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Resources for small business owners


Owning and running a small business can be a rewarding experience. Throughout the business journey, you will come across many opportunities and challenges, and there is a range of support available to help you respond to these opportunities and challenges.

As a small business owner, you are your business’ most valuable asset. Operating a small business presents a range of unique challenges and stressors. These include working long hours, feeling isolated, dealing with cash flow issues and worrying about major business decisions.

Taking the time to prioritise your wellbeing is investing in the future and prosperity of your business. There is a range of tools and resources available to help you thrive.

Advice from Small Business Coaches

Gain advice from four small business coaches on why it is important to prioritise your wellbeing, and tips to help you get there.

Five Minute Mental Health Check-Up

If you want to take control of your wellbeing, you might like to start by completing the Ahead for Business Mental Health Check-up questionnaire. This is an anonymous online tool that helps you self-assess your mental health, and gives you tips on managing stress, setting goals and tracking your wellbeing.

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Resources

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) provides dispute resolution assistance to small businesses involved in a disagreement with other businesses or Government agencies, to aid a solution without having to go to court.

Through their Small Business Concierge Service (Concierge Service), ASBFEO helps small businesses decide if an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for review of an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) decision is an appropriate pathway to resolution. The Concierge Service guides and supports the small business through the AAT process.

Beyond Blue Supporting small business owners to improve their mental health and wellbeing at work guide

If you are a family member, friend, or work contact of a small business owner, this resource guide provides you guidance on what to do if you have concerns about their mental health and wellbeing. It includes guidance on providing immediate support as well as how to speak with them to help them improve their situation.  Beyond Blue Supporting small business owners to improve their mental health and wellbeing at work guide.

Entrepreneurship Facilitators

Entrepreneurship Facilitators are available through the Entrepreneurs’ Programme to help you get your ideas off the ground and encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment. Facilitators can refer you to a variety of activities and support to help you start your business.

Digital businesses

Small businesses around Australia can access support to grow their digital capabilities through the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions and the digital business website. ASBAS offers small businesses low cost, high quality advice on a range of digital solutions.