Studies of business failures show half of all new businesses are wound up within three years and three quarters close within five years. Getting the right advice from the start makes you think about your proposed business plans and prevents you from making a bad investment or becoming a business fatality.
Most businesses fail because of poor management, inadequate cash resources and poor cash control. You should not go it alone unless you really understand the world of accounting and finance. A good accountant will be as committed as you are to making the right choices for your business.
The language of business is money – and if you cannot talk this language you are financially illiterate. Even if maths is not your strength, it is most definitely in your interests to learn how to cost your product, calculate profit margins, prepare budgets, and analyse and interpret financial statements – profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and tax returns. The effort will pay off in a much deeper understanding of the dynamics of your own business, and you will be in a strong position to manage your finances day to day and plan for growth.
The Government of South Australian provides a range of advice and support services for small businesses principally through the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) , Business Enterprise Centres and Regional Development Boards.
The Australian Government provides assistance to small businesses through AusIndustry, and can also help with general information on:
- Business planning
- Cost control
- Maintenance and prevention
- Advertising and promotion
A number of grants are available for small businesses, many can be found on GRANTSLink. Food specific grants include:
- Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program through AusIndustry.
- Austrade’s Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)
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A variety of grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities to help you to develop solutions to local and national problems, fund ideas and initiatives or provide assistance in times of hardship.