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    Stuart B
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    Hey guys, I’m doing some research for another set of videos on my website and wanted to ask around here…

    When you started your business, what were the businesses you needed to get you started?

    I know from my own experience my first port of call were…

    • My accountant (for company setup and general advice)
    • A printer (for business cards, letterhead etc)
    • A lawyer (for legal docs, contracts etc)
    • IP Australia (for trademarks)

    If I didn’t have the skills in-house I would have also had to connect with…

    • A graphic designer (logos / branding)
    • A web designer for the website

    So I’m interested in what businesses YOU needed to work with in order to get your business started?

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    JacquiPryor
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    Hi Stuart,

    For me the list is pretty much as you captured above. Additionally:

    • Website hosting company
    • Office Supplies Store! Might seem secondary but I couldn’t have commenced business without office supplies/desks/computers etc
    • ASIC (if not employing an accountant to register companies/business names etc)
    • Telco/ISP
    • Bank/Financial Institution
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    alliedib
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    This is basically who I needed:
    – accountant – company setup etc;
    – financial planner;
    – graphic designer (thanks [USER=177]@bluewoodstudio[/USER]);
    – IT consultant;
    – phone diversion (thanks [USER=37472]@Divert To Mobile[/USER] );
    – printer; and
    – business mentor.

    I was fortunate enough to have the following skillset:
    – insurance broker
    – lawyer (basic contract law anyway).
    – HR (OH&S etc)

    I have now worked with a lot of these and formed a ‘network of specialists’ where we try to find out what key topics / concerns are in other areas of expertise and then see how it relates to our clients – it is not for monetary referrals, moreso to ensure that each of us has a person they can turn to to discuss ideas or help our (sometimes) mutual clients.

    Regards,

    Mark

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    JacquiPryor
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    I’d like to add “Insurance Broker” to my earlier list! Was definitely on the initial list for me.

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    Jason Ramage
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    Hi Stuart

    Interesting to have to think about this.. for me, when retailing, i had to locate suppliers – not sure if that is in the line you were thinking as i know its not what businesses i needed to ‘form’ my business although it is an ultra important requirement for a retailer – before the point of requiring a client.

    As others have said:
    – Accountant
    – Legal
    – Telecommunications Company (internet and telephony)
    – Bank relationship – accounts and merchant
    – FS – oh my, not sure what i would do without an extra ear from time to time :)
    – Printer
    – Designer if unable to do in house
    – Web host
    – Web designer – in unable to do in house
    – Real estate agent (commercial)
    – Location of decent coffee shop, seriously i do lots of meetings at coffee shops :)

    Must be more, but that may cover some of it..

    Cheers

    Jason Ramage | Lucas Arthur Pty Ltd | E: hello@lucasarthur.net.au   P: 61 3 8324 0344    M: 61 412 244 888
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    Gizmo
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    I needed what most have already outlined.
    In addition I needed:
    1) A patent lawyer
    2) Merchant Gateway Provider

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    Mischelle
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    Hi,

    I would also add accounting / book keeping software providers to the list, IE Xero, MYOB, Quickbooks.

    :-)

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    bb1
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    Primary business

    • # 1 Insurance
    • Printer – Business cards, flyers
    • Equipment suppliers (mowers, etc)
    • Phone supplier
    • Community newsletter’s
    • business association
    • Other similar business’s for research
    • Body corporate company

    Secondary business

    • wholesalers
    • Sales channel
    • packaging suppliers
    • Courier
    • Australia Post
    • Trade shows
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    @aidia.com.au
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    My list goes like this:
    – friends and family
    – professional network

    Since my business is a website design business, I build my own website :)

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    GeoffD
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    I was lucky enough to come across a mentor whilst involved in the NEIS program when starting out 17 years ago. Without his guidance in those early days (and the input of others since then), I doubt that we would have grown to be the size we did. All of the professions listed above are important but I would surely have a mentor/coach at the top of the list. Often, when going into Business for the first time, you don’t know what you don’t know – a good, experienced coach/mentor can help you to see the big picture and select the other services or expertise you need.

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    Shes Got You Sorted
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    I would add Copy Writer and if you ever need one, there is none better than [USER=5507]@Lucinda Lions[/USER] .

    Not only did she totally get my business, but she took time to get to know me, my brand, my voice and my values. As well as being the consummate professional, she is also an absolutely delightful (and very funny) person to deal with.

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    Lucinda Lions
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    Shes Got You Sorted, post: 224721, member: 61537 wrote:
    I would add Copy Writer and if you ever need one, there is none better than [USER=5507]@Lucinda Lions[/USER] .

    Not only did she totally get my business, but she took time to get to know me, my brand, my voice and my values. As well as being the consummate professional, she is also an absolutely delightful (and very funny) person to deal with.

    Hey Sharon, Jayne kindly told me about this thread. Thank you so much for your lovely words. You’ve made my day! :)

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    Shes Got You Sorted
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    Well it’s all true. xxx

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    Burgo
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    I needed a solicitor, an accountant, Chemical suppliers, a printer and a spouse that was working in case I didn’t generate enough money to pay the bills.
    In actual fact this turned out to be a much valued person, because the recession we had to have virtually wiped my business out, and starting all over again was slow work, but we got there.

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    Adam Stanecki
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    If I started again today:

    • Accountant
    • Coach
    • Legal
    • Virtual assistant
    • Insurance advisor
    • Evangelist
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