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    It’s going to depend on the individual insurer really. A lot of insurers now include cover for a home business. But I’m sure if you check the T’s and C’s that will be a home office-based business, not a cooking business. I agree that a Broker would be the way to go and they should be familiar with the options.

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    I would say local fulfillment has a lot of positives – you’ll negotiate a better rate on the product itself as well as the bulk shipping. And you’ll provide a much better experience for the end user with fast shipping times. BUT, can you afford to pay for the bulk order, and the risk that the stock might be sitting there a while?

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    In a word – no, I don’t really see any specific solution sorry. I would say Paul has given some excellent suggestions. My favourite: “Be helpful to them, not all “salesy”,” And he makes a great point that there would be much more low-hanging fruit than myself. I dislike change, while there are plenty of small business owners who actually like trying new things.

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    Given that you “will be selling almost exclusively to Australian customers on-line and “Australian Made” is going to be a selling point” I would say it’s a no-brainer to go with the .com.au. People consider a .com.au to be an ‘Australian website’, whereas a .com focussed on selling to Aussies can be a bit confusing.

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    I agree Mario. Time is one of the major factors. Most small businesses have tried and tested methods of doing things already. They work. Owners (like myself) are well aware that there are ‘better’ ways of doing things, but they can’t afford the time and disruption to business while this ‘better’ way is implemented. Quite simply, it is easier to stick with what you know. I’m a creature of habit and I just don’t really like change. Any new system causes a lot of pain to implement quite simply because it’s different. It may be more efficient, but it’s different. And different means re-learning, or re-skilling staff. Some decide it’s just not worth the pain, even if it means sticking with a less efficient system. It’s very hard to get past that with a lot of people.

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    Thanks. I think I looked at Payroller but can’t remember what happened with that. I ended up using ClockOn. Needed to do a bit more work setting it up than I had hoped (I just needed to report figures and didn’t care about having the software calculate it all for me, but there was no choice). But once it was setup it does the job well.

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    Just setup a Namecheap account in the name of the Company. Then you will do what’s usually known as a ‘Push’ (change of ownership) from the old account to the new one. Check this support article – https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/1187/8/how-can-i-move-a-domain-from-one-namecheap-account-to-another/ or engage their support guys when you’re ready.
    Just make sure you leave the NS (Name Server) settings ‘as is’ and the website won’t go down.

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    Ah, no worries. Thanks for that. Will give it some thought.

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    There are heaps of them Tony. I’d say best for someone starting out like yourself would be Leader Computers and XIT Distribution. Leader also build their own computers and have a service agent program which might be of interest to you.

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    Thanks. Sorry for the late reply – I missed your response.
    Anyway, Xero isn’t really what I’m after. I’m not looking to change my accounting software, I just need to fulfil the STP reporting requirements. There are several free options for that – I was thinking with all the soloists on here (many of whom would have assistance from family) that there might be some with practical experience with one of those, but perhaps not…

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    Thanks for the comments gents. Yeah – that was sort of my concern – it’s one thing to have an NDA, but quite another to enforce it I guess. The value of the business would not be worth the cost/time/heartache of taking it to court. So it seems it’s really a matter of just biting the bullet, hoping for the best and showing him the info if I want to make the sale.

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    For anyone following along, I’ve been doing a bunch of reading. It seems there is no way that PayPal will allow you to sign up for an account in 2 different countries unless you live in bother countries. I imagine if I were to pay Stripe Atlas to setup a US LLC for me then that would possibly allow me to get a US PayPal account for that LLC as well. But the cost and complexity (ongoing US tax obligations) of having an LLC in the US doesn’t seem worthwhile to me at present.

    There are of course illegitimate ways to get around these rules and get a PayPal acct in a second country, but that’s not something I’d be interested in.

    For me, the inability to get a USD-based PayPal account makes the rest of the exercise a bit irrelevant, since that’s the main thing I need. Bummer.

    Please do let me know if anyone else has any other thoughts!…

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    Thanks Paul. Yeah – you may well be right – it could be a matter of choosing between the lesser of several evils. Paying the PayPal fees is unpalatable but certainly something I’ll consider if necessary since it keeps things simple (no changes to any current accounts) – though it does of course impact the bottom line.

    Anyone else care to comment on the options for trading overseas?..

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    CloudStorming, post: 252487, member: 53682 wrote:
    I used VentraIP/Zuver a few times for domain names. Then I was using hosting at Exigent…. but now I have switched to https://dreamithost.com.au/

    They are reasonably new, but they are super quick with support requests, and they are local to me (Melbourne) and they occasionally have discount codes on Ozbargain.com.au which is why I switched, I am paying half I was before with Exigent for a lot better service.

    $2.95 a month for starter hosting and a $25 domain name, and that’s it.

    Thanks for that recommendation. I have Reseller Hosting with Panthur. Used to be probably the best in Aust until they were taken over by Hostopia… Words cannot express how woeful their support is now. I have put up with it for a few months hoping to come out the other side. But I’ve lost patience. Think I might give Dreamit a go.

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    Ross Forrester, post: 252972, member: 101125 wrote:
    Start something with the end game in mind.
    My two cents.

    Sure, I understand. I jut didn’t see the likelihood of huge tax liabilities given a starting point of $1k and only 4 – 7 years to maturity, at which time the tax liability is decreased anyway. But I absolutely agree that you certainly want to consider what’s going to happen down the track.

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