Tips for preparing a business plan

  • Be clear and focused about what you want to achieve – this will help align your team so you’re all working toward the same thing.
  • Choose the type of business plan that works for you – you may like to have a document, or a business canvas might work better.
  • Keep it short, simple and easy to understand.
  • Keep your goals realistic and relevant to what is going on in the economy and in your industry.
  • Use Stats NZ’s Data for Business website to find useful business tools and statistics.
  • Contact Stats NZ to get useful business data.
  • Get out and speak with your customers to gain an understanding of how your product works for them and whether it’s something they would pay for.
  • Do a SWOT analysis to determine your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
  • Ask your advisor or mentor to review your plan and give you feedback and suggested improvements.

Data for Business — Stats NZ

Startup Business Plan

Use this free template to help you write a great plan for launching your new business.

A business plan helps you set goals for your business, and plan how you’re going to reach them.  When you’re starting out it’s a good idea to do a full and thorough business plan

Business plan template

Quickfire Business plan

Quick-focus planning to make sure you work on the right things for your growing business – every day.

It’s important to take time to reflect on your business strategies and plan.  It doesn’t have to be a difficult or time-consuming task.

Quick-fire Business plan



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