Miriam Feiler knows what it’s like to be an inexperienced entrepreneur trying to make ends meet.
She was five months pregnant with her first child when she lost her job and decided to start her own business helping Australians wanting to sell goods and services overseas.
Now, a decade and three businesses later, she’s one of the founding members of a not-for-profit website giving budding entrepreneurs free advice and training.
The privately-funded Start Up Australia website, which launched on Wednesday, aims to encourage more people to set up their own businesses.
Ms Feiler says she often yearned for contact with more experienced business owners during the early years of her career.
“I had no idea what I was doing. I was just learning as I went,” she said.
“Not only would I have learnt important skills and strategies to build my business, but it would have given me incredible confidence and reassurance.”
One of Start Up Australia’s first events will be an online seminar with 50 Australian business owners.
They’ll share their stories and give watchers tips during fifty hours of video.
Australia is the latest of 44 countries to adopt a StartUp program.
The involved nations meet twice a year to discuss best practice and exchange ideas.