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jessberry, post: 183405 wrote:
Thnx i will find out about that. I am hoping i can get a bit of a head start on my business before neis starts as it is only a six week program and at the end of the six weeks you are expected to have things sorted and almost up and running. I don’t think six weeks is long enough.

Jess,

NEIS is more than 6 weeks. The Cert IV is useful as long as you understand (a) it only gives you knowledge, not experience, and (b) the assessment is done by bureaucrats who only know about box ticking, not surviving without a wage.

Check the ability of your mentor before committing to one. My mentor is good, and knows what is required. A mate of mine went through a different group and it was a totally different story. In my opinion, they were only interested in bums on seats so they get paid from the government, and not really interested in their clients.

We have had a fairly difficult time over the last five years, and the one thing about NEIS that helps us the most is stability of income while developing the business.

I don’t have any suggestions re your business location except to actually talk with your Real Estate Agent directly, but asking indirect questions. Talking directly, not email, phone, etc., allows you to judge their reactions and phrase your next question appropriately. You might start by asking if you are only allowed to store things on the property.

I would also have thought out beforehand your plan to use the property. As a former landlord, I would be wary of anything that changed the property or devalued it. That is, when you walk out of the property, it should be identical to when you walked in, or better. Things that come to my mind from your comments: You are breeding “something”. How do we know this won’t attract vermin, disease, etc. I am speaking from a position of ignorance here, but so will be your agent and landlord.

Darryl