Start-up costing of your business

If you're thinking of starting a business, a start-up costing sheet can help you determine how much money you need to start. It can also help you find the right amount of finance and determine how much money you need to invest from other sources.

How much will it cost to start a business?

Your start-up costing can be prepared well before you start your business and can give you a more realistic idea of what it will cost. Use the items below as a starting point to create your start-up costing sheet, listing all your current or expected start-up costs with each dollar amount. Once you have all of your items listed, total the amounts under your group headings.

Conducting this activity as part of your business planning process will help give you an idea of how much it will cost to start your business. Not all start up costs listed below will be relevant to your business, as these costs will depend on your business structure and type.

Business start-up costs

1. Registrations, including registering for an ABN and Business name registration

2. Licences and permits

3. Domain names registration

4. Intellectual Property (IP) rights protection, including Trade marks/designs/patents

5. Vehicle registration

6. Membership fees

7. Accountant fees

8. Solicitor fees

9. Rental lease cost (Rent advance/deposit)

10.Utility connections & bonds (Electricity, gas, water)

11.Phone connection

12.Internet connection

13.Computer software



16.Stock/raw materials


  • Building & contents

  • Vehicle

  • Public liability

  • Professional indemnity

  • Product liability

  • Workers compensation

18.Business assets

19.Business revenue


21.Stationery & office supplies

22.Marketing & advertising

23.Online business and website set up

24.Total start-up costs (add up all your start-up costs)

Equipment or capital costs

1. Business purchase price

2. Franchise fees

3. Start-up capital

4. Plant & equipment

5. Vehicles

6. Computer equipment

7. Computer software

8. Phones

9. Fax machine

10.Security system

11.Office equipment


13.Shop fit-out

14.Total equipment or capital costs (add up all your equipment or capital costs)

Whether you have already started or intending to start you'll need to fill in actual or estimated figures against each cost item. If using estimated costs, you'll need to label them clearly. When preparing a start-up costing sheet, ensure you also clearly state whether your figures are GST inclusive or exclusive.

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