Starting a small business has a lot in common with the opening moves in a game of chess. To be successful you have to get the opening moves right.
The Right Mental Attitude is so Important
Having an optimistic outlook is helpful, and you should spend some time researching and understanding your market.
You also need some luck, as the harsh reality is that passion, enthusiasm, talent or great ideas do not on their own guarantee success.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has indicated for many years that 42 percent of new businesses last less than three years.
A lot of these businesses would have avoided a lot of heartache, and tears, if they had sought sound assistance and advice from the outset.
Strangely enough this can be an anxious and uncertain time, yet it is exciting at the same time.
Remember to think with your head, and not your heart, and keep your emotions under control.
There is an old cliche and truism which says "People don't plan to fail, they just fail to plan." This represents powerful, and well meant advice for people embarking upon creating a business.
A plan should contain your goals, a market analysis, a marketing plan, and a Cash flow budget.
You will then be better placed to blueprint your progress, in your early days, and to raise money in this difficult environment.
You may choose to:
start from scratch,
buy an existing business,
buy a franchise.
Each of these options has its own associated issues.
The Business Structure:
The structure you choose can effect:
whether you need to register your business,
the safety of your assets,
the continuity of the business when sold further on
your future tax position.
Other areas that should also be considered are:
Permits & Registrations
Claiming Motor Vehicle Expenses
Vehicle & Equipment Finance Options
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The importance of good business records:
There are many reasons for keeping excellent to good records, including the fact that it is a legal requirement.
By law you have to keep business records for a minimum of five year after the taxation returns have been prepared, plus records must be in English, in Australian dollars and be in a form that the taxation office can review in order to assess your tax liability.
Accurate Financial Information is Really Important
The higher the quality of records kept,
+ more frequently produced accounting reports,
= the bigger the business survival rate.
Accounting Software For Small Business
One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make is that they purchase accounting software beyond their business needs and level of accounting skill.
Using complicated software often does lead to considerable frustration, and records that amount to nothing more than a 'computerized shoebox'. Such accounts are very expensive to process.
With so many software options available it is easy to become confused. They range in functionality and sophistication with a price tag to match. To assist you we provide the following guidelines:
If you don't understand double entry accounting, (i.e. debits, credits and journal entries), then avoid Rolls Royce accounting programs.
If you need to use such a program then consider taking a training course, at a local TAFE, that runs for around 14-20 hours at a cost of around $350.
This is money well spent and is tax deductible, if you go on and start your business.
Banklink. A viable option for busy people who hate book work!
If you do not like accounting or book keeping we can provide you with our Banklink service at a very reasonable price per month.
Banklink uses your transaction details to produce books by virtual remote control. Read more here.
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We can Help You Choose the Right Software
Don't buy software beyond your business needs.
If you don't need inventory or a fully integrated general ledger system then don't buy a 'Mercedes Ute' when you only need a 'Toyota Ute.'
Your software should be compatible with our general ledger system to allow easy transfer of electronic data. This can save time, money and assist with meeting the various lodgement deadlines.
Let's briefly have a look at one of the simplest and most popular accounting software programs in Australia.
If you simply need a 'cashbook' program to track your receipts, payments and GST we strongly recommend Cashflow Manager.
Cashflow Manager looks and operates like a manual cashbook complete with a spreadsheet or column layout and it requires no understanding of accounting, debits, credits or journal entries.
At around $297 it represents excellent value for money. The program provides business templates that will get your books set up. The templates automatically establish columns for certain business types.
Reconciling your bank account(s) is also very simple. If you have internet banking you can download your bank statements and import the data to save even more time.
You can have multiple bank accounts in a single business,and the comprehensive reports both explain your business results, and make preparation of your BAS very easy.
Cashflow Manager includes the debtors side of 'Invoice Manager' that both lets you generate Tax Invoices, and track your debtors (customers who owe you money) plus it will produce Customer Statements.
If you have staff you can add 'Wages Manager' for an additional $300.
Wages Manager is terrific value and once set up is incredibly simple to operate.
Wages Manager allows you to process pays, print pay slips, produce Annual PAYG Payment Summaries, and also track staff entitlements.
Periodic updates are produced to allow you to keep up with income tax table alterations.
Let Us Help You to Turn Your Business Idea into Reality.
The preceding are a few of the items you need to consider before plunging into business.
If you have a good idea for a new business venture but don't have expertise in the legal or financial aspects of creating a new business.
We can help you to:
Prepare a business plan, cash flow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts.
Assess your finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance, and draw up the necessary proposals.
Establish a good working relationship with your bank.
Register for an Australian Business Number with the ATO.
If necessary, complete registration procedures with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Deal with any company secretarial issues.
Set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements.
And train you in the use of your accounting software.
So, if you are looking to start a business, and are looking for friendly, personalized service, then come and talk to us about our comprehensive 45 page booklet, 'Starting or Buying a Small Business'.
The booklet is a valuable resource available to clients and
explores all the key issues
such as alternative business structures,
GST and tax registrations,
employing staff and
preparing a business plan and cash flow budget.
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Last updated Tuesday 12th February 2013
© Peter Mulcahy 2009
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