(August 18, 2021)
Be Your Own Boss: Is Now The Time?
By Nicki Parr
For many people, the pandemic has prompted them to re-examine their lives and their priorities, especially around work.
This has particularly been the case for women, who may have had to make big changes to their work schedule to care for children or loved ones during the lockdown.
At times like this, being your own boss can seem like a very tempting option – having the freedom to determine your own schedule, work on your own terms…and do work that feels uniquely meaningful to you. Perhaps you have always wanted to strike out on your own as a consultant, or open a doggy day-care, or you have an idea for an amazing new product that you want to develop and take to market.
Being your own boss can enable you to get very specific about aligning your personal mission with a direct impact on your community. You can feel a greater sense of reward and accomplishment in overcoming challenges and achieving your goals. And it is unlikely you will ever feel bored or unfulfilled. Importantly, being self-employed can also provide more flexibility with your schedule.
But it can be daunting too! You are the one making all the decisions, doing all the work, and taking on all the risks. It can be a rollercoaster of emotions – fear, excitement, exhilaration, frustration, and accomplishment. And it feels like you need to instantly be an expert at everything (or so it sometimes seems).
At times like this, having someone to guide the journey and support you can make a huge difference to your success as a business owner.
This is where WEV comes in. WEV has been helping women, minorities and other local entrepreneurs start and strengthen their own businesses for 30 years – and business owners who participate in WEV’s programs have a significantly higher success rate than the national average. Within 12 – 18 months of receiving WEV services, 93% of existing businesses are still operating.
WEV offers a wide range of entrepreneurial training and financial education courses, including writing a business plan, learning QuickBooks, and setting up e-commerce websites. WEV has a dedicated group of business advisors who can guide you in all aspects of achieving your business goals over the short and long-term. And, importantly, WEV has small business loans available that are geared specifically to you.
One of the biggest benefits of coming to WEV, though, is the opportunity to be part of a community of other small business owners, donors, volunteers, and staff who are rooting for your success and are available to support you at every step along the way.
So, if you have questions like ‘what’s really involved in running my own business?’, ‘how do I get started?’, or ‘how will I fund my new business?’, contact WEV. Visit www.wevonline.org or call us at 805-965-6073.
Your future is ready for you. WEV is here to help you grasp it.