Before you start

Do you have a great business idea? Are you in the early stages of planning a new business?

Avoid common issues that may cost you time and money by doing your research and being prepared for the permit application process.

Key milestones for setting up a business include:

  • a great business idea
  • creating a business plan
  • researching and budgeting
  • choosing your location
  • applying for permits
  • opening your business!

Learn from the journeys of other business owners through our simple case studies.

Small Business Victoria also provides tools and resources for starting a business.

Yarra business handbook

Download our free Yarra business handbook, containing useful information and resources to help you run your business in the City of Yarra.

Starting your business sustainably

Running an energy efficient business is both sustainable and economical. Depending on your circumstances and the type of business you run, commercial property leasing can often be a renter’s market. For the long-term economic benefit of an energy efficient building, consider requesting energy efficient upgrades and improvements to the premises before signing a lease agreement. 

Visit our starting a sustainable business page for information and resources to help set your business up for sustainability success right from the start.