New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS, 2019) show that the number of Australian businesses increased, as fewer businesses ceased trading this financial year compared to last year. Australia now has more than 2.4 million business trading, as of 2018-2019.
The following are my brief tips from my or other’s experiences in business, here in Australia. The decision to start my first business here in Australia took place in my laundry. This was several years ago and still living in Brisbane at the time. Having started 2 businesses, and one association has been an exciting journey, and I have certainly learned more than I ever thought was possible. I have been fortunate to have met amazing people who helped me along the way; to you, I say THANK YOU! Let me make a start with the TIPS…
If you are a new immigrant, you should allow yourself adequate time to adjust to and learn about how things work in Australia. Don’t rush into starting- or buying a business. You do not know what you do not know. Take time to prepare a business plan, cash flow projection or budget. Make sure you get at least one due diligence done when buying a business.
Empower yourself with as much information as you can lay your hands upon. Check the facts for yourself, do not rely upon what you read on the internet or social media. Australia provides fabulous free opportunities for growth and assistance to small business owners. Contact your local council, and university and visit your local library where you will find useful information relating to free initiatives to assist small business owners.
Join local networking groups and attend their gatherings initially, to learn how things are done. Focus on building relationships with local business people. There are free networking groups, and you do not need to own a business to attend these. Research on Eventbrite, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Meet Up to find a group that suits your needs.
These are some of the questions one should consider, before starting a business. Which questions would you ask?
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