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Bookkeeping – New Business


Once you’ve decided to venture into a new business it can often be confusing as to where you should begin! Whether you have a great idea for a business or are looking to take over an existing operation, having accurate recording keeping and reporting processes in place as well as information about your business obligations, industry, market and finances is vital to building a successful venture.

Starting a new business checklist:

The structure of your new business is highly important, as it will be the foundation for your success, hence you will need to consider the following:

  • Set up business structure
  • Form relationship with Bank and open a bank account
  • Set up internet banking facilities
  • Set up merchant facilities (MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Diners)

Your new business will also need a sound accounting  and recordkeeping system put in place as an integral part of ensuring financial success. You will need to:

  • Set up accounting system
  • Put KPI’s in place
  • Attend to Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable/Payroll/Preparation of Management Reports
  • Negotiate all insurance contracts
  • Prepare budgets for profitability and cash flow
  • Review non-financial KPI’s

You should also ensure that your new business is set-up to comply with all of the necessary taxation registration and reporting standards, including but not limited to:

  • GST
  • BAS
  • PAYG
  • TFN for entity

As well as accounting standards, there are legal requirements that need to be met. You should consider:

  • Conduct a risk management review
  •  Note relevant Acts requiring compliance
  • Prepare Agreements, Terms of Trade and other legal documents to comply with relevant Acts

There are also a wide range of things to consider that are not necessarily accounting or  legal based but are just as important to the operation and longevity of your business.

You must decide whether you will be leasing or purchasing the premises from which your new business will operate. It is very important you:

  • Review locations
  • Negotiate lease terms
  • Check Government grants (State and Federal)

In order to get your new business up and running, and maintain a healthy flow of customers, you need exposure i.e. marketing, as well as the right people on your sales team that understand the product and can sell well.

  • Formulate market plan
  • Branding – logo
  • Website
  • Brochures, business cards, letterheads and With Compliment slips
  • Hire sales force
  • Hire labour force
  • Negotiate contractual agreements and have legal team prepare necessary documentation

At The Quinn Group, we can assist you with all of your requirements when starting up a business, from accounting to legal, we cover it all.  If you require the services of certified accountants and lawyers, please do not hesitate to contact us now by submitting an online enquiry form or call 1300 QUINNS or on +61 2 9223 9166.

For more detailed information on our bookkeeping services, visit our dedicated website All Bookkeeping Solutions.

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The Quinn Group – Providing the Total Solution

As both a legal and accounting firm The Quinn Group are able to offer business legal and accounting services in one location. Visit our Business Legal Services page to see our range of legal services available to your business.

Visit our Personal Accounting Services page for more information on the wide range of Accounting Services that The Quinn Group can provide to you as an individual.

View all our office locations to find The Quinn Group office nearest you, or call us on

1300 QUINNS (1300 784 667) or on +61 2 9223 9166 to arrange an appointment.

Whilst we have 5 offices located in Sydney, we are also able to meet you at location convenient for you. Additionally, we have web and teleconferencing available for regional, interstate or international clients.