Reply To: Hi my name is Ivan Huyzer. Currently studying Microgreens so I can start my little garage operation and supply Chefs and dairies with fresh ingredients. I have 2 spare bedrooms apart from my garage that I have no use for. I’m curious as to how I could fund such a project. I’ve been struggling to find any work at all. Any advice would be super helpful  🙂 


Morena Ivan – good on you, a couple thoughts, you can get startup support from Work and Income if you are registered with them, check out this link, there are some hurdles to be eligible including (1) being registered (2) proving you are struggling to get work (3) doing a business plan and (4) getting the business plan signed off – https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/self-employment-start-up-payment.html – but they will if you tick all of those boxes.

A few other thoughts that might help (I hope)
– A guide for starting your business – https://www.business.govt.nz/starting-a-business/
– An article I like, it is bit techy but I like how it focuses your mind on what to do when starting a business – https://www.ycombinator.com/library/61-order-of-operations-for-starting-a-startup
– I have a template business plan that a friend shared with me that I quite like, if you email me at andy.hamilton@manaaki.io I can send to you

All the best – Andy