Business Info

PR Made Easy

  Public relations are important, it’s why we spend so much time and money contributing to positive PR, and why we cringe at the idea of negative PR. The truth is that a lot of skill and planning goes into a successful public relations campaign, and a big part of this...

Exporting

You can export virtually anything from Australia with a few exceptions. Excise Excise duty is a tax on the following goods produced or manufactured in Australia. alcohol – including beer, brandy, other spirits, liqueurs and certain other beverages such as...

Importing

Importing goods to sell in Australia can be a lucrative opportunity. Most goods imported into Australia are not subject to any restrictions. There are however certain obligations that must be adhered to to protect our country. You need to be aware of the customs duty,...

Website Promotion

Search Engine Optimisation This is probably the most important way you can promote your website through the Internet. Search Engine Optimisation is the placement of keywords, key phrases and meta tags throughout your website content and should be done correctly before...

Drop Shipping

  Drop shipping is the method in which products are delivered to a customer through a retailer who doesn’t actually carry the products in stock. The seller accepts payment for the order, but the customer receives the products directly from the manufacturer or...

Wholesaling

If you’re interested in buying wholesale products then you should take a look at our dropshipping page, there’s a list of reliable wholesalers there or visit SaleHoo. SaleHoo is an online wholesale directory and community for online traders, eBay sellers,...

Your Online Shop

If you’re interested is starting up a free shop using your own designs on products then you must visit CafePress! It’s all free, you just get paid a commission when your design sells! If you still want to set up your own website and your business involves...

General Website Information

Privacy Policy Small and home based businesses should have privacy policies in place concerning the collection, storage and use of data they collect through their business dealings. You can find more information on the government website Stay Smart Online The...

Succession Planning

Exiting your business can be a stressful time if you haven’t planned it. Ill health, death in the family and early retirement are all reasons people choose to leave a business quicker than they thought. Having a succession plan can greatly reduce the stress and...

Selling

There are many reasons for selling a business some of which include retirement, death or ill health, divorce, moving from the area or simply “You’ve had enough”. Whatever the reason for selling, please make sure it is the right decision and not a decision made...

Closing a Business

Sole Trader: This is the easiest structure to close. You, as the sole trader are personally responsible for all debts and liabilities accrued by the business. To cease your business you will need to: Inform clients and cancel any contracts Inform the Tax Office,...

Getting Into Shops

If you’d like to get your products into retail outlets around Australia then consider these steps. When you have all the market research evidence done and your samples are ready to present then start this process. Step 1 Firstly you will probably need to set up...

Advertising

Writing your own sales material can be a beneficial exercise and also an easy way to save money. The following tips will help you to write material worth publishing. When writing a sales letter it should follow these basic guide-lines and tips. The headline must be...

Being Green

The individual impact each business has on the environment is a personal one and the guidelines below allow you to choose what is best for your business to make it a ‘greener’ and safer place for you and the environment. Being green also cuts down the...

Legal

  Legal obligations are a part of all businesses and at some stage and you will need to consult with the appropriate legal advisor. Things to consider when starting a business will include engaging a solicitor/lawyer to help choose the right business structure for...

Taxation

When running a business in Australia whether as a sole trader, partnership, company or trust you have certain tax obligations. Meeting these obligations may involve particular registrations and accurate financial record keeping. Keeping accurate records will allow the...

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is just that – the property of your intellect that you have used in your business. This can be the design layout, your trademark, logo and product designs. This intellectual property differentiates your product from another of similar...

Business Insurance

All owners of businesses, whether large or small, at home, at the market or at the shop face a range of possible risks. Protecting your business through correct insurances is a vital part of the business risk management procedure and can possibly save you from...

Biz Planning

Once you’ve completed the feasibility study of your new business you’re ready to construct your business plan. Your business plan is an essential part of your business start up requirements. It let’s you focus on where you want your business to go and...

Biz Structure

Your business or legal structure is an important consideration when starting a business and we recommend getting advice from a qualified independent business, financial or legal advisor. Sole trader – a type of structure where the business has no separate legal...

Business Names

Choosing a business name is an important step in the business process. The name will reflect what you want others to see and know about your business. Your business name will distinguish your business in its field. It can tell people what your business does and who...

Hobby or Business

Many people start out making a few things such as children’s clothes etc and then others want them made for them and before you know it, you’re in business – or are you? That’s the question a lot of people ask themselves. Determining whether...

Common Grammar Mistakes

  Nobody is going to get excited about grammar, I know! However, it can be detrimental to your business if you get it wrong. The following examples will not only help you with the copy you are using to sell the products on your website but also in all areas where you...

Financial

Keeping accurate and regular financial records will allow you to gauge your business finances at any time and monitor your success or failure. This information gathered in these records can tell you the trends in your business cycle and let you evaluate the...

Quoting in your business

  Giving a detailed quote is an essential part of building a successful business. A simple one line quote advising what the job is going to cost doesn’t give the customer any perspective of the job options or what materials will be used in the job, etc. It...

Time Management

  There are only 24 hours in a day, true, but how come I still can’t get everything I want to do, done? Here are 7 tips to get you started. 1. Find out what your ‘time wasters’ are Track what you do each day, for a week. The activity and how much...

Website Checklist

  A basic look at your website from the other side! Does your site appear consistent in multiple browsers and mobile devices? Make sure your logo is clear and states who you are clearly. Is your logo linked to the home page. People are familiar with this system....

Want to sell your biz?

    Many of us start a website business and then for one reason or another decide to stop working it. Many people at this stage simply stop and shut down their website. This could be the wrong decision. If you have built up a good website business then it is quite...

Your Media Kit

Promotion is one of the most important aspects of owning a business and the ‘Your Media Kit’ is a step-by-step guide to setting up an online media kit for your business. An online media kit is an easy way for journalists to find out about your business and decide if...

Templates

A selection of useful business templates and links to sites which can provide further templates and assistance. Media Kit Template Journalist Email Template Press Release Template Privacy Policy Template Our policy which you are free to copy and change where needed....

The Rule of Three

Used in business, The Rule of Three is a good way to keep everything focused and simple when it comes to arranging your marketing efforts, it’s as easy as one, two, three! People find it easy to remember three things. You can use the system in many ways –...