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Deborah Vella
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With over 10 years’ experience, Deborah practices in all aspects of property, commercial and related areas of law in both the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Deborah is a trusted legal advisor who makes astute recommendations based on practical realities and good business sense.  Importantly, she is able to realise desired outcomes in an efficient and effective manner. www.supportlegal.com.au/deborah-vella

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Asked this question - Legal

What common legal issues do small businesses often overlook?

A common legal issue for small businesses is getting their business structure right. Sometimes its really easy to just start a business without thinking about the legal structure. One thing leads to another and you end up with a mess of who owns what. This has legal risks to you and your business and also immediate tax implications. Before starting a business, you should obtain advice from a lawyer and an accountant.

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Asked this question - Intellectual Property

When do you need to trademark your business name or logo?

You'll need to trademark your business name or logo when you'd like exclusive rights to use them and be able to legally prevent others from using it. This is especially within your business area.  See more at IP Australia https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/trade-marks/understanding-trade-marks. 

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Who's best in customer service Xero, MYOB, Reckon or Saasu?

I can highly recommend Xero as they are very responsive.  Your accountant can also log in to your accounts to look over everything.

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Asked this question - Online Business

Is it necessary to have physical address for online business?

From a legal perspective, you will need to have a registered business address.  This doesn't need to be a business location where customers visit, it can be a home address.  This address will be on a publically available register so people can contact you for legal reasons.

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Asked this question - Accounting

Do you need accountants to help write business plans?

An accountant can help with their expertise, as can a lawyer.  You can write a business plan on your own but make sure to include a section where you'll obtain legal and accounting assistance to set up your business properly and also obtain ongoing legal and accounting advice throughout the lifetime of your business.  Without at least initial accounting and legal advice, you run the risk of not having your business and personal assets structured properly and end up without a business at all!

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Hazel Theocharous
Hazel Theocharous, Small Business Support Specialist at Expert VA

Asked this question - Business Growth

What is one thing every business should outsource to an expert?

Anything that you are not confident at or takes you too long to do.  Chances are that the person that you outsource it to is more experienced, more confident and can product whatever you need in a more cost effective manner.

Selling a Business

How to Organise Your Business Before Selling

For retail SMEs, organise your store arrangements and check your intellectual property arrangements and supply arrangements. For service-based SMEs, check your office space arrangements, your intellectual property arrangements, and client agreements. For general SMEs, make sure you know the ownership structure of your assets, obtain an independent business valuation, and that your business ...

Deborah Vella answered this question

Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Asked this question - Legal

What common legal issues do small businesses often overlook?

A common legal issue for small businesses is getting their business structure right. Sometimes its really easy to just start a business without thinking about the legal structure. One thing leads to another and you end up with a mess of who owns what. This has legal risks to you and your business and also immediate tax implications. Before starting a business, you should obtain advice from a lawyer and an accountant.

Deborah Vella answered this question

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Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Asked this question - Intellectual Property

When do you need to trademark your business name or logo?

You'll need to trademark your business name or logo when you'd like exclusive rights to use them and be able to legally prevent others from using it. This is especially within your business area.  See more at IP Australia https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/trade-marks/understanding-trade-marks. 

Deborah Vella answered this question

Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Asked this question - Accounting

Who's best in customer service Xero, MYOB, Reckon or Saasu?

I can highly recommend Xero as they are very responsive.  Your accountant can also log in to your accounts to look over everything.

Deborah Vella answered this question

Ananda Raj Pandey
Ananda Raj Pandey, Developer at

Asked this question - Online Business

Is it necessary to have physical address for online business?

From a legal perspective, you will need to have a registered business address.  This doesn't need to be a business location where customers visit, it can be a home address.  This address will be on a publically available register so people can contact you for legal reasons.

Deborah Vella answered this question

Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Asked this question - Accounting

Do you need accountants to help write business plans?

An accountant can help with their expertise, as can a lawyer.  You can write a business plan on your own but make sure to include a section where you'll obtain legal and accounting assistance to set up your business properly and also obtain ongoing legal and accounting advice throughout the lifetime of your business.  Without at least initial accounting and legal advice, you run the risk of not having your business and personal assets structured properly and end up without a business at all!

Deborah Vella answered this question

Hazel Theocharous
Hazel Theocharous, Small Business Support Specialist at Expert VA

Asked this question - Business Growth

What is one thing every business should outsource to an expert?

Anything that you are not confident at or takes you too long to do.  Chances are that the person that you outsource it to is more experienced, more confident and can product whatever you need in a more cost effective manner.

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