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How do I start a business?

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I want to start a business: how do I do it?

"To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything else be more fun?" Teresa Coffey, business owner, RTW.

Did you know that 96 per cent of all Australian businesses are small businesses?

Find and keep customers

Develop a marketing plan for online and offline marketing – businesses with an online presence earn $350,000 more than those who don't.

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Get financially savvy right from the start

Make sure your business is making a profit – more than 80 per cent of business failures are due to cashflow issues.  

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Researching and planning: is it worth it?

Writing a business plan is a great way to refine the goals and ambitions of your business. Review it every six months – it should evolve based on your experiences and failures.

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Spend time on what matters the most

We make it easier for you to manage your registration, licensing and compliance needs – freeing you to spend time on your business.

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Should I hire staff?

Be organised and clear about the tasks you want your staff to complete – find out what options are available before you start hiring.  

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