Start a retail shop
What you need to know if you are opening a shop.
Use the guide below to help you set up a new business. Remember - this is a guide only. Every situation is different.
1. Check if you're ready
2. Choose the right business structure
Choosing the right business structure from the get go, sets you up for success.
3. Get an ABN
Organise an Australian Business Number (ABN) and prepare for GST.
4. Register your business name
Get the business name you want and register it.
5. Write your business plan
Planning is key. Write down your business plan and map out success.
6. Check business essentials
- legal requirements
- responsibilities for selling goods - like product safety, consumer rights and trade measurements.
7. Prepare your finances
8. Get your licences and registrations
Get the right licences and registrations depending on your needs.
9. Protect your business
Protect your business with the right trademarks and insurance.
10. Get digital ready
Develop a marketing plan and get digital ready by creating your online presence and setting up your social media.
Learn how to write your marketing plan on the Australian Government’s Business website.
11. Hire staff
Recruit staff and understand your employer responsibilities.
Contact our Small Business Champions to help you along your journey.