Many not-for-profit organisations are now developing income-generating activities to reduce the reliance on government and philanthropic funding, and others are establishing social enterprises to respond to client needs in a sustainable way. The development of business skills and systems is very important in order to meet their organisation’s needs. Even those organisations with no specific commercial activity are seeing the benefit of business skills and systems in many parts of their operations, for example, in costing a new idea or initiative to ensure it is viable and sustainable
As one starting point, there are a number of business tools and resources provided by the Queensland Government which not-for-profit organisations are eligible to access. These are highlighted below.
There are a range of general business tools on the Business and Industry portal:
- Seven Steps to Business Success
- Easy Plan business planning template
- Employing people section
- Skills for running a business
- Ways to Grow Your Business
- Getting Ready To Grow
- Business Growth Through Innovation
- Market Research Kit
- Intellectual Property Info Kit
ABLIS is a free online service that will help you find the right local, Queensland and Australian government licences, permits, registrations, approvals and codes of practice you need to operate a business. You will receive a detailed and personalised report containing:
- a summary of state or territory, local and Australian government requirements
- information about licence fees, how to apply, periods of cover and renewals
- how to access application and renewal forms
- who to contact for more help and information.
This is a very useful tool for any organisation considering establishing a commercial program or social enterprise. This tool might also be useful when setting up a new service or project.
This quiz identifies key areas such as your business suitability, environment, market, operations and finances. It can help you to understand and be prepared for some of the issues you may face when starting and running your business.
As you answer the questions in this short quiz, you will receive a personalised action plan of information, tools and resources to help you become more business ready.