Best free business plan templates NZ

Creating or updating a plan for your business is a great way to help you set the goals that will guide your business growth. Don’t know where to start?

We’ve pulled together this list of some of the best free online business plan templates for New Zealand businesses to point you in the right direction. 

  1. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Business Plan Templates

MBIE has created two Business Plan templates in association with Stats NZ. The full business plan is perfect for those looking to launch a new business and the quick-fire template is great for established businesses. The full business plan template is a Word template ready-to-go with all the sections you’ll need for a comprehensive business plan, with detailed explanations and handy links throughout. The quick-fire template is a PDF template best filled out by hand and is perfect for a quarterly or yearly business health and strategy check-in.

Tip: MBIE recommends using Stats NZ’s Data for Business website to find useful business tools and statistics.


  1. ANZ Biz Hub Business Plan Tool

Never written a business plan before? This handy online tool is great for beginners. The tool takes you through writing a full business plan step-by-step with helpful prompts and examples for each section. Once you’re done you can simply download and print the Word document version of your finished plan.


  1. One-Page Business Plan By The $100 Start-up

This template is a helpful exercise for thinking through a new business idea, or even for testing a new product, service or promotion for an existing business. It can also be helpful for summarising a full business plan for referencing in your monthly or quarterly business plan sessions.


  1. Microsoft Office Business Plan Template

Microsoft Office offers a range of free business document templates you can use with their suite of products. This Business Plan template is similar to the one offered by MBIE, but with a more modern design. The template also includes various charts and graphs to present your market research and forecasting numbers, with helpful, detailed step-by-step instructions on throughout.

Tip: Don't forget to add your logo and change the document colours and font to suit your brand


  1. Strategyzer Business Model Canvas

The Strategyzer Business Model Canvas is not a traditional business plan template per se. Instead it’s a visual tool that helps you map out all the elements of your business and understand how they work together. This makes the canvas a great brainstorming tool for getting all of those ideas, facts and figures down on a page before your start  preparing your full business plan.

Tip: Use the Business Model Canvas as a tool for running a thought-starter exercise with your team to review and refine your strategy and goals before you write your business plan.


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Editors note: blog content updated on April 22, 2020