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  • Business planning online - LivePlan

    The Department of State Growth has purchased a business plan software tool, Liveplan, for the sole use of Tasmanian small businesses and can be made accessible through Enterprise Centres Tasmania.

  • Business plan guide and template

    This guide and template step you through the process of developing business plan. You can tailor the plan to meet your own business needs. Both the guide and template are from www.business.gov.au

  • Business plan app

    The Australian Government has developed a business plan app to help you get started. It guides you through the process of creating a solid and well-structured business plan. The MyBizPlan app is available for both AndroidTM and iPad.

  • Marketing plan guide and template

    This guide and template will help you prepare a marketing plan to help you identify your customers, your competitors and develop a strategy to make your business stand out. Both the guide and template are from www.business.gov.au

  • Marketing plan app

    The Australian Government has developed an app to guide you through creating a marketing plan. The MarketMyBiz app is available for both AndroidTM and iPad.

  • How to conduct a feasibility studyConducting a feasibility study will help you work out if your business idea has a good chance of success.
  • Fact Sheet - Start a business checklistWorking through this checklist will help you take the necessary steps to get your business off the ground.
  • Choosing the right siteLocation is critical to the success of many businesses, particularly those in the retail industry.
  • Checklist - Is your home suitable?A home base is not suitable for every type of business.
  • Checklist: Evaluating the purchase of a businessA successful evaluation should indicate the potential of the business and enable sales, profit and cash flow projections to be made for at least the next 12 months.
  • Checklist: Market research and intelligence sources

    This is a listing of information, data and statistics sources that may be useful for business who are interested in investing in Tasmania or Tasmanian business looking to sell their products or services interstate or overseas.

    This listing is divided into the following sections:

    1. Statistics and services for business
    2. Economic data and information on Tasmania
    3. Small Business profile and benchmarking
    4. Exporting and international markets
  • Preparing for business downturn

    Your business may be affected by challenging periods such as an economic downturn. Keeping your business strong during these events might be difficult, but there are steps you can take and opportunities available to you.

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Managing customers and suppliers

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Preparing your business for natural disasters

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  • Business_Continuity_Plan_Part_1_-_Know_your_risk.docx [PDF - 218.9 KB]
  • Business_Continuity_Plan_Part_2_-_Get_ready.docx [PDF - 223.1 KB]
  • Business_Continuity_Plan_Part_3_-_Take_Action.docx [PDF - 143.2 KB]
  • Business_Continuity_Plan_Part_4_-_Reassess.docx [PDF - 226.9 KB]
  • Business_Continuity_Plan_Template.docx [PDF - 255.8 KB]
  • Fact Sheet - Assessing disaster risk
  • Fact Sheet - Business insurance
  • Checklist - Bushfire preparation

    It is important to understand the bushfire danger to your business and to prepare your business for this danger. Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012, employers have a duty of care to employees and visitors when they are on your property or undertaking a service provided by your business. Use this checklist to help assess whether you are adequately prepared for a bushfire. See the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) website for further information www.fire.tas.gov.au

    You can download this checklist here.

  • Checklist - Earthquake preparation

    Although Tasmania has not been significantly impacted by previous earthquakes, the risk of earthquake is still present. Landslides can occur anywhere across Tasmania but have been particularly noticeable in several areas of the north-west landscape and the Tamar Valley, as well as specific areas in and around Hobart, Launceston and St Helens. Use this checklist to prepare your business in advance and take action to reduce potential earthquake impacts. See the Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES) website for further earthquake information www.ses.tas.gov.au

    You can download this checklist here.

  • Checklist - Flood preparation

    Flooding can cause damage to your business assets and stock, or indirectly impact on your business activities by disrupting supply chains and customer access routes. Floods can occur rapidly and without warning. Use this checklist to prepare your business in advance and take action to reduce potential flooding impacts. See the Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES) website for further flood information www.ses.tas.gov.au

    You can download this checklist here.

  • Checklist - Heatwave preparation

    Extreme heat events can have a detrimental impact on businesses – affecting health and wellbeing, energy and infrastructure, public transport and agriculture. Heatwaves have caused more deaths in Australia than any other natural hazard. Use this checklist to prepare your business in advance and take action to reduce potential heatwave impacts. See the Department of Human Services (DHHS) website for further information on heatwaves see the public health alerts page at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au

    You can download this checklist here.

  • Checklist - Influenza pandemic preparation

    A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region. While there are many potential infectious disease threats, an influenza pandemic poses the most significant risk, therefore this checklists focusses on preparing for an influenza pandemic.

    Unlike other natural disasters, an influenza pandemic would build up over a number of weeks, could last for 7–10 months and would affect whole populations, with potentially high levels of illness, deaths and social and economic disruption.

    An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges against which there is no vaccine or population immunity. Based on assumptions outlined in the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza 2014 (AHMPPI) and assuming appropriate medical care is available, Tasmania can expect between 180 and 2 254 deaths from an influenza pandemic over seven to 10 months, with most deaths occurring in under five-year-olds, over 65-year olds and 20–35 year-olds. Up to 20 per cent of the workforce could be away from work on any given day during the peak of illness. Use this checklist to prepare your business in advance and take action to reduce potential impacts from an influenza pandemic.

    You can download this checklist here.

  • Checklist - Storm and severe weather

    Tasmania is regularly subjected to storms and severe weather. Storms can bring strong winds, intense rainfall, hail and snow. Strong winds and hail may damage your property and assets, heavy rainfall can cause flooding, and snow may result in road closures and staff absences. Use this checklist to prepare your business and plan for disruptions due to storms and strong weather. See the Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES) website for further storm information www.ses.tas.gov.au

    You can download this checklist here.

  • Checklist - Tourism operators

    During a disaster, your tourism-based business may need to look out for the well-being of your customers, as well as your staff and property. Even if you are not directly affected by a disaster, you could be negatively impacted by nearby damage and a possible downturn in customers for your business. Use this checklist to plan for these events in advance and assist in minimising these impacts to your business.

    You can download this checklist here.

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Establish an online presence

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Exiting your business

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  • Succession plan templateBusiness.gov.au's succession plan template and guide can help you plan for the day when you leave your business. Planning for this time can provide a smooth transition and lowers the risk of disruption to your operation.
  • Selling or closing your business - things to consider introductionThe Australian Taxation Office (ATO) overview covers the most common topics you need to consider when selling or closing a business. Although not everything you need to know may be covered, it's a great starting point. The ATO recommend you also seek advice from your tax adviser.
  • Webcasts: The Journey of selling or closing a small business

    Watch these short webcasts developed by the Australian Tax Office to help you understand your regulatory obligations when selling or closing your business.

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