25 Aug 09 9:36 pm
It really depends what sort of scale you intend doing business on - if you are planning a big operation with lots of outsourced workers and PPC campaigns then you will want some financial advice in the form of an accountant (here in Christchurch Russell Rodgers is a good choice
) but if you are starting small then you could probably get by doing it yourself (if you're organised) or employing a bookkeeper or something like SBA.
As a small business your main obligation is tax and the www.ird.govt.nz
website is full of good advice for business owners. If you register your business as a company with the companies office you'll need an IR4 return but if not you can complete it as part of your own personal IR3 return (included as business income).
The only other consideration is GST and if you choose to be GST registered (only compulsory if your annual turnover is in excess of $60,000) then you'll need to submit a GST return every few months. If you do get GST registered I would recommend using a program like xero.com to keep track of it otherwise GST time will be the biggest headache in the world for you!
Hope that helps to get you started on the right track!