1 March 2017
An easy-to-use app launched this week will provide handy tips and advice to young people on the Gold Coast dreaming of starting their own business.
Local MP Steven Ciobo said the app and website, made available by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), were developed with young people in mind, but will be useful for anyone planning on starting a small business.
“With more young Australians going into small business, particularly in industries such as construction, transport, information technology and telecommunications, the ATO has made the process even easier to help young people have a go,” he said.
“The Coalition Government admires those who take a risk and have a go in starting their own small business, and this is especially true for young Australians.
“They are bringing jobs and opportunities to the Gold Coast and I’m here to back them.”
Mr Ciobo said the new app builds upon the practical assistance the Coalition has given small business, including the new record-keeping tool for small business released last year and the $20,000 instant asset write-off programme.
People starting a business can download ASIC’s First Business App or visit the Plan & Start page on business.gov.au for valuable information including:
- checklists to help with setting up a business
- ideas for developing business networks, and
- advice about planning and setting goals.
Mr Ciobo said simplifying help for small business is a priority for the Government.
“Estimates say these products will save the Australian small business community around 1.5 million hours a year, giving new business owners more time to grow their business or spend with their families – which are some of the best investments they can make,” he said.