Small Business Corner
Congratulations! You’re starting your own business; or trying to… or at least thinking about it. There are so many possibilities ahead but also, a lot of responsibility. It’s both exciting and daunting all at the same time. And so, it’s important to plan for your new small business and take advantage of as many resources as possible every step of the way. Even selecting the name for your new small business can be tricky, so it’s important to check if your new small business name has already been taken.
To get started with your small business there are several key areas to prepare accordingly. Consider the following:
The more details you can acquire for every aspect of your business will help you to have a fully fleshed out small business plan which will act as your guidebook as you go about each new step of your business journey. Use the template at MyBizPlan App via business.gov.au to help you on your way to creating a solid business plan.
What capital and key resources will you need to operate effectively? Will you need an initial outlay to pay for computers, vehicles, furniture or supplies? Have you fully budgeted to account for all initial costs, loans or rent, and regular payments like utilities, supplies etc.?
Have you considered how you will first market your business? Are you utilising social media, such as LinkedIn, effectively to create business connections? Will you utilise television, radio or outdoor advertising? Need a hand with a marketing plan too? There’s an app for that as well. MarketMyBiz App via business.gov.au
Do you need to secure a loan to pay for a lease? What sort of location is best for your business?
Will you be running your new business completely solo or will you need other employees from the beginning? Have you reviewed the relevant legal and tax documentation for paying employees? Will your employees be full time, part time or casual employees or even sub-contractors? Do you know the difference?
Have you examined the state of your business sector? Who are your competitors and what’s something new that you can offer? Are there any economic predictions for your business area? For example, the transport and logistics sector is expecting exceptional growth over the next 25 years.
You may not have the capital, networks or know-how to pull together all of the professional resources and advice you need from day one, so we’re here to help you with a couple of handy weblinks and apps that may point you in the right direction while you find your way.
Reduce your risk by knowing who you’re doing business with.
Taking the plunge by starting a small business in Australia for the first time since coming abroad? The Australian Trade and Investment Commission may be a great place for you to start. Gain an understanding of investing in Australia, setting up your own business, and employing people in Australia.
It’s important to ensure your employees are paid correctly, on time and at the correct rate. It’s important also to be aware of any other benefits they are entitled to, such as sick leave or overtime.
If you’re interested in stories and learning from other small business owners, or bits of advice from those in the know, here are a few websites and blogs that may be of interest to you:
Dr Greg Chapman, author of The 5 Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success, runs the Australian Small Business Blog to share his wealth of small business knowledge with those who need it most – for free!
Get independent, practical and free business, banking and finance advice from this industry not-for-profit. They aren’t brokers, nor do they accept advertising fees or on-sell your data. Best of all - every resource on this website is free for you to use.
This award-winning news and opinion site on workplace health and safety is as informative as it is interesting. Keep up-to-date with daily alerts or visit the site and search through articles and news pieces relevant to your topic of interest or situation.
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Gillian Bristow | Small Business Corner
Whether you’re a new business owner, a contractor thinking of becoming an employee, or an employee thinking of becoming a contractor it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself in for. The difference between an employee and independent contractor is based on many different factors, such as degree of control over work performed, hours of work, expectations, risk, and benefits, and can have massive legal implications if unclear or dealt with wrongly.
An employee is employed by a company in a part-time or full-time capacity under a contract agreed upon before commencing work. Some common indicators of someone being an employee are:
Comparatively, a subcontractor is a firm or person that has a contract with a contractor to provide some portion of the work or services on a project which the contractor has agreed to perform. Some common indicators of someone being a subcontractor are:
Learn more about contractors & their rights and responsibilities here.
What's the difference and why does it matter? We asked our expert, Gillian Bristow, to explain things from an employer's perspective and some legal considerations to keep in mind! Gillian is a lawyer with 25 years practice in the transport sector, helping transport clients in relation to all aspects of their businesses, including negotiating contracts with clients, agents, suppliers and subcontractors and assisting with tender submissions. Here’s some things she thinks you need to know.
Whether you’re running your own subcontracting business, or are a business using subcontractors, it pays to know where you stand. Contract laws in Australia changed recently. Whether you’re a business owner, employee, or contractor, learn more about contract terms and what’s considered unfair if you’re involved in transport.
How confident are you with the differences between employees and sub-contractors? Still not sure? Drop us a line in the Truck Assist Club forums, or comment below, if you've got any more questions we can put to Gillian!
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