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    deborah
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    What is the minimum information that potential suppliers want when I email them to give me quotes? Is a registered business name enough? Or do they want to see that I have an ABN, too?

    Deb

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    MissieK
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    It really depends on the supplier. I don’t think I’ve ever been asked for my ABN!!!

    You can always ask for a quote and they will ask for whatever information they need.

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    martinprint.com.au
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    What business are you in Deb? It varies in different industries.

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    Renee Barber
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    deborah, post: 3769 wrote:
    What is the minimum information that potential suppliers want when I email them to give me quotes? Is a registered business name enough? Or do they want to see that I have an ABN, too?

    Deb

    Hi Deb

    As has been posted, I suppose it does depend on the industry, but I doubt if the information is confidential so why not add it as a matter of course to your website, business stationery, etc?

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    deborah
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    My business will be in the textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry and, on reflection, I’m slightly embarrassed that I even asked this question. Wishing to enter this particular industry had a lot to do with it, I think – I am hypersensitive to how industry-insiders may see me.

    I have an inkling that how I word my requests for quotes may be a lot more important than trivial details like whether or not I have an ABN attached to my name. That is, the closer I can get to accurately describing what I want, the better.

    Deb

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    BrightSpark
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    By law you are required to put your ABN on a number of documents when you are claiming GST. This allows the people you are dealing with to check on your GST status.

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    Wild Purple
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    Deb,

    I would get an ABN as a matter of course, it has a number of benefits, not just the GST one…

    It makes it much easier with some suppliers (having dealt with collectables suppliers who require you to have an ABN before they will give you an account), and you may require that level of information for some suppliers in your industry too.

    Makes buying cars cheaper too, as you can get fleet discounts…

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    Renee Barber
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    deborah, post: 4700 wrote:
    My business will be in the textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry and, on reflection, I’m slightly embarrassed that I even asked this question. Wishing to enter this particular industry had a lot to do with it, I think – I am hypersensitive to how industry-insiders may see me.

    I have an inkling that how I word my requests for quotes may be a lot more important than trivial details like whether or not I have an ABN attached to my name. That is, the closer I can get to accurately describing what I want, the better.

    Deb

    Hi Deb

    I get the impression you have an ABN, but you’re just worried about including it as you’re (as you mentioned) ‘hypersensitive to how industry-insiders may see [you]’.

    Now I don’t know your situation, but I reckon what really counts is being confident in yourself and what you have to offer. Of course we have to think about how our target market perceives us (perception maps are handy for that), but faith in yourself will take you a long way.

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    Heidi Price
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    From the limited dealings I have had wth the textiles industry without an ABN you are not seen as being a genuine enquirer.

    In a way it’s a pain, but I imagine the volume of “just curious” request for info would be enormous.

    Personally, I cant see why you would be reluctant to include your ABN – to me it says you are serious about your venture and are moving down the path to establishing your business.

    :)

    Heidi

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    Burgo
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    That is a big industry you are in Clothing Textiles and footwear.
    Is there an area you are specialising in or are you taking on the lot.

    The rag trade is extremely competetive but close, every body knows evrybody and a new kid on the block they probably already know about even before anything happens. to make it in this area you have to be good, why do I know Ive been there but 30 years ago. Dont think much has changed.

    However an ABN is essential in any form of business without one dont even start but you can get one in minutes online

    So good luck and go with your dream and stay with it

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    Many companies I’ve worked for would demand for an ABN. No ABN no business full stop.

    As a small biz owner, it brings some professionalism and somewhat credibility (from an accountant’s POV maybe). Outsiders can’t get information on your finances or how much you lodged or if you were late etc.

    The ATO provides free visits to small businesses to discuss your needs if you require: http://www.ato.gov.au/businesses/content.asp?doc=/content/77828.htm

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    deborah
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    Thanks to all for the useful info you’ve provided.

    As mentioned in my intro to FS, my intended startup date is not until mid-2010 and I don’t plan to even register my business name until later this year – July at the earliest. The collective wisdom seems to be that I apply for an ABN at the same time and this I will do.

    Never having run my own business, or worked in the TCF industry, means that I am making very tentative steps to first find my feet in a place such as this forum.

    Better clothing for wheelchair-users (such as myself), is my motivation. I don’t care who knows about it – if anyone wants to add some more competition to the market, bring it on!

    My life runs at an extremely measured, planned pace these days – until ‘they’ come up with a cure for MS, the great days of running my life with any spontaneity whatsoever, are over.

    And so I chip away at the masses of information that I’ve so far accumulated, to become wiser, more organised and better-informed for the years ahead. The Flying Solo book, forum and members are all playing small but important parts in this. Members of what is, no doubt, a very vibrant and happening place (the TCF industry), will begin to play their much larger role in this, in time.

    Thanks again, Deb

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