Ian McKenzie | ianmck
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Aussie Business Plans

Nov 7th 2010 at 5:07 AM

Aussie Business Plans

There is a well known saying that in business if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Many businesses which start up do not continue operating longer than a year or so. There are many reasons why businesses fail, but one of the primary reasons is lack of adequate planning.

Every business regardless of its size should have a plan. Unfortunately many small businesses still start up without having a written Business Plan. Doing so is highly risky behaviour.

The good news is that assistance in producing a Business Plan is freely available. Without having to purchase any texts, soft-ware programs or paying consultants, anyone, anywhere can access appropriate free of charge resources from websites, and produce a reasonable Business Plan. Of course, if you are not a qualified Accountant or Solicitor and you plan to go into business, it is always advisable to obtain advice from these professionals first. Legislation varies not only from country to country, but also very often between different local authorities.

I have called this article “Aussie Business Plans”. The majority of the websites listed are Australian. I am an Aussie, and I have an Aussie bias. However, the resources listed in this article are available to anyone regardless of where you are geographically located. No doubt, if you decide to use your favourite search engine you will find many other resources that may be more specific to your requirements or the part of the world where you live.

The first site I recommend that you visit is “The Australian Business Enterprise Centres” website. It’s URL is www.beca.org.au When you get to the site you will see a link called “Starting your own business Checklist”. That link is to a pdf file which is an Australian Government Publication. Download the file to your computer, save it and print a copy to use.

The second site I suggest you visit in your quest to obtain further information regarding Business Plans is an Australian Government site. The URL is www.business.gov.au

Part of the way down that first page, are the following three links:

Thinking of Starting a Business

Starting a Business

Growing a Business

Under each of the tabs is further information on the topic and links to various pages on the website. However, as Stephen Covey would say, “first things first”: Click on the “Thinking of Starting a Business” tab and you will see another link called “Thinking of Starting a Business Guide”. http://www.business.gov.au/Howtoguides/Thinkingofstartingabusiness/pages/default.aspx

On that page you will find the following links. This is probably a good page to “bookmark” so that you can return later and check out the various links. However, we are particularly interested at the present time in Business Plans. So, click on the link “How do I write a Business Plan?”

What do I need before I get started?

Am I ready?

How can I get advice & support?

What type of business should I start?

Which business structure should I choose?

How do I choose a business name?

How do I write a business plan?

How do I write a marketing plan?

How do I develop an export plan?

How do I develop a succession plan?

What planning tools can help me?

Are you ready checklists

Business plan guides & templates

Marketing plan guides

Export plan guides & tools

Succession plan guides & templates

That link will take you to a page which lists the main elements of a Business Plan. More importantly, on the page you will see links to firstly a “Word” template for a Business Plan, and a “Word” guide to writing a Business Plan.

Business plan template (Word, 0.61MB)

Business plan guide (Word, 0.67MB)

These are valuable resources for you. There are several websites which have free Business Plan templates for you to use. Another is the Northern Territory Government website, and a private site called Business Balls. The URL’s to obtain each of these templates is listed below:



My preference is the first one that I have listed, the Australian Government template. Being a “Word” document, you can work with it on your own computer screen.

The Business Balls site which I mentioned is another you should bookmark to come back to later. It has links to many resources which will be useful for you in operating your business. www.businessballs.com

Business Balls is an international site. Another site which is Australian is also worth a look. It’s URL is www.smartcompany.com.au/business-plan

Governments in Australia, Commonwealth and each of the States, want Australian businesses to be successful. They have many resources available to assist you to be successful in starting and operating your business. Here are some additional links that you should investigate:







If you have been to each of the above links and started work on your Business Plan, congratulations, as I have mentioned earlier, you can complete a Business Plan without having to purchase any texts or software whatsoever.

Please to comment
Nov 27th 2010 at 4:22 AM by drkelp
Thx Aussie. I'm a Kiwi myself living in the UK. The advice travels. Great article.
Nov 23rd 2010 at 2:11 PM by jakaroomba
Ian , you always make me laugh with your words of wisdom. Thank you for a wonderful article it has inspired me to do my thorough research before I commit to buying an existing business. Just a quick search at Google for a sample due diligence document yielded amazing results. I am confident that I can now secure the business at least for half the price.
Nov 8th 2010 at 11:43 AM by ianmck
Thank-you for the very positive support flconversation.
Nov 8th 2010 at 11:34 AM by flconversation
Great article. I am not living in Australia, but the argument is valid all over the world. For Aussies you really give a great help. Hope a lot of 'Australian New-Starters' find your article.

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