Started by: moanasmith
in: COVID-19 Funding & Support
Started by: Rhonda
Started by: Jedimaster
Started by: bonjour.havelock
Juanita Neville-Te Rito
Started by: Outpostnz
Started by: RJ
Started by: Island
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
I’m looking to start approaching hair and beauty outlets such as hairdressers and beauticians to sell my products. What margin percentage do they generally require?
How do I know if I’m ready to open a retail store? Is it actually a good idea in the current climate?
Hi, I had some nice advice, thanks all. One of you came back saying “You need to go back to your website structure and try and integrate some structure that means when you enter a book you can map it to genre, author and title at minimum for customers to easily locate. “As I have just used the site that Maanaki set up, how do I do this please? Second hand books……
Hi guys, I have a small online shop that ticks along but I think some products that I’d like to push further are ones that people need to see and feel before buying. I’d love to get these into some stores, but I just don’t know where to start! Questions going around in my head are: Do I need to have stock first before approaching store buyers (some are still in development but I have samples)? What is a typical wholesale margin? What are the agreements (buying vs commission based)? Are there legal implications that I should be thinking about? Is there a ‘retail mentor’ out there or are there other resources that I could look at to help guide me through some of these questions?
How do I approach retail stores about selling my products? Is that a smart move?
We are an online gift registry site that was predominately for weddings prior to Covid19. During Lockdown we added a baby registry which is doing well in terms of sales. With the products we sell for the weddings we have always ordered as required and avoided carrying stock as much as possible. Over the peak season months we order a lot and it’s easy to meet minimums, harder now it’s quiet. What I’m noticing with the baby brands is that we are required to make minimum order values, particularly clothing. The other element of this is that deliveries are taking twice as long. Our shop now function has been popular but because we are not holding stock we order it, it takes 2-4 weeks to arrive and then we send and I don’t feel like this is a great experience for the customer even though I keep in touch with them and let them know. Should we start to build up stock? We might need to get an overdraft to do this – is this a terrible idea at this time? We are online only.
Hi, we are a Bistro & Bar in Picton. We purchased the business in October last year. It was quite run down and we spent money replacing the TAB with a takeaway coffee area. The majority of our customers were tourists. Our landlords give us 2 months off paying rent. We have 3 staff for whom we got the wage subsidy for. Our bank gave us a $15,000 overdraft and we got the IRD loan for $15,400. Our question is how long do you think we should try to keep going before deciding to close. Thank you.
We are a jewellery retail store. We have been keeping customer 1m apart and keeping a contact tracing register. We’ve now been told we don’t need to keep the register but have to have customers 2m apart. Is this correct? We can only be 1m apart at the till, and sometimes are in close contact with customers to measure their fingers for rings.Could someone please clarify?
HI there – a question about the wage subsidy – we are a winter seasonal business, ramping up with staff around this time of year – we usually also have around 14 school kids on our books (Yr8-Yr13) as we have set up a pathway over the last few years to get kids into the winter industry, with on the job training & qualifications. These kids work usually bewteen 6-8 hrs/week over 3 months. Can we apply for the wage subsidy for these kids? I was thinking perhaps about one wage subsidy for every 4 kids? Weird question I know but it’s either getting a subsidy or not having any kids on the books at all for us this season as our business has been decimated – however if we got the subsidy we could keep the trianng program going. Thanks
Hi Experts bonjour-havelock-north.myshopify.comAbove is the link to my online store set up by myself, with remote help from a friend over the last five weeks. It isn’t working. Once you see it I’m sure you’ll know why. It’s clunky, hard to navigate and rather boring. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve attended multiple online courses and am overwhelmed. I’m not tech savvy (circa 1960) but have tried my very best. I have spent a lot of time loading stock onto the store and still have a lot more to do in that regard. I understand I need branding and marketing strategies also. I need help with this too. I’ve owned my store for only 19 months and I love it so much and I’m feeling desperate not to lose it. Thank you in advance for your help.
Hi Team. I would love to have a website for my small business to help it grow
What more can we do to survive as a Retail tourist business in Queenstown
Hi, We own a cafe and was just looking over the restrictions for level 2. How are customers to pay if they are not supposed to come to the counter? If we monitor it one customer at a time is that acceptable?
At Level 2, what is required in a jewellery retail store? Must we sterilise every piece of jewellery that a customer tries on? We have a repair workshop also – must we sterilise every item to be repaired before we inspect it?
I own and manage an independent gift and homewares retail
store on Waiheke Island – islanddesign.co.nz – It was an existing business that
I took over in 2017 and have since evolved to completely refresh the
brand. I had already added an ecommerce offer to our bricks and mortar
store prior to COVID as part of a strategy to grow local trade and reduce the reliance on
tourism – something that is more important than ever now!I’ve focused effort during the lockdown on updating and
promoting our website through our social channels, as well as increasing the
frequency of posts and varying the content (Facebook – @islandwaiheke / Insta –
@islanddesignwaiheke). However, I’m still struggling with conversion to
sales. Facebook insights showed our recent ad reached more than 27,000 people,
but got only 16 link clicks. Despite using location, demographic and
behaviour targeting, no one we know or canvassed could say that they saw the
ad. How can I make our marketing more effective without
increasing the investment? Is spend on Facebook worth the investment, or is
there more I can do to improve organic reach? I’m doing everything myself at
the moment and learning as I go with our social channels, but it can be
somewhat overwhelming. Without any income and the prospect of no tourism
to Waiheke for the foreseeable future, I don’t have the money to spend on
outsourcing this aspect of the business so any advice is greatly