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Although this program is only offered in Canada, there are similar programs offered in most other areas, whether you are in United States or anywhere else in world. Check your local phone book or small business magazines for more information.
For myself, decision to become self-employed was something that just felt right at time. I had spent a number of years running my father’s lawn care company from my home. During that time, I had helped friends, family and acquaintances with everything from typing projects for them to designing their marketing material. So when time came for my dad to retire, it just seemed natural to do what I had been doing for many years....providing word processing and desktop publishing services. Then, with increase in use of Internet, I learned to design websites.
So, if you are thinking of starting your own business, it is recommended that you do plenty of research. You have to see if type of business you want to start is viable in your area. Is there a need for your product or service by people or businesses in your community? Whether you will be looking for funding or not, you need to do a business plan. In process of putting it together, you will have a better understanding of what you are doing and where you are going.
If you need help with certain aspects when building your business, such as promotion or putting together influential marketing material, there are many companies that specialize in taking some of pressure off of your shoulders. Not all will be listed in phone books yet, so you need to keep your eyes and ears open for mention of these companies.
Remember that not all small businesses are overnight successes. It takes plenty of work. Long hours with very little reward in beginning. But, each time a new client or customer comes on board, you will feel butterflies in your stomach and a smile on your face. Use that feeling of exhilaration as your energy source and combine it with other relevant information that you acquire. Knowledge isn’t power...Action is!
Janice Byer is a certified Master Virtual Assistant and owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services (http://www.docutype.net). Visit her website to read more of her articles, sign up for her award-winning newsletter, and browse her various services, testimonials and resources.