Aug 7 2023

A guide to starting a new business in Australia.

Congratulations on taking the plunge and starting your own business! This significant step can be daunting, yet strategic planning and prepping ahead of time promises to deliver great rewards. Here’s to a thrilling journey of entrepreneurship!


When you start a new business in Australia, you need to do a range of things to get started. At Namecorp, we are here to help you get your business started, and we make the process quick and easy for you.


This blog post will discuss the steps you need to take to register your business name and set up your company. Let us help you get started on the right foot.


First things first


Business Name Registration

One of the first things you need to do is register your business. Business name registration makes it official and ensures you are taxed at the correct rate, will avoid penalties, and you can protect your brand and ideas. You can do this online with Namecorp. (link)


The process is simple – fill in your details and provide information about your business. You’ll need to choose a business name, apply for an ABN, and tax obligations, including registering for GST if your business turnover is over $75,000 annually.


Once you’ve registered, you can access various links to help you kick-start your new business. Namecorp offers general advice, financial guidance, and support for your mental health and well-being from our experienced consultants. So don’t delay – get started today.


You will need to make some critical decisions about your business.


  • What type of business are you setting up? 
  • What goals do you want to achieve? 
  • How will it be structured? 
  • What licences do you need? 


Once you’ve made these decisions, it’s time to start planning. This includes outlining your business goals and strategies and creating a budget and forecast.

Steps to starting your own business.

Business owners discussing possible business opportunities

ABN registration

To start a business in Australia, you must first secure an ABN number. With Namecorp, you can register your business name with one simple application.


Once you have your ABN, you must register for GST if your annual revenue is expected to exceed $75,000; it’s also important to note that if you’re starting an online e-commerce business, you’ll need to register for GST despite your current turnover. This can also be registered with the same application. You must also comply with other business requirements, such as having workers’ compensation insurance, public liability, and following health and safety laws as required.


Secure your website domain name

Your domain name is your website’s address on the internet. It’s how people find your site and is integral to your brand identity. That’s why it’s essential to choose a good domain name and secure it so no one else can use it. When choosing a domain name, you want something that is easy to remember and represents your brand well. Once you’ve selected a domain name, you need to register it with Namecorp. This will give you exclusive rights to use that domain name and prevent anyone else from using it.


Registering your domain name is important in building your online presence, so do it as soon as possible. At Namecorp, we offer a free, professionally-designed website with discounted monthly hosting plans.


Decide on a business structure.

Choosing the right business structure is a critical decision for any business owner. Australia’s most common business structures are sole traders, partnerships, companies, and trusts. Each type of business has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to choose the right one for your particular business.


For example, sole traders have complete control over their businesses but are also personally liable for all debts and losses. Partnerships offer more flexibility than sole traders but can be more complex to establish and manage. Companies offer limited liability protection for owners but are subject to more stringent regulations.


Trusts can provide significant tax benefits but can be challenging to set up and administer. There is no “one size fits all” solution when choosing a business structure.


The best approach is to seek professional advice and make a decision that aligns with your business goals and needs.


Write a business plan.

A business plan is a document that sets out the goals and objectives of a business and how they will be achieved. It should include details of the products or services offered, the target market, the competition, the pricing strategy, the marketing strategy, and the financial projections.


The business plan should be reviewed and updated regularly to remain relevant and achievable. A well-executed business plan can be the difference between success and failure.


Ensure you have a registered office address

A registered office address is critical to setting up a business in Australia. This location will receive all official correspondence from Namecorp, ASIC, The Australian Tax Office, or other government departments as required, and it must be a physical address (not a P.O. Box). The registered office address can be the same as the business’s primary operations address but can be something other than its primary operations address.


Your accountant may agree for you to use their address for this purpose. Otherwise, speak with your Namecorp Business Concierge who can offer virtual office addresses in each state capital.


Take out appropriate insurance.

Before launching your business, it’s crucial to comprehend the variety of insurance options and choose suitable policies for your enterprise. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but some basic guidelines can be followed. Firstly, assess potential risks to your business and ensure adequate coverage for them. For instance, if customers visit your shop, liability insurance is necessary in case of injuries. Secondly, evaluate the financial consequences of possible losses. Higher-limit insurance might be required if your venture cannot withstand a substantial setback. Lastly, regularly review and update your policies as your business evolves. Selecting appropriate insurance coverage helps safeguard against unforeseen challenges.


As a Namecorp member, you can now access discounted insurance via your back-office dashboard. Simply go to, login, and click on the business insurance icon; it’s that easy, and you’ll get access to various insurance options and pricing.


Help! This is all so complicated.


Namecorp can help you with all these steps – we make it our mission to help you get your business up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible. You may only start a new business once in your lifetime, so ensure you get it right.


Our experts at Namecorp help thousands of Australians start their new businesses annually. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your business journey!


Don’t let the start-up process get you down – Namecorp is here to make your business dreams a reality! Get fast and easy access to all the resources needed for success in Australia.


You can process your business name registration, ABN application, and tax requirements in 3-5 minutes by clicking here.


Namecorp takes care of the paperwork for you, so it’s easy and hassle-free! Plus, we provide a service that ensures satisfaction.


Start your dream business with us today!


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