Starting a business

Things to consider before starting your business and the steps you need to take to get your business up and running.

Before you start

Make sure you're ready to start. Find out what's involved, and analyse your business idea.

Develop your business plan

A business plan is a key part of starting a business. Get a business plan template to help you create yours.

Choose a business structure

Find out what a business structure is and which one will suit your business idea.

Registering your business

Depending on your business structure, you may need to get an Australian Business Number (ABN) and register your business name before you can start trading.

Setting up business tax

Find out how to set up your business tax to meet your obligations – from GST and PAYG to payroll tax and preparing for audits.

Find business premises

What you should consider when looking for the right business location and premises.

Start or grow a business in NSW

The Service NSW Business Bureau provides free, ongoing and personalised support for every stage of your business. You can: 

  • talk to a Business Concierge over the phone, in person or online 

  • get independent advice from a Business Connect advisor 

  • manage government transactions with a Business Profile. 

Find out more
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