SHOP LOCAL: David Eaton’s tips on starting your small business in Perth

David Eaton
David Eaton

WA Small Business Commissioner and Small Business Development Corporation CEO David Eaton has joined the Community News team to share tips on how to ensure the success of your small business.

Starting a business is exciting and likely to be one of the biggest decisions of your life.

There are many reasons why people choose to start their own business – to leave behind a nine-to-five job, pursue an idea or to make additional money – and sometimes it is out of necessity.

Running a small business can be challenging, especially for a first-time business owner.

However, by doing your research, seeking good advice and acquiring business knowledge before you take the plunge, you will be better equipped to run your business more efficiently and manage business risks.

There are more than 221,000 small businesses in WA representing 97 per cent of all business in the state.

For more than 30 years, the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has provided information, advice and support to small businesses across WA and is the only government agency that provides free, confidential services tailored to the needs of small businesses.

The SBDC has a range of resources to help get you started including:

  •        practical information on how to start a business;
  •        how to find the business licences and permits you require;
  •        a range of business skills workshops;
  •        advice on commercial leasing; and
  •        free business tools and templates you can download and use.

Our free and low-cost small business workshops provide practical information on how to build a successful, profitable and dynamic small business.

If you’re a new or soon-to-be business owner, it’s best to start with our free two-hour ‘Starting a Business’ workshop that covers all the essentials of starting and running your own business.

Don’t miss the next ‘Local Business Matters’ column where I’ll explain the key steps to consider before starting a business.

For more on starting and running a business visit or contact one of our experienced business advisers on 13 12 49.