Lots of help available with small steps
STARTING a business is exciting and likely to be one of the biggest decisions of your life.
There are many reasons why people choose to start their own business – to leave behind a 9 to 5 job, pursue an idea or to make additional money – and sometimes it is out of necessity.
Running a small business can be challenging, especially for a first-time business owner.
However, by doing your research, seeking good advice and acquiring business knowledge before you take the plunge, you will be better equipped to run your business more efficiently and manage business risks.
There are more than 221,000 small businesses in WA, representing 97 per cent of businesses in the state.
For more than 30 years, the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has provided information, advice and support to small businesses across WA and is the only government agency that provides free, confidential services tailored to the needs of small businesses.
The SBDC has a range of resources to help get you started, including: ■ practical information on
how to start a business; ■ how to find the business licences and permits you require; ■ a range of business skills
workshops; ■ advice on commercial
leasing; and ■ free business tools and templates you can download and use. Our free and low-cost small business workshops provide practical information on how to build a successful, profitable and dynamic small business.
If you’re a new or soonto-be business owner, it’s best to start with our free two-hour ‘Starting a Business’ workshop that covers all the essentials of starting and running your own business.
Don’t miss the next Local Business Matters column, where I’ll explain the key steps to consider before starting a business.
Visit www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au or call our advisers on 13 12 49.