Want to be your own boss? There’s plenty of options


Have you ever thought of owning your own business? Well, there are plenty of options. A quick search on TradeMe reveals around 150 business opportunities up for grabs in Nelson, from a $1000 dog breeding website to a $9 million motor inn.

If you fancy yourself as a budding publican then maybe the Sprig & Fern Tavern in Brightwater is up your alley or, if you’re more of a fine dining expert, you could buy the Harbour Light Bistro on Rocks Rd.

Maybe you want to show former Masterchef contestant Paula Saengthian-Ngam a thing or two by buying her cafe Paula’s Plate. It’s fully licensed with lease options till 2025.

There’s plenty to choose from if you want to become a street vendor, there’s six separate carts available on the trade site. Buy them all and start your own mobile kitchen chain.

If you don’t have the will power to not eat everything in sight then maybe take up a job as a hotelier and purchase one of the many accommodation businesses in the region.

A spare $1.15 million floating around could land you the Palazzo Motor Lodge, or for another $5000 there’s the Sails Motor Lodge on Trafalgar Street might be the one for you. It has peaked at number one on TripAdvisor in its two and a half year operation.

Plenty of franchises are looking to make their mark around the country too with Esquires, Carls Jr and Brumbies all looking at options in our region.

If you’re gymnastically inclined then a measly $17,000 will get you a four-way bungy trampoline business and another $3000 will get you a van to lug it around in.

For the pet sitter looking to level up $880,000 will not only get you a five acre lifestyle block in Spring Grove but also 45 dog kennels and 18 cat enclosures to expand your business.