In the last week I’ve read about several interesting and diverse new business ventures throughout the country.

Radio NZ profiled Linde Olivier Louwe – a former office manager – who has taken up snail farming

Wellington record shop owner Benjamin James has taken his shop on the road with a mobile record store

In Christchurch, Anthony Gardiner has turned an idea to get his fussy dogs to eat cheaper cuts of meat into a profitable small business while in Queenstown, Kelsey Powell has founded a unique online relocation service that helps people from the moment they decide to leave home until they are settled in New Zealand.

What all these ideas have in common is that the instigators have identified a niche, researched their idea and responded with a product, then marketed accordingly.

They are entrepreneurs with startup companies.

There are many resources in the Wellington City Libraries collections that can assist you expand that idea into the reality of a business.

Here’s some of the most recent additions available to WCL members
Boss it : control your time, your income and your life / Reader, Carl
“Do you dream of ditching the day job, doing your own thing and being your own boss? Are you ready to Boss It? In this invigorating and highly practical book, serial entrepreneur Carl Reader provides exactly the fire and guidance you need to get started. Designed to cut through the business jargon, this handy guide will take you through everything you need to establish and run your own business – from the mindset it takes to turn a dream into a plan, to the need-to-know practical stuff for running and growing a business. Featuring case studies, templates and exercises to help you put what you read into action, and turn that dream into a reality, this motivational book will enable you to be your own boss, to take control of your income, your time and your life… and Boss It”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Silver linings : Kiwi success stories in the time of Covid / Downs, David
“The Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand caused fear, hardship and loss. Through this time of unprecedented national hardship, however, there emerged incredible stories of hope and optimism. Businesses innovated and found new ways to create value, communities came together in new ways online, and families reconnected through time spent together”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

Why startups fail : a new roadmap for entrepreneurial success / Eisenmann, Thomas R.
“Presents information how to spot and sidestep roadblocks on the entrepreneurial journey and sets readers on a path to startup success.” (Catalogue)

Survive & thrive : entrepreneurship frameworks that work : easy to follow how-to-guides, to create your entrepreneurial initiative / Kewene-Hite, Paul
“This book is designed for entrepreneurs, and hopeful entrepreneurs, of all ages, education levels, and backgrounds. The frameworks in this book have been used successfully in coaching and training individuals and groups in high schools, business schools, governments, and companies of all sizes across industries around the world. The frameworks have also been used successfully by individuals on their own at home. This book will shine a light onto various entrepreneurial paths, helping you see a way forward so that you can create a startup; build around science & technology; plan software; launch inside corporate, family business, school, and government; explore acquisitions; puzzle through turnarounds; lead during a crisis; evaluate your career; shift into a lifestyle career; positively impact people and the planet with a social venture; lead volunteers; strategize sales; and document your ideas for technology. Use these frameworks as power tools to help you do more than survive… learn to thrive!” (Catalogue)

On entrepreneurship and startups.
“The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers’ needs. If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your company for enduring success. Leading experts and practitioners such as Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, Steve Blank, and Reid Hoffman provide the insights and advice you need to: Build a business from the ground up Adopt lean startup practices like business model experimentation Be realistic about how prescient your business plan can truly be Focus on the most important part of your business: the people Connect powerfully with your audience of investors and customers – Understand where companies with the most impact are launching now– Provided by publisher” (Catalogue)

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Kids and business : encouraging the young entrepreneur

Last week the posts focused on the older demographic in the workplace.  Today, because it’s still school holidays, its a good time to encourage the kids’ creativity and entrepreneurial skill set.

Does Miss 14 see her career path including making millions as a Tiktok influencer?  Is Mister 10 talking about ways to make money to upgrade his playstation?  Seize the opportunity to harness that energy and get the kids learning about how to run a business.

WCL has a collection of books aimed at the children and young adult demographic that will provide them with money making ideas as well as teaching how to develop and market their product.  It’s never too soon to be entrepreneurial.

For the younger members of the family who keen on cooking check out :

How to make money from cooking and baking / Storey, Rita
“Do you have a fantastic business idea but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you love cooking and baking and want to make some money from something you enjoy doing. This book is a fantastic guide containing all the tips and tricks you need to your cooker into a profitable enterprise and become a young entrepreneur (a Kidpreneur!). Sample areas covered include: designing brand images, conducting market research, writing a business plan and understanding restrictions and the law. If you simply want to make some money for charity there’s a guide to this area as well. There is a strong emphasis on how to keep safe and what dangers to be aware of, for example in dealing with people in your money-making enterprise. It is part of the How to Make Money series – books that turn young people into young entrepreneurs, whether they’re into cooking, computers, upcycling or simply using their spare time profitably! (Publisher’s website)” (Catalogue)

Kid start-up : how you can be an entrepreneur / Cuban, Mark
“The stars of ABC’s Shark tank explain how a kid can discover a great business idea and get it off the ground.” (Catalogue)




For some inspiration from those who have been there and done that have a look at :

Brilliant businesskids : young entrepreneurs with global ambitions / Burston, Jo
“This book follow the stories of young entrepreneurs from around the globe who have grown their Simple Ideas into businesses and social enterprises that span their own countries, and even The World. Eleven incredibly talented young founders describe in their own words the challenges and opportunities they faced designing, launching and marketing their products, and driving change through their social initiatives. They explain their journey from startup, revealing how their entrepreneurial journey has shaped them personally. This book shows that by encouraging children and teenagers to start businesses and social enterprises when they’re still at school, teachers and parents can equip them with business skills and practical knowledge that could stay with them for life. For children and teenagers globally, who dream of turning their entrepreneurial ideas into reality, this book is designed and illustrated especially for you! It’s packed with insights from kids who dared to believe in themselves. If these Brilliant BusinessKids can do it, then so can you!” (Catalogue)

For the older age group there is inspiration to be found in Henry Patterson’s book

Young and mighty : your secret weapon for earning some money, changing the world, and spending your future doing what you love / Patterson, Henry
“You can turn your passion into more than just a hobby. When he was 9 years old, Henry Patterson (now aged 14) turned his sweet stall into a story book and children’s brand, which led to an international business that took him around the world, meeting fantastic people along the way – including Sir Richard Branson and the co-founder of Instagram, Mike Krieger. In Young and Mighty, Henry not only shows how to start your own business at any age, he also shares 30 tried-and-tested ways to earn some money right now, as well as 20 fun methods for fundraising for causes that matter to you. Young and Mighty is for those who want to find what makes them tick, for those who want to change the world, for those who just want to have fun. Grab it and go make your unique mark on the world!” (Catalogue)

Although an older publication there is still good advice to be found in

The young New Zealander’s guide to entrepreneurship / Hunter, Ian
“… an inspirational and practical guide to starting your own business. Fully endorsed by the Young Enterprise Scheme, the book is filled with great advice from winning teams, business mentors and hot tips from some of New Zealand’s leading business people” — Cover.” (Catalogue)

And remember the Prosearch team doesn’t have an age limit for customers.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. Or call 021 596 274

Senior entrepreneurs

Seniors Week! FRI 1-8 OCT

While many people think of an entrepreneur as a young, often male, go-getting, techie type research has suggested that older people have a wide range of passions, knowledge and life/career experience that makes them just as creative and entrepreneurial as the younger generation.

In keeping with current global trends more older New Zealanders are becoming entrepreneurs.  Recent research published by Dr Judith Davey who conducted 20 in-depth interviews with people who had started new businesses after the age of 50, found they’re not just motivated by money.  You can listen to the Radio NZ interview with Dr Davey here

In Wellington there is a support network for the senior entrepreneurs in the form of a meetup group.

And to prove its never too late, this inspiring Youtube Ted talk by Paul Tasner How I became an entrepreneur at 66 may well motivate you to take the plunge and start up your own business.

From the WCL collection, there is a huge range of material aimed at those starting their own businesses but for the older person check out :

Ageless startup : start a business at any age / Terrien, Rick
“Ageless Startup guides retirees through the world of entrepreneurship. The book discusses what it takes to start a business at an advanced age, how seniors set themselves apart from their younger competitors, and provides general business startup guidance”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

There has never been a better time to start your own business, but taking that leap of faith can seem like a daunting risk rather than an exciting new venture. But here’s the truth: Your community needs you. The world needs you. You have time to make a difference, and you have the experience, resilience, and drive to make it.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. Or call 021 596 274

Māori entrepreneurship

The Māori Women’s Development Inc has announced that nominations for the MWDI Māori Women’s Business Awards 2021 are now being accepted.

Be in quick as nominations close on September 5th 2021.  Learn more here

Wellington based entrepreneurs may find the following resources, available through Wellington City Libraries, of value.

Whāriki : the growth of Māori community entrepreneurship / Kawharu, Merata
“Understanding what drives enterprise within an indigenous cultural space is not widely understood in New Zealand. Whāriki reveals how kin-based business ventures created by Māori have promoted social, economic and environmental well-being from the whenua (land) up. Its core is eight case studies – some arising from iwi-driven ideas, some ideas from marae-based whānau. These range from a bee school in Northland, ginseng growing in the King Country, to the rehabilitation of Māori prisoners in Dunedin and a web-engaged response to accessing tribal marae. Always reaching into ancestral ties and lessons to provide guidance and foundation for their ideas, these businesses are wrapped in cultural approaches that engage kin communities in improving the wellbeing of their iwi, hapu and whanau. This book explores the successes, the failures, the learnings and the futures of these opportunities for Māori”–Publisher’s website.” (Catalogue)

Also newly added is

Tikanga : living with the traditions of te ao Māori / Tipene, Francis
“Francis and Kaiora Tipene share how they bring the traditional values of tikanga Māori into day-to-day living and what they learnt about the concepts of te ao Māori growing up … more of their life experiences juggling five sons, three businesses, a television show and a life filled with joy, spirituality and tikanga”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

This publication is also available here in e-book format

If you require more information on this topic please contact our team via email  or on 021 596 274