Startup Australia: Business Plan Part Five - Business Startup Australia: Obtaining Finance Part Six - Business Startup Australia: Registering Your Business Part Seven - Business Startup Australia: Registering Business Name Part Eight - Business Startup Australia: Understanding Australian Taxes Part Nine - Business Startup Australia: Home-based Business Part Ten - Business Startup Australia: Online Business Part Eleven - Business Startup Australia: Employing People Part Twelve - Business Startup Australia: Workplace Health & Safety Part Thirteen - Business Startup Australia: Online Marketing Part Fourteen - Business Startup Australia: Securing Your Online Business Part Fifteen - Business Startup Australia: Importing Part Sixteen - Business Startup Australia: Exportation