time spent travelling and the rushing of the day to get dinner, then homework and then bed…okay what about retail, can’t do that because my husband referees hockey most nights and weekends and then I have to work nights and weekends
with no time for the family…” Yep, all of those things made me consider all my options…downtown, retail, in-home
daycare and finally my own business. The only best option was my own business; everything else had MANY downfalls.
government funded program called the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program. This paid me Employment
Insurance benefits for 42 weeks and taught me how to run my business and I was able to keep any money that I made from the business and not have to declare it through EI. Unfortunately this is not an option in Ontario anymore. Having said
this, my group was the 56th group out of 58 and many of the people from the groups had to go back to a part-time/full time job. This was not an option for me, so I took the bull by the horns and have rode it to success.
the government, I decided to put the kids into day camp. It was for 6 weeks and my in-laws took them for another 2 weeks.
thought I could be…on most days I was working the same amount of hours on client work as I did when the kids were in school. So, I looked at my options which were each set of grandparents and they helped me tremendously…many people don’t have that
to fall back on, so I am VERY grateful. It really does take a village.
from the bus stop, make dinner and help them with their homework. They are the reason why I started my business at home and they are the reason why I continue.
Working for yourself and being a business owner/entrepreneur is a lot of hard work and a lot of doubt, but if you are a
tenacious person and are willing to deal with short term discomfort for long term gain, then do it. I have always wanted to start my own business, but it was never the right time. After being shown the door a couple of times within a large corporation, I decided I didn’t need another invitation, I was going to do it. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner in life, but we all have a road that was paved for us and we travel down it and we learn things along the way…I learned all that I needed to know to do what I do now, so really this was the path I was supposed to be on at this time. My children were supposed to be this age and in this stage of their lives, we had made our plans the way they were supposed to be planned to prepare me for this endeavour…not
to mention my last position ensured that I met all the people I had to meet to
ensure I started off on the right foot.
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