Course Resources

Business plan templates
Click on the links below to download business planning templates .
Please remember to save to your computer before working with the templates.

We have also included links to some very good free open source software at the end of the page. They are well worth a look.

Business Plan template
Financial templates
Business plan instruction manual

Additional business resources are available from the following links.

Computer and Internet security.
As a small business owner can you afford to lose the data on you computer.
Click the icon to review our security page for information relating to business computing and internet security.
Data backup
If you are looking for a simple backup program then Karens replicator is very good. It is available free to all computers users. click the icon to the left to access this program.
BizPrint for all your stationary printing needs

Here at Biz Print we pride ourselves on our friendly, professional copy and print service. We are located conveniently on the Main North Road in Redwood with plenty of parking at the door.
Gwen Hindmarsh completed the Small Business course during 2011. Gwen offers clients of the Small Business Centre a great printing offer to get you started.
Please contact Gwen direct. Click on the card to the left to open the BizPrint special offer page for further information.

Books worth a read by small business owners.
The Small Business Book: A New Zealand Guide for the 21st Century. by Leith Oliver and John W. English. Recommended.
Rework: Change the way you work forever. by Jason Fried & David Heinemeir Hansson. A new book well worth a look for small business owners. recommended by Lyndon March 2012
Focal Point: A proven system to simplify your life, double your productivity, and achieve all your goals. by brian Tracey
The E Myth revisited: Why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it. by Michael Gerber. websites
The New Zealand government website brings together free resources, tools and information to help people start, manage and grow their business.
User the links here to access these free resources.
Starting a business (IRD) Business tools (IRD) Companies office
Cashbook template
The IRD have a Cashbook spreadsheet template available for your use. You can download it from the IRD website by clicking on the following link and then following the instructions we have laid out below the link.
Click on “Record keeping”
Click on “Keeping a cashbook” icon at the bottom of the page.
Click on “Sample cashbook” at the bottom right of the page.
The cashbook template will open in excel spreadsheet. Save the template to your computer before you start using it.
NZ Law Society brochures
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Click on the links below for business guides
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Developing a business plan
Planning templates
Starting a business guide
Business steps: A practical guide for small business.

Free software

ToDo list
A program that may be of assistance is ToDo List. It is available from the following link
Libre Office
LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from their large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.
You can download, install and distribute LibreOffice freely, with no fear of copyright infringement

What does LibreOffice give you?

Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an entire book with tables of contents, embedded illustrations, bibliographies and diagrams. The while-you-type auto-completion, auto-formatting and automatic spelling checking make difficult tasks easy (but are easy to disable if you prefer). Writer is powerful enough to tackle desktop publishing tasks such as creating multi-column newsletters and brochures. The only limit is your imagination.

Calc tames your numbers and helps with difficult decisions when you’re weighing the alternatives. Analyse your data with Calc and then use it to present your final output. Charts and analysis tools help bring transparency to your conclusions. A fully-integrated help system makes easier work of entering complex formulas. Add data from external databases such as SQL or Oracle, then sort and filter them to produce statistical analyses. Use the graphing functions to display large number of 2D and 3D graphics from 13 categories, including line, area, bar, pie, X-Y, and net – with the dozens of variations available, you’re sure to find one that suits your project.

Impress is the fastest and easiest way to create effective multimedia presentations. Stunning animation and sensational special effects help you convince your audience. Create presentations that look even more professional than the standard presentations you commonly see at work. Get your collegues’ and bosses’ attention by creating something a little bit different.

Draw lets you build diagrams and sketches from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try something simple with box and line diagrams? Or else go further and easily build dynamic 3D illustrations and special effects. It’s as simple or as powerful as you want it to be.

Base is the database front-end of the LibreOffice suite. With Base, you can seamlessly integrate your existing database structures into the other components of LibreOffice, or create an interface to use and administer your data as a stand-alone application. You can use imported and linked tables and queries from MySQL, PostgreSQL or Microsoft Access and many other data sources, or design your own with Base, to build powerful front-ends with sophisticated forms, reports and views. Support is built-in or easily addable for a very wide range of database products, notably the standardly-provided HSQL, MySQL, Adabas D, Microsoft Access and PostgreSQL.

Math is a simple equation editor that lets you lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation. Even the most-complex calculations can be understandable when displayed correctly. E=mc2.

LibreOffice also comes configured with a PDF file creator, meaning you can distribute documents that you’re sure can be opened and read by users of almost any computing device or operating system.

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a completely free office productivity suite, which includes three programs that reflect the different purposes and tasks required in any working/personal environment. These are:
Writer – fully equipped modern word processor;
Presentation – create effective multimedia presentations;
Spreadsheets – handles all your data processing and analysis requirements.

Kingsoft Office is the culmination of 20 years of award winning software engineering experience and is quite stable and reliable.

Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. Other great functionalities like an Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count are also supported.

Office for Android Freeware

Kingsoft free Office for Android is an efficient mobile office application made exclusively for mobile phone running the Android OS (2.1 or later versions). Kingsoft free Office for
Android allows you to CREATE, VIEW and EDIT all
documents used by Microsoft. It is integrated with
an Email application that allows you to send documents
as attachments and to download and edit attachments.