Free resources, online tools and essential websites for your business

Here are some online tools and free resources to make it easier for you to do business – no matter where you are on your business journey.

Resources for new businesses

We have a range of resources for new businesses to help you including, what to ask yourself before you begin, how to write a business plan and starting your new business. has packaged content and advice from across government into tools and resources designed with small and medium-sized businesses, and the people who advise and support them.

You can also search One Check, NZ’s database of TradeMarks, Company names, Domain Names and more.

Callaghan Innovation

 Help businesses succeed through technology and Research and Development.  Access to experts, Innovation skills, collaboration and R&D grants.

Digital Boost

Digital Boost is your free one-stop-shop with the expertise you need to future-proof your business. Sign up to find out how to make the internet work for you.


Soda Inc Waikato

Soda Inc Waikato have created a FREE resource library to help business owners and founders at all stages of business creation and business growth. Please feel free to download and use these resources to help you and your business flourish.

Free Resources | Soda Inc. Waikato

Business Mentors NZ

Business Mentors New Zealand, founded in 1991, is the only independent national business mentoring service provider to the small business sector in New Zealand. The service matches experienced businesspeople, the Mentors, with small business owners.

First Steps – mental health and wellbeing support for business owners

First Steps is a space that encourages business owners, managers, and employees to prioritise wellbeing and awareness, so they can continue to grow impactful and profitable businesses while living balanced and fulfilling lives.

Climate Action Toolbox

Take action to measure and reduce carbon emissions from your business.

Resilient Organisations

While Resilient Organisations is a research and consulting company helping organisations improve their resilience, they are also a social enterprise that aims to provide free resources to help organisations build their own resilience. Their resilience booklets, guides, and tools are designed to be practical easy to read resources for organisations of all sizes and at all stages of their resilience journey. You can find all of their free resources here.

NZ Story

The New Zealand Story business toolkit contains free professional quality resources created to help New Zealand businesses communicate their unique value to the world.

Kea New Zealand

The World Class New Zealand Network, Kiwis helping Kiwis grow internationally. For local businesses considering new international markets, the difference between success and failure could be speaking to influential Kiwis who have succeeded in similar markets.


Wellplace is the Health Promotion Agency’s website where workplaces can find workplace examples, practical tools, ideas and resources on ways to take action on wellbeing topics.

Good4Work is a free online workplace wellbeing tool. It is for small-medium sized workplaces, and any business getting started with workplace wellbeing. It is designed to be used by anyone who understands their workplace’s environment, structure and practices, and can make a difference.

Government Agencies

Other useful websites