Started by: moanasmith
in: COVID-19 Funding & Support
Started by: Te Miringa Parkes
Started by: Adrienne Whitewood
Started by: asomaliu
Started by: Heartfeltannie
Started by: Sean Hurst Design
Started by: Mia
Started by: Brian Adam
Started by: Familycentre
Started by: Anonymous
Started by: Bill Sevele
Juanita Neville-Te Rito
Started by: Fire Fonua
hi there other than the wage subsidy is there any other support out there for small businesses I have 2 businesses Renovations and a labour hire…thank youMoana
Hi there!I am wanting to launch a lounge apparel wear in NZ however im worried about the seasons. By the time i am in a position to launch it would be summer time!Is there any advice on seasonal businesses? Do you think i should go ahead and launch a lounge wear business during summer or hold off due to timing…Kind regards,Te Miringa
Hi Anna I completed work experience with you years ago anyway I have had my own clothing store ahu in Rotorua (this was also your old store ) and brand Adrienne Whitewood for 7+ years we are wanting to diversify or change up what we are doing what are your top advice tips for retail now we are online by the way also what are your ideas around diversifying and growing retail fashion at this time? Ngā mihiAdrienne
Hi there, I launched my online business nearly 2 years ago. Sales have been growing since January and I have finally been able to start paying myself a small amount each week. My brand is called Sandy Days NZ, I feel that as I’m growing my aesthetic is becoming more clear but I’m struggling to get the momentum and sales I need to really step up my business. I’ve just signed on a digital marketing agency that are doing my fb and insta ads but sales are only drips and drabs and I’m losing money every day as it’s still early days with the ads and I know they take time to work. I’m wondering if you have any organic ways to grow brand awareness or any online courses you can recommend to really start nailing and scaling the business. I don’t hold all the stock on hand to help lower the overheads but I’m wondering if this is a deterrent to potential customers as they have to wait 2-3 weeks for their products? My website is www.sandydays.co.nzthanks so much,Sarah
I design and make womans clothing, soon to sell online, what’s the best way to sell, promote, advertise my clothing o line in nz the business consists of only me and my budget is very limited
Hi there, I have a small clothing/counselling business catering for plus size women operating for 2 years. Prior to the covid19 business was ok, however with the lockdown everything has come to a halt and i feel stuck of which way to go? should i work the marketing side of things on social media or do a quick sale to generate the business again. Any advise or information will be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Hi team! I am loving the live chat sessions and even though I’m just starting out I’m finding them helpful! I was just wondering if the 1000 websites have been allotted yet? If so, any chance of any more?
Used to be in film but not sure where to go now?
Need help to stay relevant on Social Media and help with Facebook advertising to crank up sales at the other end of this…
If I get requests from my website etc can I send products out?
Hi there, thank you to the experts for sharing your time, it is appreciated so much.I am the manager of a high end Charity retail store in Napier- we sell most items you would find in recycle shops, however the majority of our sales come from pre-loved designer/ NZ made fashion. We rely on volunteers to help run our store., the majority of whom are in the most vulnerable age group if they contracted the Covid virus. Our charity has been serving the HB community for over 30 years & provides counselling, parenting courses, budgeting advice, childcare and social services to 2500 vulnerable families.Our retail store was set up 2 years ago and is our main income stream to support our services, we have done incredibly well and prior to the shutdown. We do get some govt funding but rely on the shop income and associated events to make up the shortfall. We have had to cancel 3 events as a result of the shutdown and our store will not be able to reopen for some time- who knows how long that will be ! I am looking at opening an online store using Shopify to try to get some income but my worry is that the demand on our services will increase with peoples mental health deteriorating during this time , we will end up with more people needing us and less income to support that. Can anyone please help ? Is it appropriate to be asking for help from businesses/ sponsorship at a time when everyone else is struggling ? Are there any other ideas on fundraising ? When we come out o this all charities will be facing the same problems. Thank you for your time.
Hi Team,Over the last year or so, my Sister and I have been brainstorming, researching and learning what we need to, to start our little side business. Our services fall in beauty and fashion.Due to the lockdown, we’ve invested way more time in planning and studying etc however, we’re now unsure if we should even start a business that is close-contact whilst there is no cure for Covid-19 yet.Would you suggest we hold off on this business venture until the foreseeable future?Thank you all for your time to help all of us during these uncertain times.Warmest regards,xo
I run a made to measure formalwear business – suits, formal shoes, shirts etc.Our primary market are weddings and corporates. At this stage weddings have been canceled or postponed more often than not, an entire year. Corporates are working from home in the majority of cases. Current target market aren’t necessarily interested in buying our current product range, and although our suits are extremely affordable for made to measure from $590. It’s not a product like a coffee which is easy to pre purchase. We’ve decided to expand into things like sweaters, track suits, things people are wearing, and reselling to customers who’ve bought our other products from us in the past/new customers through Facebook ads. But there’s nothing innovative about these, we aren’t a stereotypical fashion brand that releases seasonal stuff. Unsure if there is anything else we can do or if this is even the right strategy to have cashflow to cover the next 6-8 months till we can start taking deposits for coming weddings/corporates come back/are still willing to spend?
Hey there, first of all thank you for your service on these hard times.Before this lockdown i was planning on starting a clothing line business and didnt know how to.I want want to know if there’s a better way that i could launch my business during or after this crisis. I’m definitely willing to put in the work and learn to get my business up and going. However, im in need of a mentor or guidance from someone who’s done and been through it before and is willing to advise me some insight on how i can provide value to start and grow my business.
How can I still make sales?