01/23/2017 at 07:31. Facebook
Looking to take your business to China?

Any time you’re considering entering an overseas market, protecting your Intellectual Property (IP) should be top of mind! To help you navigate the Chinese IP system, our friends at IP Australia - Official have developed a useful information pack.

Check out our latest news article to find out more about these resources.

Looking to take your business to China?
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Whether you sell organic fruit and veggies, fancy jewellery or delicious cakes, if you’re running a stall at the markets, it’s likely you’ll need insurance in case things go wrong.

We’ve got details about the insurance, permits and licences you may need to ensure your market stall is both safe and legal.

Market Stall
01/20/2017 at 01:29. Facebook
Record keeping is an important part of being a small business owner.

Good record keeping can give you peace of mind and help you to:
keep track of your business’ health, so you’re able to make sound business decisions
prepare your tax return more easily
manage your cash flow.

It’s never too late to start a good record keeping system for your business!

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Record keeping for small business owners
Are you looking to take on an apprentice or trainee?

Taking on an apprentice or trainee can provide many benefits for your business - they can contribute significantly to your bottom line with practical skills and the knowledge they’ve gained through their training.

Check out our 5 steps to hiring an apprentice or trainee.

Apprentices and Trainees
DID YOU KNOW: A tax invoice must include at least seven pieces of information to be valid?

For sales of less than $1 000, the seven details are:

1. the words ‘Tax Invoice’
2. your business name or trading name
3. your ABN or ACN
4. the date the tax invoice was created
5. brief description of the items sold, including quantity and price
6. the GST amount (if any) payable
7. the extent to...
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How to create an invoice
Revising your business plan? Or maybe you’re starting from scratch?

Though business planning can be time consuming and difficult at times, it’s a valuable activity worth investing time and energy in! Planning helps to keep you on-track and visualise where you’d like your business to be this time next year.

Don’t start with a blank sheet of paper – download your FREE business planning...
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Business Plan Template & Guide
Did your business GROW in 2016?

Maybe you moved locations, employed staff or increased your bottom line - whatever your success story, we’d love to hear about it!

Share with us in the comments below what methods you used to make your business soar last year!

Is your goal this year is to grow your business? Check out our ‘Growing Your Business Checklist’ for a handy list of growth...
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Growing a Business Checklist
If a natural disaster was to strike without warning, would your business be prepared?

Having a plan in place can help your business recover quickly from a disaster.

Find out what resources are available to help you plan for recovery.

Free resources to help businesses plan & recover from natural disasters

A new year means a fresh start, and often renewed headspace and motivation! What better time to carve out a few hours this week to set some goals for your business in 2017?

You might be:
looking to expand online
thinking about hiring new staff
taking the leap and starting a business
aiming to finally get your recordkeeping organised!

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How to set goals and objectives for your business
We’re back online today!

We hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s.

As always, if you have a business questions or information you would like to see on our Facebook page, please comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you and are here to help you! | Simple. Fast. Easy.
From the team - We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We want to thank you for all your support in 2016 and we look forward to being back with you in 2017.

Our Facebook page will be taking a break until Tuesday, 3 January 2017. We will respond to any posts on our return.

If you need any business assistance in the meantime, you can still contact us on 13 28...
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| S is for Social Media for your Business |

Many businesses use social media to promote their business, communicate with customers and build their online profile.

Getting involved with online communities that use social media may help your business build relationships with customers and supporters and expand your networks.

Our gift to you as put of #MerryBizmas is a social media planning...
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Social Media Plan Template and Guide
| A is for the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) |

Do you need to know what licences and registrations you need to run your business?

You can search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)!

ABLIS is a free online tool to help you find the government:
codes of practice

You need to...
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Australian Business Licence and Information Service Home | ABLIS
| M is for Managing your Energy Use |

Did you know that lighting can account for up to 40% of energy costs in a commercial building?

If you want to reduce your costs and your impact on the environment all at once, then it’s time to start better managing your energy use.

Here are a few options you can consider:
shift your energy use to cheaper periods
choose energy efficient...
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Manage your Energy Use
| T is for Travelling for Work|

Do drive to meet clients or fly interstate for business meetings?

If you or your employees travel for work, there’s a few things to consider when preparing for business travel:
make sure you have a travel plan
know your travel safety requirements
have travel policies and procedure in place, including travel allowances.

Our gift to you as part of...
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| S is for Selling Goods and Services |

Are you launching a new product or services or expanding your business overseas?

When selling products or services it is important to understand:
your legal obligations
requirements under fair trading law
providing good sales practices
how to price a product correctly.

Our gift to you as part of #MerryBizmas is tips on good sales practices that...
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Selling Goods & Services
| I is for Intellectual Property (IP) |

Do you have a unique idea or creation?

This can be a valuable asset to your business, but how do protect your ideas and stop competitors from copying them?

The answer is IP. It represents creations of the mind or intellect that can be legally owned.

IP laws allow for protection through:
trade marks
registered designs
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Protect Your Ideas
Make sure your business doesn’t get caught out with underweight products!

A reminder to businesses - when your packaged goods are marked with a measurement, the package should contain at least the amount stated in product.

Find out more on how to comply with Australia’s trade measurement laws.

Dont get caught with underweight products!
| R is for Registering your Website |

Are you considering taking your business online?

Then you will need to register your domain name.

With so many domain names registered every day, it can be tough to get the domain name you really want.

Because your domain name is your online identity and brand recognition, you want to make sure you choose a name that not only fits your business, but...
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Register a Website Name
| H is for Home-based Business |

There’s no place like home…. So running a home-based business from the comfort of your home can offer many advantages including flexibility of work hours, having creative control, and the reward of watching your business grow over time.

As part of our #MerryBizmas we are gifting you tips to help you start a home-based business:
A clear plan can help you...
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Tips for starting a home-based business