Business Start Up Experts
As a Geelong based accounting and business advisory firm, over the years we have helped hundreds of clients navigate their way through the business start-up maze of registrations, insurances and software options. We have identified the key elements you need to address in the start-up phase and they extend way beyond your choice of business structure, accounting software and business registrations.
Before you decide on your business structure (sole trader, partnership, trust, company etc.) you need to consider asset protection, the potential admission of new partners and your eligibility for discount capital gains tax concessions. The wrong choice of accounting software can be disastrous and there are so many software options with price tags to match. While we have a preference for cloud based programs like Xero, we need to assess your business needs and level of accounting skill before we make a recommendation. With accounting software, it's not a ‘one size fits all’ approach and we still pick up clients who have been using the same software for years despite producing computerised shoebox records and paying excessive accounting fees. Part of our client brief is to help you minimise the cost of compliance and the right software is an important part of that equation.
Of course, during the start-up phase there are simple things like GST, ABN and TFN registrations to complete and if you are employing staff you also have to consider HR issues plus register for WorkCover and the Superannuation Guarantee. According to the World Bank's 2018 Doing Business Report, Australia ranked 18th out of 190 in the world for ease of starting a business, with entrepreneurs needing only two days to get a business registered and operational. However, before you start the registration process you need to assess the viability of the business which necessitates the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flows. This might mean identifying your best and worst case scenarios and potentially shelving the idea or possibly refining the product, prices or services.
Make no mistake, starting or buying a business necessitates research, risk, passion and courage but the most important ingredient is planning. Clearly, the old saying, ‘people don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan’ applies and it remains both valuable advice and a warning for people intending to start a business. A business plan that outlines the 'big picture' for your business usually incorporates a marketing plan and supporting financial projections. We can supply you with our start up expense checklist to identify all your business start-up costs and you can download a copy of this checklist from the resources section of our website. From there we help you produce revenue estimates and financial forecasts based on a number of assumptions. During this phase we play devil’s advocate by constantly asking ‘what if?’.
Over the years we have developed a number of practical tools and checklists to help clients fast track through the start-up phase. These are very useful but courtesy of the GFC, technology and the internet, the business landscape in this country has changed. Websites are the 21st century business card and depending on your target market, social media could be your most important marketing channel. The harsh reality is that enthusiasm, money, hard work, talent or a great idea is not enough to guarantee success in business. You also need to have a marketing plan and blueprint for the business.
Unfortunately many people starting or buying a business fail because they don't seek or receive the right professional advice from the outset. We are very proud of our reputation as a business start-up specialist and financial aspects aside, we enjoy helping clients with their marketing, branding, slogan, logo, website, search engine optimisation and social media strategies. Our role is to support and guide you through the process and it starts with the right advice. Having assisted so many clients in your situation you can benefit from our experience.
Thinking of Starting A Business?
We are passionate about your business success and to help you we have published a comprehensive guide titled 'Starting or Buying a Small Business'.
This 45 page booklet provides valuable information on a number of key issues that confront business start-ups including:
- Alternative Business Structures and their Taxation and Legal Aspects
- Essential Tax and Business Registrations when Starting or Buying a Business
- Employer Obligations including Superannuation, PAYG and WorkCover
- Record Keeping Requirements and Accounting Software Options
- Alternative Methods of Claiming your Motor Vehicle Expenses
- Legal Issues including Wills, Contracts and Leases
- Permits & Registrations - Council & Government
- Buying a Business or Franchise
- Preparing a Business Plan
- Key Business Insurances
- Preparing a Cash Flow Budget
- Vehicle & Equipment Finance Options
Full copies of the booklet are available from our offices.
We invite you to book a FREE, one hour introductory consultation to discuss your business needs. You'll get practical business, tax, marketing and financial advice designed to help you build your business and grow your wealth. To book a time, contact us today or complete your details in the box at the top of this page.