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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Small businesses account for 95 per cent of all businesses in the State and employ around a third of its labour force. 

Most small businesses in Western Australia are in the following industries:

  • construction;

  • agriculture, forestry and fishing;

  • finance and insurance services;

  • transport, postal and warehousing; and

  • retail trade.

​There are three ways you can own a business in Western Australia.


Buy a business 

Buying an established business can be a big commitment of time, money and energy. For information on what to consider before buying a business, visit the Small Business Development Corporation website​.


Buy a franchise

Franchising is when you use another firm’s successful business model for your independently owned outlet. Read more about buying a franchise on the
Small Business Development Corporation website​


​​​Start a business

Instead of buying a pre-existing business, you may want to start your own.
There is much more involved in starting a new business than buying an existing business (with proven cash flow and profits). 

Visit the Small Business Development Corporation website​ to make sure this option is right for you.