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Registering a business and other admin tasks

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Registering a business and other admin tasks

After all the excitement of deciding to start a business, you’ll have some paperwork to do. These first tasks as a business owner won’t be the most fun, but they’ll help keep you out of trouble with the law.

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How to register a business with the government

You have a few official steps to walk through before you’re in business:

  • Register a business name
    You must check your business name is available and register it with BizFile+

There may be other departments to speak to for things like:

Where to get help

If you’re unsure of your obligations to the government, there are people who can help. Look for industry associations for your type of business, search around for a Chamber of Commerce and other local business advocacy groups, find businesses like yours and ask the owners what regulations they have to comply with, or simply speak to a local accountant.

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This guide is intended as general information only. Always check with a professional for advice.

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