Free Business Resources
Whether starting a new business or looking to improve your current business there is a wealth of business material available both professionally packaged for a fee or free via various organisations. Below are a few of the free resources available.
Business Victoria – is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business.
business.gov.au – offers you simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services you need. It’s a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.
Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) – BEC Australia is a national network of Business Enterprise Centres, which offer business advice and support to small and micro businesses. There is a branch in Horsham.
Consumer Affairs – Part of the Department of Justice, helps you become aware of your rights and responsibilities as a consumer or trader.
Australian Taxation Office – Have a great deal of resources outlining your obligations in regard to the Australian taxation system.
Legal Advice – The Commonwealth Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources have a free internet based legal guide at http://sblegal.industry.gov.au
Industry & Network Groups
Australian Industry Group – provides practical information, advice and assistance to help members run their businesses more effectively. There are free resources available on their website without needing to become a member.
Mentoring Programs – There are a number of mentoring programs about, many supported or provided free through Government funding. Check online for details.
If you have access to a computer and the internet then there is a huge amount of business resources available online with free articles, checklists, calculators, blogs and short videos. A couple worth looking into include: ‘Dynamic Small Business Network’, ‘My Business’ and ‘Kochie’s Business Builders’. If you can’t find relevant articles on any of these sites, don’t worry as there are dozens more just like them.
Business Licence Information Service – These operate in each State, they advise as to what sort of permit, licence or registration your business will need. (www.bli.net.au)
Banks – in today’s highly competitive market all the major banks now offer a range of businesses services. Check out their website or talk to your bank manager for further details.
Business coach or consultant – Yes, most will offer the first appointment free. Don’t expect to walk away from the appointment with a list of answers but they will usually give you some general guidance. Sign up to their newsletter or check out their website for free business articles and tools.
Network with other business owners – everyone needs a little advice at sometime, ask and you will be surprised just how generous other business owners are with their time if you show an interest!
Richard Kemp – Watts Price Accountants
The advice provided on this Article is general advice only. It has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.