Start your business

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NSW has the best environment in Australia to start or grow a business, with over 736,000 small businesses already operating across the state. The NSW economy is growing at an above-trend pace, with solid population growth and a strong pipeline of public infrastructure and housing construction.

Business confidence is strong, remaining above the national level.

What you'll need

Business plan

A clear business plan will turn your great business idea into a realistic picture of what you need to do and identify the help you will need to start on your journey to business success.

Legal structure

Setting up your business also means choosing the right legal structure for your business and registering your business for tax purposes. You should also check whether you need permissions or trading licences for your particular sector.

Information and advice

Getting advice early could save you time and money further down the track.

Business Connect advisors can give you the advice, skills and information you need to navigate the steps to set up your business. Their experience and knowledge is gained from running a small business themselves.

Choose a Business Connect advisor and register for your first free business advice session.

Running a home based business

Home businesses are a vital part of the New South Wales economy. If you are starting or running a home-based business, there are some important things to consider.

Find out more about running a home based business.

More support for startups

The NSW Government and other agencies provide many types of support for business and help for individuals to start up a business.

  • Easy to do Business is a Service NSW initiative in partnership with the NSW Small Business Commissioner, that gives a free help service to small business owners with a personalised business concierge, dashboard and 'how-to' guides for selected industries to make it easier to open, run or grow a business in NSW.
  • Minimum Viable Product grants are provided by Jobs for NSW and designed to support promising technology startups with the funds needed to gather customer feedback and test their underlying business model.
  • Building Partnerships grants support revenue startups seeking to build their customer base and pilot their business models, provide funding of up to 35% of approved project costs to a maximum of $100,000 per project. These grants enable startups to pilot new marketing partnerships here in Australia or overseas, or to complete pilot projects with key customers to provide evidence to accelerate market adoption of their products or services.
  • TAFE NSW - Skills for Business initiative offers partial and complete qualifications available for business owners to build the skills that are central to starting and growing a business.
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) teaches practical entrepreneurial skills to top students from a range of disciplines as part of its degree or TAFE NSW program.
  • Western Sydney University Launch Pad offers a one-stop-shop business and innovation support program that provides facilities, assistance and resources for startup and high-growth technology-based businesses in Western Sydney.