Getting started

Advice and tools to help with setting up in business.

Start your own business

Ministry of Social Development

Work and Income have a range of supports to help you if you’re starting your own business.

About What it's about

Supporting people to develop and start their own business.

Who Who it's for

Each type of support has different criteria you need to meet, these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

Offers What it offers

You can get help with:

  • advice and training on how to start a business
  • help with essential start-up costs
  • subsidies for living costs while you’re getting started.

Flexi-wage

Ministry of Social Development

If you are out of work and want to start your own business but need some support, Work and Income may be able to help with Flexi-wage Self-employment.

About What it's about

If you’re out of work and want to start your own business, Flexi-wage Self-employment may be able to support you and help with costs while you get started.

Who Who it's for

You may be able to get Flexi-wage Self-employment if you’re:

  • within New Zealand’s working-age population
  • out of work
  • disadvantaged in the labour market (which means you have, or are expected to have, difficulty getting or keeping a job), and
  • at risk of long-term unemployment.

Offers What it offers

Flexi-wage Self-employment includes:

  • $600 a week over 28 weeks, totalling $16,800 (pro-rated for those pursuing self-employment part-time)
  • funding support through a Business, Training and Advice Grant, up to $5,000.

Employment New Zealand website

Employment New Zealand

The Employment New Zealand website provides a wide range of information and resources, to help employers and employees understand their rights and obligations. Employment New Zealand is part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

About What it's about

The website provides practical, operational, and best practice employment information to help employers and employees understand what they can do and how they should do it.

Who Who it's for

The website is free to use for any member of the public. This includes both employers and employees, but also any other individuals and organisations.

Offers What it offers

The information on the website aims to support positive relationships between employers and employees, and to promote safe, fair, and harmonious workplaces.

Employment Learning Modules

Employment New Zealand

The Employment Learning Modules on the Employment New Zealand website are free to access. These will help you and your employees learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

About What it's about

The Employment Learning Modules are short online courses on a range of topics relating to employment – working arrangements, employment agreements, pay and wages, etc. The new module, ‘An Introduction to Your Employment Rights’, comes in 8 different languages, and also comes with a voice-over function.

Who Who it's for

The modules are free to access, use, and sign up for, by any member of the public. This includes both employers and employees, but also any other individuals and organisations.

Offers What it offers

You and your employees will gain a better understanding of your rights and responsibilities under New Zealand employment law.

Choose business structure

business.govt.nz

Each different way to structure your business has different legal and financial obligations. Most businesses in New Zealand are sole traders, companies, or partnerships.

About What it's about

There are different ways to structure your business, depending on how you plan on running it.

Who Who it's for

Anyone thinking of starting a business

Offers What it offers

Answer three quick questions to see which structure is best suited for your business idea.

Workplace Policy Builder

business.govt.nz

Policies set out the rules for your workplace. They tell your workers what you expect from them, and what they can expect from you.

About What it's about

Workplace policies, together with employment agreements, are a great foundation for employment relationships.

Who Who it's for

All employers.

Offers What it offers

Build a workplace policy to let your workers know what to expect at work.

Employment Agreement Builder

business.govt.nz

Create tailored employment agreements for your staff. Employment agreements are a legal requirement and a great foundation for an employment relationship.

About What it's about

Employment agreements are a legal requirement for all employees.

Who Who it's for

All employers.

Offers What it offers

Create tailored employment agreements for your staff.

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