Your first steps

Not sure where to start? Get advice on your first business steps and make the right decision

Your first steps to starting your new business:

  1. Make sure your idea is viable
  2. Choose a business name
  3. Choose a business structure
  4. Get a RealMe login
  5. Get a New Zealand Business Number
  6. Secure your business name
  7. Look into regulations
  8. Register your company
  9. Register for GST
  10. Register your trade mark

Browse the full guide created by to help you with your first steps in business. Also check out their full resource hub for other guides on how you can steer your business in the right direction.

Also check out Xero's 17-point checklist on starting a business to get yourself up and running. Xero is a prime example of a New Zealand business growing into a thriving global company. They had a viable business idea and unique selling point and built on that to claim global success.