Starting a business

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

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Make sure you're ready to start. Find out what's involved, and analyse your business idea.
A business plan is a key part of starting a business. Get a business plan template to help you create yours.
Find out what a business structure is and which one will suit your business idea.
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.
Find out how to set up your business tax to meet your obligations – from GST and PAYG to payroll tax and preparing for audits.
What you should consider when looking for the right business location and premises.

Industry guides to starting a business in NSW

Follow our step-by-step guides to help you start a business in one of these industries in NSW.


Get personalised advice on starting a business

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Take the first step towards starting up and attend a range of events or webinars to help evaluate your business idea.
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Business Connect provides practical business advice and skills training from independent advisors with experience in starting a business.
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Speak with a Business Concierge to get information about support available to you as a new business, and relevant regulatory requirements for your industry.

Renee Lindley, business owner of Wren Store and Styling

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Watch real-life stories of NSW businesses getting their start with help from Business Connect's independent and experienced advisors.

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