Start-up Tools

There are loads of great resources and tools available online to assist you in starting up and running your own business. Below is a list of some of these tools.

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Government grant finders

Business planning tools & templates

Legal resources

  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission
    Search for business names, register a business name, set up a company, research the best company structure for you.
  • ABN Registration
    Set up an Australian Business Number online in 60 seconds.
  • Fairwork Australia
    Find out about workplace laws, national employment standards and use the annual & sick leave calculator.
  • IP Australia
    Register your patents, trade marks & designs. 
  • LawPath
    A cloud based legal service. Register a Company, customise legal documents instantly with safe & secure storage or speak to one of their 500+ lawyers.
  • LegalVision
    LegalVision provides Australian businesses and individuals with access to cost-effective and easy-to-use online legal services.
  • CrazyDomains
    Search for and register domain names.

Cloud-based tools to help you run your small business

  • Google Apps
    Google Apps consists of a number of tools for businesses - including mail, documents, calendar and more.
  • Squarespace
    Build your website with this SaaS-based content management system-integrated website builder, blogging platform, hosting service, commerce platform, and domain name registrar.
  • Hootsuite
    Easily manage all your social media on one dashboard.
  • Skype
    Free calls, videoconferencing real-time document sharing.
  • Zoom
    Frictionless web and video conferencing.
  • Dropbox
    A free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. 
  • HighRise
    Simple CRM and web based contacts manager.
  • Apptivo
    Free online CRM, Invoicing, Project Management & time sheets software.
  • Survey Monkey
    Create & send surveys for free.
  • CampaignMonitor
    Online email marketing solution tool to attract new subscribers, send them beautiful email newsletters and see stunning reports on the results.
  • MailChimp
    Provides marketing automation for e-commerce businesses. Send beautiful emails, connect your e-commerce store, advertise, and build your brand.
  • DoneDone
    From planning, to coding, to testing, to customer support, DoneDone is the straightforward, no-nonsense issue tracker.
  • Jira
    Track, manage and fix bugs fast.
  • Xero
    Online accounting software for business. Web based system for invoicing/ billing, accounts payable, bank reconciliation and bookkeeping. 
  • BaseCamp
    The leading web-based project management and collaboration tool. To-dos, files, messages, schedules, and milestones.
  • Trello
    The fastest, easiest way to organise anything, from your day-to-day work, to a favourite side project, to your greatest life plans.

Australian start-up community websites

  • SiliconBeach Australia 
    A website set up to bring the Australian technology community together. They have a forum, a dedicated jobs board and a weekly social event in Sydney.
  •  #StartupAUS 
    A not for profit organisation with a mission to foster and build the community of technology entrepreneurship in Australia.
  • Startup Australia
    An open wiki listing many resources useful for IT/web/tech entrepreneurs.
  • The Start Society
    The Start Society (known as StartSoc) is an emerging national group primarily serving professional technology (and technology-enabled) startup entrepreneurs who focus on disruptive innovation.

Research data about the Australian small business, start-up and tech start-up industries

Books for start-ups and entrepreneurs

Resources for women entrepreneurs

Resources for non profit start-ups