Kiwis are known for their have-a-go attitude and innovation.
Every day in New Zealand, about one to two businesses are born, and set off on the exciting and exhausting adventure of a start-up.
There is much to be said for being one’s boss, taking an idea through to fruition, and earning money doing something you are passionate about. Business start-ups are fuelled by talent and passion, and can be incredibly rewarding if they succeed.
However, as we all know, many small businesses (meaning those businesses with 19 or fewer staff) fail. Of those enterprises begun in the February 2014 year, 85% survived until February 2015, according to Statistics New Zealand.
Longer term, only 27% of companies launched in the February 2005 year survived until their tenth anniversary.
So it’s imperative to have a robust start-up plan.
You may be one of those at the starting line who have a great idea for a business, and want to see it take flight. This can be an exciting, yet daunting time and it can be hard to know where to begin.
Obviously, initially, research is key. Questions might range from: Do I have what it takes to run a business? What are my legal and tax obligations? How do I draw up a business plan?
You’ve come to the right place. We’ve done some of the work for you, and hopefully saved you the bother of trawling through the internet to find the gems.
Here is The List (of sites run by reputable companies who know their stuff with comprehensive start-up advice).