Planning a new business
Before you start your business, make sure that your business idea will succeed. Use our guides, checklists and tips to help you plan your idea and sharpen the personal skills you'll need to be a business owner.
Start your new business journey by:
- taking the business readiness health check
- watching our starting a business video.
Business readiness health check
Take our quick online health check to discover if you and your business are ready to open.
Explore and research your business idea
Check your idea will succeed by researching your market, customers and competitors.
Key elements of starting a business
An overview of legal, regulatory, resource and finance considerations for business start-ups.
Feasibility analysis for new businesses
Explore the financial, legal and operational viability of your business start-up.
Are you ready to be a business owner?
Understand the challenges of business ownership. Assess your personal attributes and goals.
Skills for running a business
Review the skills and expertise that your business will need to have access to.
Writing a business plan
Discover what a business plan is and how you can prepare or update one for your business. Download our free business plan template.
Costs to start and run your business
Learn about common start-up and ongoing costs for your business.
Managing risk when starting up
Find out how to identify, analyse and manage risks to protect your new business.
Tools and resources
Find more information and support to help you start or buy a business.
Working with business advisers
Learn what to consider before choosing a professional to help you achieve your business goals.
Find the licences and permits you need to start your business.
Video - Starting a business
Watch our video to help develop your idea, skills, and plans to start a business.