Starting a Business Q&A

Lisa Ormenyessy added an answer to this question
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Lisa Ormenyessy

Lisa Ormenyessy, Business Coach and Marketing Specialist at

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Hi Wajahat,   I have not experience in the HR space per sea, however like all new businesses relationships are going to be your number one referral source for now.  I would be creating some business cards and going to as many netwroking sessions as possible where I could be meeting business owners that are in need of HR advisory.  Good Luck

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Cliona Elliott

Cliona Elliott, Senior Editor at

ABN registration packages cost around $25 to $50. The plus side of applying for an ABN yourself online or via mail is that it's free, there's no cost involved whatsoever. While the process of registering an ABN is relatively straightforward, the benefit of applying through an agent is that your application will be accelerated and you'll get expert advice on things like ABN eligibility and any other questions you have. 

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Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

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Before I could really weigh in on this topic I would need to know more information to really be able to help.

For example:

  • Why specific types of IT service will you be providing?
  • Are you aimed at small business in general or focusing on an industry (health care, financial, retail, etc.)?
  • How are you positioning yourself (trusted partner, security experts, general IT needs)?

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Mark Reisinger

Mark Reisinger, Owner at

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At the heart of any online directory is a database, so having something that is easy to load business listings from both the operator and user perspective is imperative.

You could technically start with a small, standard website, create a sign-up form and manually load listings, however this ...  Continue Reading
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Yee Trinh

Yee Trinh, Cofounder at

You need experience having some guts. If you're easily scared, don't do it. 

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Steve Gray

Steve Gray, Director at Gray Capital Investments

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Nearly 36 years ago I got started in a design and T shirt printing business. I got talked into it by a mate, he had the gift of the gab I had the 'technical' skills. After a couple of years I took the business name, he took most of the gear.

We didn't get far, drank a LOT of wine, ...  Continue Reading
Yee Trinh

, Cofounder at

Unfortunately, most of us have had a similar business partner story hey.. Looks like you're doing well now though! Don't work with mates or family is the lesson I've learned, rightly or wrongly. 

Some great tips there btw. Agree with all of them..

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Jane Jones

Jane Jones, Manager at SavvySME

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There are many online tools for creating online courses. You have to make sure your material is what your audience is after - that there is a demand for it.  @Jef Lippiatt Would you have any advice you could offer Petra on how to get started and how to structure her online course so it is successful.

Stuart Reynolds added an answer to this question
Stuart Reynolds

Stuart Reynolds, Partner at

As Deb said it depends on the owner.
A turn-key business might be had by purchasing the franchise but there will be still a lot of work in getting up to speed with the systems.
Your own startup may work just as well by modelling what is best practice initially and then listening to and evolving your business around your particular client base.

Brian Dorricott added an answer to this question
Brian Dorricott

Brian Dorricott, Business Specialist at

HI, I ran a Business Angel network for two years and there are specific things that Business Angels look for in a potential investment. That you have proven demand and means that you are ahead of your competition for their attention. To give you advice about the next step from what you have written is a challenge, however my first questions are:
- How have you proven the demand? How mnay have you sold?
- How big is the potential market? Does it have international potential?
- What problem are you solving for your customers?
- Who are your competitors?

I hope this helps,