How to Start a Business in New Zealand

Shelley.jpgMeet Shelley Crestani - Crestani Communications Limited

Shelley had a very successful career in advertising but always dreamed about being master of her own  destiny.

She took the plunge and launched Crestani Communications in December 2009. 

Shelley had developed strong client relationships within her business and, as with many start-ups, she had a clear view of where she wanted to be but wasn't sure how to get there. 

With that in mind she completed a strategic and business plan with Dean.

 Shelley said "Dean condensed a scary world of business-speak and spreadsheets into common sense. Along with a robust and easily workable business plan I came away with some key learnings.

1. Work with people you know and trust, or who come highly recommended.  Dean's business contacts in the Business Experts Bureau provided a shortcut to sharp practitioners from IT to accountancy - businesses I had never had to deal with before.

2. Back yourself. I was looking to match my agency income but Dean showed me that by getting the business basics right I could double my take-home pay, and more.

3. Know exactly what type of work and what type of clients you need to attract in order to make money.

The DaltonPlan® course was a challenging reality check but at the same time exhilarating and motivating.  I also had some good laughs along the way. I look forward to having Dean to bounce ideas off in the future, to keep the momentum going".



Start Up Success

The first thing you have to do is to get all of your ideas onto paper in the form of a strategic and business plan.

This plan will give you a solid based from which to build your own business.

It’s also a document that you can show to your Bank Manager which illustrates that you have achieved a certain level of business knowledge.

There are some crucial tasks to complete when setting up your business, including:

  •     Registering your company name
  •     Knowing what prices to charge
  •     Setting up any possible partnership contracts
  •     Securing a good lease for your business premises
  •     Securing your business Domain Name
  •     Developing your company brand identity

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