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					BUSINESS FEASIBILITY STUDY
Name:

Address:
                                                                                                                            NEIS Program
Phone:                                                   Mobile:                                                            Small Business Centre

Email:                                                                                                                      City Campus:
                                                                                                                            Building 108 Level 6 Room 1
                                                                                                                            239 Bourke Street,
                                                                                                                            Melbourne 3000
Proposed business:                                                                                                          Australia
                                                                                                                            Telephone: (03) 9925 2933
                                                                                                                            Facsimile: (03) 9925 2707

                                                                                                                            Bundoora West campus:
                                                                                                                            Telephone: (03) 9925 7500
                                                                                                                            Facsimile: (03) 9466 8094

Planning is essential in the establishment of a new business. This guide will help you to start planning your
business. If you are proposing to apply for NEIS the information recorded in this guide will form the basis of
the assessment of your readiness to enter the NEIS program.
For best results take sufficient time to find out the information needed to complete the guide. Do not just make
it up or write what you think other people want to hear.
Throughout this guide there are prompts on the type of background information required to support the
development of your business idea. We encourage you to explore all possible avenues to gather information
relevant to your business area. Attach any additional information you think may be useful. This document is a
planning guide only, it is designed to assist you to start the process of developing your business idea.

On completion this document is accorded “Commercial In Confidence” status.

             ELIGIBILITY CHECKLIST
                    Please tick:
             I am registered as unemployed with Centrelink………………………………………………….                                                                  
             I am 18 years or older………………………………………………………………………………                                                                               
             I am able to participate in full time training and work full-time in my proposed business…                                         
             I am receiving a qualifying income support payment           ………………………………...........                                               
             I am not an undischarged bankrupt ………………………………………………………………                                                                         
             I agree to hold and maintain a controlling interest in business during the terms of
              my NEIS participant Agreement……………………………………………………………………                                                                            
             I have not received NEIS assistance in the previous 2 years ………………………………….                                                         
             I have not received NEIS Assistance previously for a similar business activity ……………..                                             
                     My business:
             Has never operated on a commercial basis ………………………………………………………..                                                                   
             Is independent, lawful and reputable …………………………………………………................                                                           
             Does not involve the purchase or take-over of an existing business …………………………                                                      
             Will not compete directly with existing businesses unless it can be demonstrated
              that there is an unsatisfied demand for the product/service or the product/service
              is to be provided in a new way …………………………………………………………………….                                                                         
             Will be established and operated solely in Australia …………………………………..............                                                   

                       Signed: __________________________________________ Date:                                  _______________



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              The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
YOUR BUSINESS IDEA
The following questions are designed to assist you in the development of your business idea, your vision for the
future of the business and to detail the expertise that you bring to your new business venture.
What are your reasons for wanting to start your own small business?




What are your objectives for your business over the next twelve months?




What are your objectives for your business over the following two years?




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YOUR BUSINESS IDEA cont.
List all the products and/ or services that you plan to provide at the commencement of the business.




List all the products and/ or services that you plan to provide in the future.




Who will operate the business?




Who else will be employed by the business immediately?




Who else will be employed by the business in the future?




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            The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
FINANCES
CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS

This section will help you to calculate the amount of money you need to get your business underway.
It also looks at your ability to gain finances and whom you will approach if finance is necessary.

List all the equipment that you will need for the business, eg: Plant and equipment, fittings, tools,
office furniture, computer equipment.

Already Own                                                                              Approximate value




Total                                                                                    $

Need to acquire                                                                          Approximate value




Total                                                                                    $




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FINANCES cont.
START UP EXPENSES

What are your Start Up Expenses?

Complete the following checklist of Business start up expenses.

                     Business Name                                $
                     Registration

                     Insurance                                    $

                     Initial Stock                                $

                     Licences and Permits                         $

                     Advertising and Promotion                    $

                     Printing and Stationery                      $

                     Lease/Bond                                   $

                     Telephone             - Landline             $
                                           - Mobile               $

                     Other                                        $

                     Other                                        $

                     TOTAL                                        $


                     What finance do you need to raise now?




                     How do you intend to raise the Finance?


                                          Personal Income
                                          Bank Loan
                                          Building Society
                                          Family
                                          Friends
                                          Other




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FINANCES cont.
POTENTIAL INCOME/TURNOVER

Pricing
Explain how you calculated the cost of producing your product/service




Turnover
Expected turnover in the 1st year – How did you calculate this?




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FINANCES cont.

WHAT EXPENSES WILL YOU INCUR OVER THE FIRST 12 MONTHS OF OPERATION

Complete the following checklists of projected business expenses for the first 12 months of operation of
your business. .

                     Accounting                                   $
                     Advertising                                  $
                     Bank Charges                                 $
                     Cleaning                                     $
                     Fuel, Light & Power                          $
                     Insurance                                    $
                     Interest                                     $
                     Internet Service Provider                    $
                     Lease                                        $
                     Legal                                        $
                     Motor Vehicle
                     - Fuel and Oil                               $
                     - Registration & Insurance                   $
                     - Repairs and Maintenance                    $
                     Postage                                      $
                     Printing                                     $
                     Protective Clothing                          $
                     Purchases
                     - Equipment                                  $
                     – Stock                                      $
                     - Raw materials                              $
                     Rent/Bond                                    $
                     Stationery                                   $
                     Superannuation                               $
                     Telephone             - Landline             $
                                           - Mobile               $
                     WorkCover                                    $
                     Other                                        $
                     TOTAL                                        $




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FINANCES cont.

What are your current monthly financial commitments?

                     Rent/Mortgage                                            $
                     Personal loans                                           $
                     Schooling                                                $
                     Petrol                                                   $
                     Car running                                              $
                     Food                                                     $
                     Clothing                                                 $
                     Recreation                                               $
                     Medical                                                  $
                     Other                                                    $
                     Other                                                    $
                     Other                                                    $
                     Other                                                    $
                     Other                                                    $


                     TOTAL                                                    $




List any current mortgages, personal loans, hire purchase, leasing other commitments you hold.


                     Financial                         Type of loan                      Repayment             Period of loan
                     Institution                                                         per month

                                                                                         $

                                                                                         $

                                                                                         $

                                                                                         $

                                                                                         $




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            The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
MARKET RESEARCH
Market research involves collecting information about your market segment – where they live, what their
income is, what they spend their income on – anything about them that will help you ensure your product
is attractive to them.
Market research will involve:
         Talking to people who are in similar fields jewellery
         Talking to your “target market” (i.e. people you believe will use/buy your product or service).
         Talking to people who have specialist knowledge of the industry you are entering.
         Sourcing written material specific to your area of interest.
         Gathering statistical data relevant to your area of interest.
Prepare your questions before you approach people.
To find out about your target market you must be prepared to ask “hard questions” or exploratory questions that
will give you a sound understanding of your target market, how they think and what will appeal to them.
To ensure that the information gathered is relevant, select people who have detailed knowledge and experience
in the industry sector you propose to enter.
Ask targeted questions, designed to provide realistic feedback on your business idea. Accordingly questions
should be framed to draw information on the positives and negatives of the industry sector you propose entering.
For a business to be successful there must be enough people who want to buy your product or service.
You also need to ensure your product or service is accessible to the people who may want to buy it. It
has to be available in the right places in the right quantities and presented in a way that will be attractive
to your customer. The people you are aiming your product at are your “target market” or “market
segment”.
In the space below, write down the questions you will ask to identify your market segment eg
1.       Why would you choose this product/service?
2.       How would describe most people who buy this product/service?
3.       Where would you look to find this product/service?
4.       What would you expect to pay for this product/service?
5.       How often would you buy this product?
6.       If you would like more information about this product, contact……




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MARKET RESEARCH cont.
Number of questionnaires                                                      Results




Person consulted                                                                                    Date




Summarize the information collected during this consultation.




Profile your prospective customer or “market segment”
(i.e.:- where do they live? how much do they earn? how old are they? are they men? women? etc.)




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SALES & DISTRIBUTION
Why will your prospective clients use your product or service?




How will you sell your product or service? (eg: from home, production point, door to door, wholesale, retail,
mail order etc.).




Will you sell your product to the wholesale or retail market?




Who will the wholesaler sell to?




Will you sell locally, regionally, statewide, nationally or internationally?




How will you deliver your product to the point of sale?




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Competition


Find out if other businesses are providing the same or a similar product or service. To do this, look at ads in the
local paper, check the phone book and talk to people.

If there are other businesses providing your product or service, then you need to establish very clearly that there
is an unsatisfied demand in the marketplace which your business will target.

It is important that you know your competition. Learn from what they do well, identify what you can do better.

Competition does not just come from businesses that are the same or similar to yours, you are competing for the
dollars that people spend in that “market segment”.

Report your findings.

Who is your competition?




What do they do well?




What can you do better/differently?
How does your business address unsatisfied market need?




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GETTING STARTED
Look in the phone book and/or local paper and talk to other people in the service or industry to find out who
provides the best service delivery or has the best equipment and follow up service.
Consider terms, discounts, delivery time, maintenance contracts, second hand goods etc.
Where will you obtain the equipment for your business?

          Local suppliers
          Melbourne
          Interstate
          A nearby town
          Overseas

Do you intend to buy, lease, hire purchase or rent the equipment for your business?




STOCK
When considering which supplier you will obtain your stock from, you need to first find out the reliability of that
supplier, the credit terms they provide, the type and quality of the stock they distribute, the consistency of supply,
what follow up support and technical advice they provide.

What stock will you purchase on a regular basis?




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LICENCES & PERMITS
Business Name registration
(Provide details or evidence of research undertaken on requirements).




ABN/GST Registration
(Provide details or evidence of research undertaken on requirements).




The Business Licensing Information Service & Small Business Victoria can provide information on many
things for Small Business. You also need to check with your local council to make sure you comply with
any regulations they may have.

What essential licences/permits do you need to operate your business?
(Provide details or evidence of research undertaken on requirements).




Insurance requirements
(Provide details of Quote obtained or evidence of investigation undertaken on Requirements).




Please Note:
1.   NEIS Business are expected to have insurance coverage appropriate to the Business and the industry.
2.   Such insurance should be what a reasonable, informed, person would consider appropriate for the business.
3.   Appropriate insurance for the business and industry should be determined during the NEIS training and incorporated in the
     prospective participant’s final Business Plan.

Proposed Premises – Home based or Commercial Premises. Location.




Ownership Structure – Sole trader/ Partnership/Company




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YOUR BUSINESS IDEA
What Small Business experience do you have?




List the skills you need to operate this business.




What skills do you have now that will allow you to produce your proposed product or provide your service?




What skills do you need to gain to further develop your product or provide your service?




Tick areas that you currently hold business management skills in
 Bookkeeping                                           Record Keeping
 Marketing                                             Personnel Management
 Time Management                                       Motivation
 Communication skills                                  Planning and Goal Setting
 Insurance                                             Business Licensing and regulation
 Customer Service                                      Other
We recommend that you attach your current resume and relevant qualifications.


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