The 6 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In New Zealand [2021]

The 6 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In New Zealand [2021]

Interested in starting a business in New Zealand in 2021?

We put together 6 of the best businesses you can start in New Zealand today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of how you can start your profitable, home-based small business in New Zealand.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a jewelry making business ($30K/year)

Alex Moore from New Zealand started Gold Pan Pete Design over 8 years ago, a jewelry making business.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $2,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Alex Moore. I’m originally from St. Louis, MO, USA but have lived overseas the last 11 years and am currently living near Queenstown, New Zealand, where I have been for the last 5 ½ years. I have a wife, Paula, and three children, Sophia & Grace (twins, age 5) and Beau (age 3). My main profession (no longer full time) is that I’m a primary school (elementary) PE teacher going on my 15th year.

I don’t have a flagship product per se but I make rustic-styled, outdoor and nature-themed handcrafted jewelry for men and women and other gifts for men. My customers are from all over the world and a mix of male and female, but mainly in the 18-40 age range.

I have a stall at a very popular tourist market here in Queenstown called the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market. This is where a majority of my sales come from. I also sell online via my website,, Etsy, and Felt (an NZ site similar to Etsy). I also have a few stockists that carry my items, with that number hoping to increase in 2019.


Alex Moore, on starting Gold Pan Pete Design ($2,500/month) full story ➜

2. Start a men's clothing line ($3.6M/year)

Valentin Ozich from New Zealand started I Love Ugly over 12 years ago, a men's clothing line.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20

My name is Valentin Ozich. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of the men's premium streetwear brand; I Love Ugly.

I started the company in 2008 out of my bedroom with zero experience in business or fashion. I studied Graphic Design and was pretty good at art, but my greatest strength is my ability to manifest whatever was going on in my mind into something tangible. This was how I Love Ugly was born.

Despite being based in Auckland, New Zealand I had ambitions to create a global brand but had no idea how I was going to do it. I felt that being from New Zealand and so isolated from the rest of the world would give us something unique to offer and become an advantage.


Valentin Ozich, on starting I Love Ugly ($300,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a coffee subscription box ($12K/year)

Courtney Todd from New Zealand started Fernweh over 3 years ago, a coffee subscription box.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $550
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, my name is Courtney and I’m the founder of Fernweh. I started around three years ago as a side hustle that I’m slowly trying to turn into full time.

I saw a gap in the coffee market and took the opportunity to start a subscription service that featured all coffee roasters throughout New Zealand. Fernweh is a German word meaning a longing for a far off place, I wanted to encompass this through coffee. Each month we feature a coffee roaster in New Zealand by sending out a single origin and a story of the roaster, throughout the month we feature them on our social media pages and have a blog post about them.

My flagship product is the subscriptions we offer. While we ship worldwide our primary customers are New Zealanders who are 20+. Our customers love trying the new coffees that they wouldn’t normally get themselves or they purchase as a gift. We seek out the best single origins in the country to highlight the amazing work of the roasters.


Courtney Todd, on starting Fernweh ($1,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a streetwear brand ($1.44M/year)

Trent and Matt from New Zealand started Empire Skate over 17 years ago, a streetwear brand.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10

Hi! I’m Matt Wells, co-founder of Empire Skate, an independently run skate and streetwear store based in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. We specialize in skateboards, footwear, clothing, and everything in between relating to skate culture.

We have been manufacturing our own skateboards and other skate hardware for the past 13 years. As we have grown so has our product range, and we now stock over 150 different brands from around the world. We continue to grow the online side of our business and have expanded our online presence into Australia. Our average monthly turnover is around $120K per month.



Trent and Matt , on starting Empire Skate ($120,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a game store ($50.4K/year)

OLIVER JENKS from New Zealand started Speedcube New Zealand ago, a game store.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $4,200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Oliver Jenks, 21 years of age. Managing Director of, an ecommerce store selling speciality Rubik’s cube type “speedcube” puzzles.

Designed to be light, stable and easy to turn, the brands of puzzles we import and resell are primarily intended to be used for the popularizing competitive sport of ‘speedcubing’.

This sport is centered around solving different puzzle variants as fast as possible in official competitions governed by the World Cube Association (WCA). Our products have also resounded with people who simply enjoy fidgeting and playing with puzzles, even if they don’t know how to solve them or don’t wish to compete.


OLIVER JENKS, on starting Speedcube New Zealand ($4,200/month) full story ➜

6. Start a green business ($180K/year)

Emma Saunders from New Zealand started The Green Collective over 6 years ago, a green business.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1

Hi I’m Emma from The Green Collective.

We create quality eco products to help you live more sustainably.

I started the business with a friend back in 2014. Six months of research, product testing and designing meant we had a product from the start that we were proud to stand behind.


Emma Saunders, on starting The Green Collective ($15,000/month) full story ➜

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