Business start-up advice

Business Start-Up Accountants

Starting a new business can be exciting and challenging at the same time. You need to research the market, analyse your competitors, raise finance, establish networks, find a location, set up an office and recruit staff – the list is endless.

There are three common ways to start a business. These are:

  • Buy an existing business
  • Buy a franchise
  • Start a new business from scratch

The start-up accountants at Lotus Smart can explain each of the above options and provide start-up business accounting advice to help you determine which option is best for you.

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Accounting Advice For Startups

Business Start-Up Process

Irrespective of whatever option you choose, you need to follow a series of steps before your new business can stand on its own feet.

Our start-up accountants have devised a 10 step process that is generally applicable for any start up business:

  • Conduct market research: The first step is to complete extensive market research. This will include finding out what your competitors are doing, what is the point of differentiation of your product/services, and what is the potential of your product/services in the market.
  • Determine your business structure: Choosing a business structure is a particularly critical step when starting a business. Lotus Smart has business structure specialists who can provide valuable accounting advice for start-ups, helping you to choose the most suitable option depending on your circumstances.
  • Finalise strategic business plan: This should cover your business goals, mission, vision, processes, pricing, and products.
  • Find out about licensing requirements: This will require dealing with the local council and other Government bodies. It may require consultation with lawyers, engineers and other consultants. At Lotus Smart, we have a team of expert start-up accountants who can advise you on the areas of consultation required.
  • Open bank account/Merchant facility etc.: While deciding which bank to choose, look for close proximity to banking, reasonable rates for merchant facilities, and products/facilities offered for small businesses.
  • Determine your financial requirements and options available to arrange finance: We are often asked by our clients as to how much capital is needed in order to start a new business. Unfortunately, there is no short cut answer to this question. You need to carefully analyse the set-up cost and ensure you have contingencies in case things do not go as per plan. As a rule of thumb, we recommend having adequate capital to manage the overheads and other expenses for at least 6 months. However, the start-up business accounting advice we provide you with will depend upon the type of the business you are in.
  • Find the right location: Having the right location is critical for the success of your business. It could be your home office or a leased space in a commercial building.
  • Create a marketing plan: This should include website, social media, branding and digital media.
  • Choose your accounting software: For small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $5 million, we recommend a cloud-based solution offered by Xero or MYOB. Implementing good accounting software provides a base for sound financial control and efficient decision making.
  • Obtain appropriate insurance coverage for your business: Examples include professional indemnity, business, content, public liability, loss of profit, work cover, etc. depending upon the nature of your business.

Contact Our Start-Up Accountants for Advice Today

Lotus Smart has a team of start-up accountants who can provide you with the advice you need. Whether you’re buying an existing business, buying a franchisee or starting from scratch, we can guide you through the steps and provide trusted accounting advice for start-ups.

Give us a call on 03 9561 9922 to arrange for a free consultation.
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