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Jacqui Pryor

Jacqui Pryor, Director at

I would suggest the very first legal 'issue' to consider is the actual structure of your new business. Changing structures down the track can be tricky and costly so best to get it right at the start! Usually an accountant or solicitor can help determine the best structure for you and ensure personal ...  Continue Reading
Fleur Leong

, Director at

Thanks for the question and answer, Phil & Jacqui. This is what I wanted to know for my startup business. Jacqui - what area of expertise would I look for in a solicitor to set up these contracts? eg. is it a Corporate Lawyer?

Katherine Hawes added an answer to this question
Katherine Hawes

Katherine Hawes, Solicitor at

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Get your legals and financials in place first.  The structure of your business is most important along with contracts for your business, so liability is clear.  The other parts of your business maybe more exciting or interesting but if you don't get the basics right you wont have a business for long. 

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Hatty Bell

Hatty Bell, Community Manager at

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Cliona Elliott

Cliona Elliott, Senior Editor at

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There are so many business software options nowadays, and choosing the right tools can really help you elevate your startup business from the get-go.

Below are some of the best business software solutions which are great for both small startups and larger businesses:

1. Trello - awesome ...  Continue Reading
Jane Jones

, Manager at SavvySME

I also use Trello, Asana and Hootsuite - love them all. Have you used Active Campaign? 

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Brian Dorricott

Brian Dorricott, Business Specialist at

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Good question.

I would suggest you ask why you want to go into an accelerator before deciding which are best. Different accelerators have very different sylabus (some have none) and therefore the outcomes are very varied. In addition, some accelerators ask for equity in your company which you ...  Continue Reading
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Maria Harutyunyan

Maria Harutyunyan, SEO Editor at

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Good to know about Ozbargain. Nowadays, many entrepreneurs start a business without programming experience and background. For one, the skill can be learned if they have the drive. And another reason is the abundance of local and overseas programmers available. In this growing gig economy, you can easily hire app developers, website programmers, UX designers to build the product you need.

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Lisa Ormenyessy

Lisa Ormenyessy, Business Coach and Marketing Specialist at

Hi Andrew,  If you are in Australia then the BEC's (Business Enterprise Centres) are a good resource.  They have business advisors on staff that will meet with you and advise you on what free resources are available.  I would also try googling strings such as 'shoestring start-ups'  'free business resources' etc.  Good Luck!

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Steve Osborne

Steve Osborne, director at Stephen Roger Osborne

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Not an easy question to answer, Richard. But if you get really stuck, there are marketing consultants and identity firms whose job it is to do this.
You will want your business name to: help you stand out from your competition; provide recognition for your company, and; steer potential clients toward ...  Continue Reading
Jef Lippiatt added an answer to this question
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Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

Great question James. I still work full-time on top of my several ventures.

Ideas for part-time work:

  • Freelancing - provide services you know on a freelance or contract basis. This can work great for business advice, design work, PR, social media management, copy writing, blogging
  • Waiting tables, Bar Tending or Barista - these jobs typically have fairly good flexibility for hours and times if you need to work around business meetings or such.

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Steven Freeman

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When it is making a profit to a degree that you're happy with and it is meeting its purpose in your head. Success is a state of mind and not necessarily a case of comparing to others or what others think.

With that said it is almost a never ending journey, so its not a point you reach and you're done.

Jef Lippiatt

, Owner at Startup Chucktown

Great answer Steven. James, you must always measure success on your terms. What do you feel are indicators of success for your business? Making any profit? Hitting a specific revenue number? How many people you've been able to hire? The responses you get from clients? Make your success personal, otherwise you'll constantly be chasing what other people tell you is successful.