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Starting a business involves lots of details, no matter your industry. From writing an effective business plan to recognising if you have a viable business idea, there’s a lot to consider.

To help you prepare and avoid surprises, here's a concise checklist to make sure you've covered all the essential steps. 

1. Is Your Business Idea Viable?

Before diving headfirst into starting a business, it's essential to assess the viability of your idea. While your concept might seem promising, you need to analyse whether it makes practical business sense. Is there a genuine demand for your product or service? Can you generate enough profit to sustain and grow your business? These are important questions that require careful consideration.

Read more: Ever Wondered If You Could Have Your Own Startup Business?

2. Have You Registered Your Domain Name?

In today's digital age, establishing an online presence is non-negotiable. Having a website is a fundamental component of modern business. It's crucial to secure a domain name that represents your brand effectively. Delaying this step could lead to disappointment if you discover that your desired domain name has already been claimed by someone else.

3. Do You Have the Licences You Need?

Depending on your industry and the nature of your business, you may be operating in a regulated environment. In such cases, you'll likely need specific licences or permits to legally provide your services. To prevent delays in launching your business, it's wise to initiate the licensing process well in advance.

Read more: 5 Common Pitfalls That Many Startup Businesses Fall Into

4. Have You Got a Business Bank Account?

To receive payments for your products or services, having a dedicated business bank account is a prerequisite. This ensures smooth financial transactions and separation between personal and business finances. However, establishing a business bank account can be a time-consuming process, so make sure you have time up and running ASAP. 

5. Got Your Insurance Sorted?

Protecting your business from unexpected challenges is paramount. That's where business insurance comes into play. It's a crucial safety net for any business operating in Australia. Unforeseen events can disrupt your operations or even lead to financial liabilities if your actions inadvertently cause harm to others.

Get Your Business Started Without a Hitch

Starting a business can be complex, but our online training courses make it simple. Our business, retail and entrepreneurship courses offer valuable knowledge and skills to help you navigate starting a business, providing essential insights to help your start-up thrive.

With one-on-one mentoring and lifetime access to course content from wherever you are, there’s no better learning pathway.

Want to find out what it’s like to study at Online Courses Australia? Watch our Student Study Demo to get a taste of the OCA difference.

Looking for more online courses? Check out our most popular courses, or visit our expansive course library that covers more than 20 professional industries.

If you’re ready to enrol or have additional questions, reach out to us at 1300 611 404 or [email protected]. We’re here to help you take your career to the next level.

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