Youth Business Program

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So, you’ve got an idea but you don’t know what to do with it?

Our free ten-part Western Downs Youth Business Program (Launch+ series) will step you through some of the key things you need to know to launch a business as a young person – including building your own Business Models Canvas, branding, marketing, competitor analysis, nailing your value proposition, funding, pitching and more.

This brand new program is delivered in partnership between Western Downs Regional Council and Future Anything.

Welcome to Western Downs Youth Business Program

Introduction delivered in partnership with Future Anything.

Episode One

In this first episode, we run through everything you need to know to make the most of the next nine episodes.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 25 minutes

Episode Two

In this second episode, we run through:

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 25 minutes

Episode Three

In this third episode, we unpack the competitor analysis and unique value proposition. 

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 60-90 minutes

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Episode Four

In this fourth episode, we unpack customer personas and customer channels.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 50 minutes

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Episode Five

In this fifth episode, we unpack branding and marketing.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 60 minutes

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Episode Six

In this sixth episode, we crunch your numbers to make sure you have a financially viable business model.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 60 – 90 minutes

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Episode Seven

In this seventh episode, we work with epic Accountant, Nicola, to unpack a whole bunch of really important things that you need to know to make sure you’re set up for success- including business structures, record keeping, IP, and Tax.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 30-60 minutes.

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Business Structure

Find more information about different business structures here. Each structure has different tax implications so it is best to discuss your situation with an accountant.

Record Keeping & Bookkeeping:

Please find some online bookkeeping services below (note they are listed in order of pricing and sophistication (low to high): Wave | QuickBooks | MYOB | Xero

Organisation tools:

Here are five tools to help with you with day-to-day business management:

  • Apps such as Trello/Asana can be used to help keep your workflow on track throughout the day
  • Back up your work in the cloud so that you can access your files at any time
  • Slack or Google Hangouts are great internal messaging and notice tools
  • Software such as OneNote is a great place to document your business processes (can access online and is more dynamic than MS Word)
  • An online calendar whether it be through your emails or another provider will help you stay on track and help others in your business to collaborate with you more effectively.

Registrations:

Find some more information about different registrations at:
www.business.gov.au/registrations | www.register.business.gov.au/
An accountant will be able to advise you on the relevant registrations for your business and help you apply for them. 

Licences & Permits:

Register Licenses & Permits | Business Licenses & Permits | Australian Business Licensing and Information Service
Undertake this short questionnaire which will help you to determine which licences (if any) are relevant to your business.

Insurance:

Find some more information about different business insurances. We recommend you talk to an expert in this area. 

Intellectual Property:

Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property Explained
A lawyer can help you to protect your intellectual property.

Episode Eight

In this eighth episode, we unpack how to pitch your idea.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 30 – 45 minutes.

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Episode Nine

In this ninth episode, we unpack how to get some funding to launch your idea, including crowdfunding, grants and sponsorships.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 20- 30 minutes

Episode Ten

In this final episode, we run through a summary of everything covered and also unpack a few key pieces of advice to set you up for success.

Total length of time required to deliver this episode: 10-15 minutes.

Stay tuned for more information regarding workshops coming in 2022 or contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624) if you are interested in participating in this free program.

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