50 Shades of Business Immigration New Zealand
This article is about 50 shades of business immigration New Zealand. The article is not only about 50 shades of business immigration – it is in fact about much, much more…
It is for everyone who dreams about New Zealand. This article is for everyone who is sitting “on the fence” thinking about “should I stay?” or “should I jump and go?”. Should you stay in the country where you know “everything” and feel like a “fish in the water” due to the fact that you know the culture, traditions, religion… food, you name it. The country, where your neighbour is your neighbour (despite the fact that he is or she is a weirdo…) 🙂
Go and live in the country so, so far away… from everything and everyone… The country that only four million people call “home”. The country with many religions, traditions and full of unfamiliar cultures. For instance, in New Zealand dogs are only allowed to walk on a public beach after 6PM so that they don’t bother people on the beach. Just think – the country has 10 times more sheep than people. Are you getting the picture?
Even if you would never put your foot into New Zealand, yet this article is for you.
50 shades of business immigration New Zealand are for you if you think “I would like to know how “they” do business in New Zealand”.
50 shades of business immigration New Zealand don’t aim to make you decide or to push you
towards one side of the argument – “should I stay?” or “should I go?”. The decision is in fact yours to take. This article is about my view about the country I call home. New Zealand has been my home for the last 15+ years. This article is here to help you “feel” the country the way you would feel it if you were in my shoes. I do hope that my view is almost the same as yours, unless you feel otherwise.My intention with this article is to tell you what I think about everyday life in New Zealand.
By now, I have lived in a few different places and countries around the world. So let’s agree that I know “life” just a little 🙂 – here in New Zealand and on the other side of the globe. Hopefully, my knowledge will help you “see” New Zealand even better than it is. 🙂
Keep in mind that in any way this article should not be seen as a piece of advertising for New Zealand. I am not an immigration consultant. If you do need an immigration services provider, please do your own research or visit www.immigration.govt.nz
This article is about 50 shades of business immigration New Zealand from a business point of view only. All Aspects discussed in this article are chosen at “random” – so do not look for patterns, secret agenda or something else. There is no intention to get something out of this post. The sole purpose of 50 shades of business immigration New Zealand is to tell you dear reader how people live in New Zealand.
Everyone who is in business will agree with me that all the points to be discussed in 50 shades of business immigration New Zealand are part of everyday life in any country but the knowledge of all the small things makes a HUGE difference for everyone in business.
- Smiles. People do smile a lot in New Zealand. Often, it seems like for no reason at all. Regularly even to a complete stranger… totally random at a bus station, for instance. A smile can even be used as a protection for an obvious “look”, if you know what I mean 😉 Example here: A woman would smile back to a male for his too ”obvious” look at her – meaning behind the smile can be interpreted as her saying “what?- is that all”? After the “received” back-smile the man usually looks like “a dog in the rain” with a ”too short tail between his legs”. Even at work, people smile a lot – and this is totally normal and acceptable in the Kiwi culture. When I came to New Zealand more than 15 years ago, smiles were too hard to understand. In Russia if you smile a lot, people think that you do require some medical attention. Russians simply do not smile; it is not “cool” in Russia. if you know I mean. 🙂 In New Zealand, on the other hand, it is not cool not to smile. So, if you do not like to smile a lot, this country might not be the right place for you. 🙂
- “Hi”. “Hi” is too high in New Zealand. People say “Hi” everywhere and to everyone. If you are from a big country, you are bound to have a cultural shock due to the fact that the number of times strangers say “hi” to other strangers (including you). It’s really high in New Zealand to say “hi” and you don’t even have to be high. 🙂 You walk the street or you walk in a park, there is always a stranger who says “Hi” to you. My first “hands on” experience – when I was really shocked “too Hi” – was when I was walking into the men’s room and it was a dude walking out and he “kinda” goes “hi” with his eye brows – weird experience I tell you…
- Thank you. If the number of “hi” is not going to get you. Trust me, the number of “Thank You” will. In New Zealand “Thank you” is shockingly everywhere. “Thank you” surrounds you and blends in. You buy something to hear “Thank You”. When you pay for something you hear “Thank You”. Even a traffic cop would tell you “Thank You” after giving you a pretty hush fine for speeding… and he is expecting “Thank You” as well… I know it is hard to imagine but “Thank You” even got its way into the Russian Embassy in Wellington. I mean in Russian culture people think that “Thank You” is by default and there is no need to say “Thank You” for something you kinda know anyway that the person is happy to receive and means “Thank You”. In New Zealand even in Russian Embassy all those officials have started to say “Thank You”. I personally think “smiles” and “Thank You” are contagious in New Zealand. After a while you are “kinda” happy to say ““hi” and “Thank You”.
- “Small talk”. New Zealanders love small talk. It is usually about nothing – just to be nice. It is never about religion, race or political views.
- Dogs. They are “kind”. Dogs in New Zealand are good looking (well most of them) but I mean I would have difficulties to tell someone that he or she has an ugly looking Chinese Pekingese even if it is an ugly looking one. I mean dogs and men are allowed to be… well, not pretty… Dogs in New Zealand are very nice, kind and friendly even when someone like me thinks that the dog is really ugly, they (I mean all dogs) are very friendly. I have a theory that New Zealand dogs are so happy due to the fact that when they “hrrrr” well you know… do the dog stuff… – and big dogs usually produce a lot of stuff – their owners take the stuff with them. Owners of all dogs required to take their doggy’s stuff home in bags. So, if you really – and I mean really – like dogs, keep in mind you gonna have to like all aspects of the ownership. Dogs in New Zealand are not only friendly and nice, they are also quite expensive. Same as everything that is dog’ related. If you think you like dogs but you do not want to have one at home, you can easily open or buy a pet store. Pet stores are very profitable in New Zealand. Think about where would you buy all stock? Yes, in India or China and sell it in New Zealand.
- Vets. You love them or hate them but they are expensive. I mean really expensive. If you have a Veterinarian degree – New Zealand loves you already. This is “kinda” a legal way of printing money in New Zealand. If you can buy a Vetenary practice in New Zealand, you are almost set for life. All the expensive cars and clothes come with the practice like a part of the package 🙂
- Doctors. If the above category is allowed to “print money” looking after animals, then you picture this about doctors looking after humans. Recently there was a job opening advertised on local TV-news with an annual pay of $400,000 – no takers… Apparently the place is too far away. I mean “come on” people “far away” (!) New Zealand is far away but with $400K in the pocket its “kinda” close to everything. So, if you happen to study for a medical degree or you already have one – you might want to think about your retirement plan in New Zealand. If you have some saved rupees under the skin – you might want to think about buying a medical practice in New Zealand.
- Nurses. These guys & girls run the medical show in New Zealand. If you have a nursing degree – New Zealand loves you and wants you here.
- TV. In my opinion, TV in New Zealand is boring and this is why the country has such high number of kids in every family. Parents simply see “kids making activity” as a better substitute to TV shows.
- Kids. They are everywhere and they are happy. Have you seen happy kids? This is exactly how New Zealand looks like. To me it looks like all those kids have managed to learn two things at school: 1) To say “Hi” to all strangers and to say “Thank You” to everyone for everything. At school kids are happy. They are in fact so happy at school that they cannot wait to go back to school after summer break. Kids can do lots of things and no one gets mad at them. If you have a good business idea based on kids’ education or activity – you are the winner. Come to New Zealand and get your business up and running.
- Kindergartens. All of them are small businesses. Some have only one branch, others ten. Located in all suburbs. Expensive and not. If the suburb is expensive 9 out of all 10 kindergardens are expensive too. Parents get government subsidy once a child turns 3. Not a huge amount of money but I have not yet seen a person who would say “no, I don’t need it”. All parents are happy to get it. If you can buy a kindergarden – even better – it is a very good reputable business. Most of the money you would receive is paid by the government – great business model.
- If you have a (Pre-School teacher) kindergarden teacher’s degree – you are set with a very well-paying job. I mean what could be better – imagine you work all day long with happy and polite kids.
- Schools. Kids start school at 5 years of age. Kids are at school from 9 AM to 3 PM. Schools have a 10 points system. A better school has a higher number of points. Better schools drive prices of houses up in any given suburb. Many parents prefer to send their kids to private schools and buy houses in cheaper suburbs. Every school has a unique uniform. Kids are very happy at school.
- Extended school day. This is a business model which allows parents to leave kids at schools for an extended periods of time. From 3PM to 5 PM. Many franchises sign up agreements with schools and run this model as a business. In my opinion, you will not be able to make a good living on this type of business.
- School uniform shop. Reliable business, normally serving a few schools at a time. I don’t think you would be able to scale this type of business much but yet it is good enough to have.
- Shops. All different. Shops always seem to be profitable if they are not yours. When starting a new shop make sure you talk to someone about the lease agreement you are going to sign. Often, lease agreements work only for landlords. If you are buying a shop, make sure you consult someone who can check all paperwork for you before you make the purchase.
- Restaurants. They are everywhere. Different ones. Most popular “Indian” & “Thai”. If you had a restaurant before or you are thinking about buying one – it can be a good business if you take into account location, expenses and your business acumen.
- Xmas. People spend large at that time of the year. Keep in mind – New Zealand celebrates New Year BIG time due to the fact that the country has so many different nationalities. Best part of Xmas and New Year celebrations is weather – summer 🙂 If you have a business idea which can work for you during Xmas and New Year- it can be great.
- Service. If you have a business idea based on service – you are set. High potential.
- House cleaning. Many people outsource house cleaning. Potentially highly profitable.
- Petrol Stations. Usually franchise models. Very popular with immigrants. Easy and profitable business. Usually a service station would have a shop which sells essentials. Highly recommended.
- Fashion. The nation adores t-shirts and jandals. I do understand that many people would disagree with me but in my view there is no fashion unless you are 18 years old 🙂
- Beauty salons. Lots of them. If you are into make-up and know how to make money out of it – potentially it can be good business. When buying one keep in mind all clients stay with the “master”.
- Hairdresser. A man’s cut is about $15 to $30, a lady’s haircut starts at $35. If you know how to do it – you have a god reliable job. If you know how to build a business around it – even better.
- Mobiles. There are 3 providers. If you know how to build your business around servicing mobile phones – this can be a good business.
- Home phones. Dying out.
- Shop assistants. Usually university students or people who do not have education. Small to average pay.
- Car sales men – Retired or close to retirement unskilled men. Average pay.
- Car dealership. Easy to organise business. Very dependable on the national economy. Can be very profitable.
- Mechanical work shops. Lots of them. Easy to organise business if you have the right skills. If you are a diesel mechanic – you have the licence to print money.
- Panel beating. Majority of New Zealand cars are insured. This type of service can make you very wealthy due to the fact that you are going to look after the client and an insurance company will pay for it.
- Engineering as a business is extremely profitable. As a job is always in demand. Any type of engineering. Local experience before investing into a local business is highly recommended.
- Accountants. Can be a very good business or a very good job. Always in demand.
- Lawyers. Always busy. I haven’t seen a poor lawyer yet. 🙂
- Banks. A few of them. To open a local bank account, you must be in the country.
- GST. Goods and Services Tax: 15% on everything apart from financial services.
- IRD (Inland Revenue Department). If you pay tax in time – you have no worries. All businesses pay 30%.
- Licences. Lots of them. Many aspects of New Zealand businesses have licenses.
- Alcohol. If you are in any business related to alcohol you must have a license. A liquor shop can be a very profitable business.
- Brothel. Legal business. To run it you must have a license, as well as you would most likely have a bar and all types of licenses for it as well. Can be an extremely profitable business.
- Sport. Any sport related activity can be turned into a business.
- Gym. Can be very profitable business.
- House building. If you are a builder – New Zealand needs you. Can be extremely profitable. Keep in mind you must have insurance to build a house.
- Electrician. If you are an electrician – here in New Zealand you will have a nice income, good looking house, a few cars and a boat. Can be very good business.
- Plumber. Most likely you will have an even better income to compare to an electrician. Can be very profitable business. I’m yet to see a plumber without a big boat in the driveway.
- Landscaping. Keep in mind that every small piece of land in front of a house is the pride and joy for every Kiwi. If you are knowledgeable landscaper – you are in for a win.
- Lawn moving. Highly labour-intensive job. Always in demand. Can be a good business.
- Dentists. If you have a dentist’s degree – come to New Zealand. Extremely profitable business.
- Retirement. The country is getting older. If you have an idea around people who are free of kids, work and health and full of money – you can hit the jackpot.
- Funeral Directors. Well, there are two very certain things in live and in accordance to our list we have already discussed the first one – we all in business pay TAX. This is the second. We all going to be dead one day. I hope not at once 🙂 In average a funeral in New Zealand is at least $10,000 and up. Can be very profitable but sad business. If you want to be a Funeral Director in New Zealand you must have a Public Liability Insurance.
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