From 9-5 to a Life that's Mine - First Steps as a Small Business




Working 9-5? Not the ONLY way to Make a Living!


Tell us if this is you…


You work the 9-to-5 grind at a job that doesn’t seem to be very fulfilling, but you stick with it because the pay is decent, and it covers what you need. However, you always have that dream to open up your own business, but you are worried that it would be too expensive to start, and worried that it wouldn’t work…


Or is this you…


You’re graduating, or just about to graduate, and you have this idea of starting your own business. However, you are unsure how to get started…


If any of these statements are you: then THIS is something you’ll want to hear!


In a world where the 9-to-5 grind is commonplace, that doesn’t have to be that way for you.

If you prefer to be a trailblazer than following the path, then you might be ready to dive into the world of entrepreneurship!




Entrepreneur, take a STEP towards the future!


Starting your own business gives you a clear step forward on your career journey. You don’t have to worry about endless job searching, and countless interviews only to either be left hanging whether you are even hired or not.


For those who will be graduating into the working world, it can be daunting with so many directions you could take. By being an entrepreneur, instead of searching for that career you are making yourself from the ground up and forging your path ahead.

Plus, being a business owner means that you have tremendous job security. After all, you can't be fired because you are the boss!


What if you don’t want to make your business a full-time investment? That’s OK too! In a study by SEMrush, young professionals (referring to millennials and Gen Z) are more likely to form the business as a “side hustle” rather than a conventional business.



Entrepreneur, be FREE in your work!


One of the best things about entrepreneurship is that you are free to make your business however you want it to be! From a food truck near the park to a café along the street, the sky’s the limit on what you want to create for your business.

You have the freedom to take your passions and make them a reality. Instead of working to pursue someone else’s vision, you can take the reins yourself and follow your vision.


Not sure how to turn your passions into a business? An article by HubSpot provides a bevy of business ideas to help you figure out what kind of business you want to make!

READ: 54 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants to Run Their Own Business


Moreover, having full control of your business means that you can set your own schedule. This makes managing your work-life balance easier as opposed to trying to adjust your time with your employer’s schedule and working your life around that. However, it must be said that the success of the business is determined by how much time you want to invest in it.




Entrepreneur, you are NOT alone!


A common reason why people are hesitant in starting their own business is the lack of resources to start. This reason is perfectly valid because in business “it takes money to make money”.


However, if you do a little research, you can find a wealth of financial aid and organizations that are geared to help people like you get started on your business. Since there are so many, I will only mention the most prominent organizations and financial aid that is out there.



SBA


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.


The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, preserve free competitive enterprise, and maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

The different functionalities that they perform are:

  • Business Counseling – Where you can get businesses advice and mentoring from top organizations and experts to guide you on your journey.

  • SBA-guaranteed business loans – If you need a boost money-wise, the SBA will match you with the right lender for you to help fund your business with an affordable loan.

  • Contracting help – They also help demystify the legal jargon when it comes to contracts so you can gain a competitive edge in the market.

These are just a few of the many services that the SBA can do for you! Visit their website to learn more.



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