SHOP LOCAL: New Year, new goals for small business

SHOP LOCAL: New Year, new goals for small business

Local Business Matters

David Eaton – WA Small Business Commissioner

THE New Year provides an opportunity for a fresh start.

January and February are by far the most popular months to start a business, with many people making resolutions related to their personal or business goals.

It is interesting to understand what motivates people to start a business.

Some want to be their own boss and have a feeling of freedom and accomplishment, while others start out on their own from necessity.

Whatever the reason, before jumping straight in unprepared, it is a good idea to seek some advice and guidance first.

There’s much to consider and plan before starting your own business, so do your due diligence and prepare yourself.

Before seeking more detailed advice, we suggest everyone should attend our free two-hour ‘Starting a Business’ workshop that provides all the basic information you need.

Before you start your business, you may need various government permits and licences.

For example, even if you intend to run your business from home you will probably need to obtain permission for your local government authority.

There may also be restrictions on the location of a business depending on the type of activity you will be doing.

We encourage you to use our free online Business Licence Finder, available on our website, to generate a list of the licences, permits or codes of practice you’ll need for your specific business and location.

The top five business opportunities people searched for 2018 were:

  •        Cafés and coffee shops
  •        Fast food and takeaway food services
  •        Art and non-vocational education
  •        Online shopping
  •        Health services

Visit smallbusiness.wa.gov.au or call 13 12 49.