Firstly congrats on starting your new business, here’s to it’s success.
Okay so you now have a company name, what do you need to do to get up and running fast?
Assuming you already have a plan in place of core activities to get your business going, here’s a quick list of aspects you will need to be able to implement your plan:
The first couple are pretty straight forward. To get your ABN you will simply need to go here: https://abr.gov.au/For-Business,-Super-funds—Charities/Applying-for-an-ABN/
Simply fill in the blanks and you can get your ABN number.
To get your bank account you will need the following
Well, you already should have that if you purchased your company through us as that is FREE. But if you haven’t you can register domain names easily online. Simply do a search for domain name registration or email us and we can organise this for you.
Once you have your domain name, you can then go about organising an email address. For this you will need to also get website or email hosting, this is easy enough, simply do a search for email hosting or email us and we can organise this for you.
Pretty standard there… but perhaps consider if you want a 1300 or 1800 number to make it easy for clients to call you nationally. There are lots of good cost effective options and 1300 numbers can cost as little as $10 per month.
So they can really position you as a company that is operating beyond a local environment.
Now for the design elements…
Your visual identity is a key part of your business and the first thing you should really jump on as all your other marketing and branding should fall around the logo.
If you take advantage of one of our business start up packages you can get a great looking logo at a low cost. If you want to go to a designer make sure to have a good idea of what you want. There are other incredibly cheap alternatives such as the website https://www.fiverr.com/ where for a very low cost you can get a logo design.
Through some agencies you could spend thousands and thousands of dollars here. But to get started fast I recommend you look at what you are doing in regards to logo’s and branding as Version 1.0. You can always update, refine and refresh as you go. In fact many of the largest companies on the planet are updating their brand every few years.
In today’s marketplace I believe it is imperative for businesses to have a website. It is like the business card of 30 years ago, without a business card people would really question if you are in deed in business.
These days there are so many great options to getting websites. From the “free” (although they do cost monthly fees) to web agencies where you can spend tens of thousands of dollars and everything in between.
What to choose will really come down to you knowing where you sit in the market place. Are you a Gucci or a Lowes. A Gucci brand is going to want to look amazing and have an high end website where a Lowes brand needs a low cost “cheap” looking site to reflect its positioning.
Our monthly web packages are a fantastic option for all small businesses which you can check out here.
Now important side note.
If you want to get up and running fast I encourage you to make sure that here you do not get too bogged down with minor details.
What do I mean by that?
Well we’ve had clients in the past that spend months and months (some even 10-12 months) on branding aspects, refining logos and collateral and miss getting the business out to the market place. I totally understand the importance of a professional design. But where the rubber meets the road in business is always client interaction.
A Business Card
Pretty self explanatory this one as to why it’s important. If you plan on getting out amongst potential clients and strategic partners is a good thing to have something to give them. Business cards are very affordable. You can go for varying degrees of quality, so depending upon your brand and the marketing statement you wish to make will determine what type of card to get.
You can go to places like Vistaprint for super cheap cards, but I recommend going to a local printer and get a bit better quality.
So there you have it, some steps to help you get out there once you have your company name.
I recommend you create a timeline of events that you want to have all this done by so you can get out there and start growing your business.