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Be your own boss

Start your business without barriers.

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New Zealand is the world’s No.1 for ‘Starting a Business’ according to the World Bank’s 2013 rankings.

If you’re looking to set up or buy a business, New Zealand is about the easiest place in the world do it. In fact, we topped the rankings for ‘Starting a Business’ in the World Bank’s Doing Business survey in both 2012 and 2013. The survey also found that, after Singapore and Hong Kong, we’re the easiest place in the world to do business.

We were ranked the world’s least corrupt nation, together with Denmark and Finland, by Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012.

Open for business

New Zealanders are an independent-minded bunch so there’s a lot of admiration and support for people who strike out on their own.

The economy is highly deregulated so there’s less paperwork to complete. Once you’ve done all your homework and you’re certain you’re ready to take the plunge, getting set up can take just a matter of days. It’s easy getting started here, because officialdom puts fewer barriers in your way.

There are lots of other reasons why New Zealand is a great place for entrepreneurship.

Our society is stable and our people are open and honest. We were ranked least corrupt country on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2011. The legal system protecting your assets and rights is strong, and there are no restrictions on moving money in or out of the country.

There are work and residence visas available for owning and operating a business or investing in New Zealand.

Read more about starting a business and the support available in the 'Investing in NZ' section and at business.govt.nz.

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