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Guidance for starting a business

There are a few things you can research to help you spot the right business opportunity. 

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Lots of people dream about one day working for themselves. Here are five tips to help get the ball rolling.

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How to register a business name

Once you've got a name locked down follow these simple steps to register your business.

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Business structure options explained - from sole trading to partnerships, companies and trusts.

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Correct invoicing is an essential of maintaining good records for your business. Find out how to write one.

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Learn about our online ID check and how you can open a Business Transaction Account in less than 10 minutes. 

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Learn how to create a business plan that defines your products and services and establishes clear growth strategies.

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Ways to fund a business, the pros and cons of different types of debt and equity finance, and how to make them work for you.

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Before you start creating a business plan, we can help you refine your business idea. In a few clicks, you’ll know how your idea is tracking.

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How to choose the right payments system for your business.

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How to calculate set-up costs, prepare forecasts and produce a break-even analysis.

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How to write a business financial plan

Could your business idea work? Completing a business financial plan is a crucial step when starting a business.

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 Find the right bank account for your business with our account selector.

 Manage your small businesses’ day-to-day finances with NetBank for business.

 Stay in control of your costs with a simple merchant plan.



what you need to start a business

Things you should know
As this advice has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. View our Financial Services Guide (PDF 59kb).