A hand drawn business plan beside a laptop and notebooks

“A bad system will beat a good person every time.” ~W E DEMING

Starting a new business or becoming self-employed is a bit like building a house…

– it requires a rock-solid foundation. There’s no point adding the fancy décor without a concrete base.

From testing your idea, to registering a trademark, the tips below will outline how to get started and protect your investment for the future.

Embrace good habits from the get-go!

Here’s the low-down on where to begin:

Map it out

What gets you out of bed in the morning and spins your wheels? Is it your new business idea, or just the lure of a strong coffee? It’s best to be confident your ideas will work before you launch.

Use a business plan template (like the One Oh Nine business plan template available to members in early 2019) to think everything through.

Choose a Business name

If you have a business name in mind (even if it’s your own name) use the New Zealand Government ONECheck tool to quickly see if it’s available. With one easy search you’ll see the availability as a business name, trade mark, web domain and social media username. Check out ONECheck now.

Your business name is a crucial part of your brand and should be:

Memorable
Unique
Easy to pronounce
Tell people what you do
Get a NZ Business Number
The New Zealand business number (NZBN) is a unique identifier for your business. Your NZBN links to the information others need in order to work with you, like your company name, phone number or email.

Having this number makes life easier as you don’t have to keep repeating the same information. As a company you automatically get an NZBN, sole traders, self-employed people or partnerships can register online for free.

GET YOUR NZBN

The New Zealand business number (NZBN) is a unique identifier for your business. Your NZBN links to the information others need in order to work with you, like your company name, phone number or email.

Having this number makes life easier as you don’t have to keep repeating the same information. As a company you automatically get an NZBN, sole traders, self-employed people or partnerships can register online for free.

GET YOUR NZBN

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