Ideas and doing research
Wondering if you can start a business? Here’s what you need to know about the best business ideas and where to start.
Your business idea is clearly inspired. But it helps to check you’re not the only one who thinks so.
Your business structure can affect how much tax you pay, and how you're treated by the law.
Freelancing on top of your regular job can be a great way to earn extra cash while doing something you love. Here’s how.
Setting up your business
Now that you’ve decided to take the plunge, here’s what you need to do next when registering a business.
Thousands of new businesses open every day. If all those people can do it, why not you? Here’s what to do, and when.
It’s time to run some numbers on your business idea. Budgeting and forecasting help with that.
Need finance for your business? Learn about the types of finance, approaching lenders and investors and more.
If you’re running or plan to run a small business, you’ll probably need to know how to get an ABN.
After all the excitement of deciding to start a business, you’ll have some paperwork to do.
Writing a business plan will help nail down your idea and give you a blueprint for executing it.
Download a business plan template and start bringing your ideas to life. Choose a one-pager, or multi-pager.
Finding and selling to customers
The next crucial step is promoting your business and starting to sell your goods and services.
Your inventory is one of the most important purchases you’ll make. It’s the reason you’re in business.
When a customer asks for a quote, they're giving you a golden opportunity. Here's how to make the most of price quotes.
Simple customer relationship management (CRM) software can help the efficiency of your small business. Let’s see how.
Treat your website like an online version of a storefront. It’s the first impression for many customers and prospects.
Getting paid and paying others
So you’ve sold your product or service, now how do you make sure you get paid so you can pay your bills?
Looking for help on making and sending invoices and getting them paid? Check out these tips on the art of invoicing.
Download the web’s simplest invoice template and use it over and over and over again.
We asked small businesses for their top tips on getting invoices taken seriously. It starts with invoice payment terms.
Invoices are often paid late. And some aren’t paid at all. So how do you handle outstanding invoices?
Hiring employees can be time-consuming, but get it right and they’ll become your most valuable asset.
Paying your employees right is essential. It’s also a legal requirement. Let’s take a look at the payroll process.
Create a payslip for your employees in no time with this easy-to-use template.
Business accounting 101
Got sales coming in the door? Congrats! Here are resources to help you do basic accounting for your small business and track performance.
You’ve heard people talk about cash versus accrual accounting, but what is it all about? We take you through the basics.
GST-registered businesses declare how much they’ve collected and paid by completing a business activity statement (BAS).
Download a profit and loss (P&L) template for your business. And learn how Xero software can make reporting easier.
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