I am an HR Consultant and have 15 years of core HR experience but all of this experience has been outside Australia. I need to start my HR advisory business here in Perth, where I have recently...
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
How much does it cost to apply for an an ABN with a registered agent versus doing it yourself?
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.
I'm looking to start an IT company. Has anyone opened a similar business and can share their advice? What are key considerations, pitfalls to avoid, etc?
Before I could really weigh in on this topic I would need to know more information to really be able to help.
I need information regarding starting a directory website. Does anyone have any advice they can share?
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 would get tedious very quickly. You probably also need a way to filter information into groups, so there are better ways to go about this.
1. If you are prepared to do some of the initial heavy lifting, and are familiar with WordPress, then some of the best vaue options can be found via template services such as Themeforest. This type of site allows you to peruse designs and buy ready-made WordPress directory theme templates.
2. To get something running sooner, plus have the benefit of support and other marketing tools, a proprietary tool is probably the way to go. With this type of setup, you pay a licence or subscription fee of some sort which gives you access to that vendor's tools and training.
In the long run this can save you time and money, but just be aware that there will still be a learning curve. Online directories have a lot of moving parts, including signup (forms, categories, payment gateways, email automations etc), and then self-management and marketing tools for listers.
The next thing to consider, is how you are going to monetise your directory. As there are a lot of directories already on the market, how are you going to stand out from the crowd or add value to your subscribers?
You could offer free listings and get paid for advertising, or you could offer a host of services that help those other businesses get found and charge a subscription fee. Its only limited by your imagination. Good luck with your journey!
Who here has a dance studio? Can you share any advice on how to start and run a successful dance studio business? What do you wish you'd known prior to starting?
Do you need to be an expert in some area? Or just have a passion? Or be a jack of all trades?
Share your experience in starting your business. Were there any hurdles?
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, spirits and beer, chatting about what to do next, planning, more chatting and actually not doing much else.
We printed some T shorts and tried to seel them at a Sunday market. I gave many more away than I sold, my friends loked fab in the trendy wincheaters we produced. :)
In the end he didn't do too much and I ended up doing some graphic designs and I got paid, he did nothing so he got nothing... He didn't know I got paid :) It ws all good in the end, other friends said "I told you so!"
I have stareted a bunch of businesses since then learning more along the way. If I was talking to myself all those years back I would probably say this...
- Get smart about marketing, in fact LEARN all you can about it...
- Know your target market, we didn't have a clue.. even at the end! :)
- Systems, policies and procedures rock.
- Create an asset you can sell, even if you don't sell it.
- Create a decent agreement amongst partners.
- Figure out your strengths and weaknesses and work on both!
- Createa plan you can act on...
Business is tough at the moment and with my clinic closed, I am looking to diversify my business into an online option to create passive income. Does anyone have any advice on how to start an online...
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.
For small mobile businesses such as dog grooming, car detailing, etc, would you say a franchise or independent startup business is a better option?
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.
I was wondering about the best way to get (small, less than $100K) funding for a new business? There is a complete business plan and proven demand, so I was thinking that Angel investor may be the...
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,