My second business was a training consultant. But this time, it was a bit different. I had the qualifications, the skills, the networks and I had an Australian Business Number “ABN”.
“I wrote up a one page add “LAWNS MOWED” and scribbled my number down and stuck it in the window of the corner shop”
Having the ABN was a game changer. It was a simple process and immediate. I logged onto the Australian Government website, filled out my details and Voilà!, I had an ABN. Now the thing about having an ABN is that I could invoice clients and get paid – wow, what a great concept! So off I went, training my little heart out and I did this for a few years. But like a majority of small businesses it didn’t last long, so I had to go and get a real job. But I had learnt some important lessons, lessons that would serve me well with my future as a business owner.
“the thing about having an ABN is that I could invoice clients and get paid – wow, what a great concept!”
If you’re serious about starting a business, think seriously about getting an ABN. The Australian Business Register website https://abr.gov.au has all the info you need. Also, there are many commercial business registration services on-line that can register your ABN for you. It was a great feeling having an ABN. For me having an ABN was a conscious commitment that I had made to my business and showed the world that I was serious about my business.