7 tips to start or buy a business

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1. Overview

Are you interested in starting, growing or buying a business? Here are some key tips to help your business succeed.

Start with a plan

You must develop a detailed plan for how you are going to start and manage your new business.

This important first step will help you to identify challenges and opportunities from finances to marketing and publicity.

We run workshops, events and mentoring that can help you create a business plan.

Please visit the below links for further information and support:

2. Develop your business structure

Creating a business structure that works for your business is crucial for long term success. There are advantages and disadvantages to different business structures. Find out what business structure suits your needs.

4. Market your business

Marketing is essential in promoting your business and maintaining business momentum.

We run regular mentoring sessions and provide information on events that can assist you with your marketing.

Small business mentoring & small business bus

Small business mentoring is available to people thinking of starting a business or for those who have just started.

We offer limited places for free sessions at mentoring clinics held throughout the Yarra Ranges region.

For further information and to book a session please visit:

Business Victoria   

For up to date information on all things business visit:

Yarra Ranges Tourism

Yarra Ranges Tourism is the regional tourism board responsible for the promotion of Victoria's Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Tourism region.

Learn more about Yarra Ranges Tourism networking, marketing and partnership opportunities. Includes partnerships for trades, suppliers, Airbnb and not for profits.

Events & workshops

Yarra Ranges Business in partnership with our local Neighborhood House network and Business Victoria offer a program of workshops and events to assist you build your business knowledge and skills. Find an event near you.

You can also visit our neighbouring councils:

5. Know your market

Good decisions are based on good data. The demographic and economic data provided below is updated regularly.  

6. Confirm land use and town planning requirements

We have a unique and diverse environment in the Yarra Ranges.

Our planning scheme aims to protect and enhance our local economy and region.

If you are planning to start a business you may need information on zoning, signage, food & health premises, waste water etc.

Use our online tool “Enquire” to find out if you need a permit.

7. Obtain the right permit and registration

Yarra Ranges Development Services can provide guidance on what permits and registrations may apply to you.

Some businesses can work from home without a permit, however some home businesses may require a permit.

If you are planning on setting up a business from home please visit Business Victoria.

For more information about Yarra Ranges permits and registrations visit:

8. Need more help?

The Yarra Ranges business team can assist you. Get in touch via email at business@yarraranges.vic.gov.au or phone at 1300 368 333

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