How do I register a company?
If you’re setting up as a company, you need to register with the Companies Office, which is run by MBIE. This can be quite an involved process. For example you’ll need to register shareholders and directors. You may even need to provide a company constitution. Companies are required to report their activities to the Companies Office every year.
Should I trademark a business name?
You can legally protect a business name and logo to prevent others from mimicking your identity. This can be a valuable step for businesses that plan to invest a lot in making their brand widely known.
This area of the law can get complicated – especially if you expand into overseas markets and find there’s a business there with a similar name. Ask for advice from a legal professional with experience in this area.
At the very least, use trademark registries (and search engines) to check that no one already has your business name. It’s an easy way to save yourself a lot of hassle.
Chapter 10: Small business insurance
There are dozens of things that can go wrong when you start a business. Fortunately, there are also dozens of small business insurance policies.Read chapter 10