There are loads of great resources and tools available online to assist you in starting up and running your own business. Below is a list of some of these tools.
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Government grant finders
- Business.gov.au Grants & Assistance Finder
This grants & assistance finder helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free.
- AusIndustry Program Summary
A summary of all of AusIndustry's programs.
A searchable directory of state-based and regional government grants.
Business planning tools & templates
- Business.gov.au Business Planning Templates
Download their popular business plan guide & template for free and get tips for business planning.
Bluewire Media Tools & Downloads
Bluewire have a number of free and premium tools to help you develop your web and social media strategies.
- Business Victoria Business Planing Tools & Templates
Business planning templates, tools & guides to increase the chance of securing finance or growth.
- Queensland Government Business & Industry Portal
Tools for preparing a business plan. If you are in QLD they are selling an "Easy Plan" CD for $16.50.
- Australia Bureau of Statistics Service for Small Businesses
Designed to assist small business operators with market research, profiling customers and planning a business case. Links are provided to relevant ABS data, training, consultancy services and other useful information.
- Australian Securities and Investment Commission
Search for business names, register a business name, set up a company, research the best company structure for you.
- ABN Registration
Set up an Australian Business Number online in 60 seconds.
- Fairwork Australia
Find out about workplace laws, national employment standards and use the annual & sick leave calculator.
- IP Australia
Register your patents, trade marks & designs.
A cloud based legal service. Register a Company, customise legal documents instantly with safe & secure storage or speak to one of their 500+ lawyers.
LegalVision provides Australian businesses and individuals with access to cost-effective and easy-to-use online legal services.
Search for and register domain names.
Cloud-based tools to help you run your business
- Google Apps
Google Apps consists of a number of tools for businesses - including mail, documents, calendar and more.
Free calls, videoconferencing real-time document sharing.
Web-based video conferencing and screen sharing tool.
A free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
Simple CRM and web based contacts manager.
Free online CRM, Invoicing, Project Management & timesheets software.
- Survey Monkey
Create & send surveys for free.
Online email marketing solution tool to attract new subscribers, send them beautiful email newsletters and see stunning reports on the results.
Track, manage and fix bugs fast.
Online accounting software for business. Web based system for invoicing/ billing, accounts payable, bank reconciliation and bookkeeping.
The leading web-based project management and collaboration tool. To-dos, files, messages, schedules, and milestones.
The fastest, easiest way to organise anything, from your day-to-day work, to a favourite side project, to your greatest life plans.
Australian start-up community websites
- SiliconBeach Australia
A website set up to bring the Australian technology community together. They have a forum, a dedicated jobs board and a weekly social event in Sydney.
A not for profit organisation with a mission to foster and build the community of technology entrepreneurship in Australia.
- Startup Australia
An open wiki listing many resources useful for IT/web/tech entrepreneurs.
- The Start Society
The Start Society (known as StartSoc) is an emerging national group primarily serving professional technology (and technology-enabled) startup entrepreneurs who focus on disruptive innovation.
Research data about the Australian small business, start-up and tech start-up industries
- Australian Bureau of Statistics Small Business Data
The ABS has a range of publications containing data specifically catering to the needs of small business owners.
- Australian Small Business - Key Statistics December 2012, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research & Tertiary Education
This publication provides an updated overview of Australia's small business with emphasis on business characteristics and performance. It also includes research conducted by the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research which provides a unique insight into the factors that initiate, hinder and facilitate the process of new business creation in Australia.
- Connected Small Businesses - How Australian small businesses are growing in the digital economy - Deloitte Access Economics, April 2013
Commissioned by Google Australia, this report provides insight into the use of the web by Australia’s small and medium-sized businesses, which employ more than seven million people and are responsible for half of private sector economic activity.
- Crossroads - An action plan to develop a vibrant tech startup ecosystem in Australia - StartupAUS, April 2014
The Crossroads report, commissioned by StartupAUS on behalf of the national tech startup community, sets out an action plan for growth and maturation of the Australian startup ecosystem. The Crossroads report makes the case that as a nation we need to take immediate and far-reaching steps to address market failures that are impeding the growth of our startup ecosystem.
- MYOB Business Monitor: The Voice of Australian Business Owners & Managers March 2013
Findings from the latest round of an ongoing national study that MYOB, one of Australia’s leading accounting software provider has commissioned to Colmar Brunton since 2004.
- Sensis® e- Business Report - The Online Experience of Small and Medium Enterprises
The annual Sensis® e-Business Report tracks SME use of technology and electronic commerce activity. Since June 2005, the report has incorporated information from the Sensis® Consumer Report on consumer behaviour and attitudes towards e-business.
- Silicon Beach Building momentum - A study of the Australian Startup Ecosystem - Deloitte, November 2012
A report written to further awareness of technology entrepreneurship is important to Australia and where it has room for improvement.
- The Startup Economy: How to support tech startups - Digital Pulse, April 2013
PwC’s Google commissioned report ‘The startup economy’, predicts that the Australian startup sector has the capacity to deliver $109 billion to the economy and create 540,000 new jobs by 2033.
Books for start-ups and entrepreneurs
- The Lean Startup by Eris Ries
How today's entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses.
- Running Lean by Ash Maurya
Iterate from Plan A to a plan that works.
- The Startup Owners Manual by Steve Blank & Bob Dorf
The step-by-step guide for building a great company using the tested and proven Customer Development process.
- The Digital Business Start-up Workbook by Cheryl Rickman
A step-by-step guide to succeeding online from start-up to exit.
- Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacso
The official biography of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. Read this one for inspiration.
Resources for women entrepreneurs
- Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry
The peak body for women business owners in Australia.
- Australian Centre for Leadership for Women
A virtual management centre created to empower women to be leaders through information and gaining skills.
- Women as Entrepreneurs
Established to build, support and promote the Australian national community of female entrepreneurs.
- Women’s Agenda
News, style & advice for professional women.
- Springboard Enterprises
Springboard's female acceleration program has come to Australia.
- The Entrepreneurial Mother
A blog for mothers who are building a businesses.
A US financial media site for women who want more — more net worth, more self worth & more joy.
Resources for non profit start-ups
- Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission
ACNC is the independent national regulator of charities. If you are setting up a charity you can register it here.
- Pro Bono Australia
The online hub for people engaged with Australia's not for profit communities.
- Philanthropy Australia
The national peak body for philanthropy in Australia. Has a step-by-step guide to seeking funding as a charitable organisation.
- Australian Directory of Philanthropy
An essential resource for not-for-profit organisations, charities and community groups. It features tips on how to apply for grants, write submissions, and important tax information to help grant-seekers understand what needs to be supplied to foundations in any application for funding.
- Not For Profit Marketing Plan Template
US publisher and blogger Nancy Schwartz has produced a ready-to-use Not for Profit marketing plan template in response to time-poor charities not knowing where or how to start. The template is a practical tool for Not for Profits anywhere.