Small Business Story

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When my position with Okanagan Restoration came to an end due to management changes and company restructure, my dreams of working through to early retirement were dashed.
With my job gone, I had no reason to ignore the opportunity fate offered me. I took the skills I had developed in the accounting field and decided to open my bookkeeping office in February of 2000.
Coming from a large family of entrepreneurs, I took my spirit with my career experience and life skills to build my own business.
My life has changed for the better. I have learned to trust myself, and my confidence in being able to make good decisions has grown. I truly enjoy being able to set my own schedule for work and family life.
Nooshin of Kelowna BC Canada
03/12/10 @ 09:57
Comment from: Kelowna Bookkeeper [Member]
There are thousands of women who have started their own businesses. While there are many reasons for becoming self-employed, most women agree that running your own business can be a life-changing experience.
NK
03/12/10 @ 10:00
Comment from: Kelowna Bookkeeper [Member]
Creating a support team for yourself
If you are like me, you want to be in business for yourself but not by yourself. Building a business can get lonely. A strong circle of support allows you to tap into the wisdom of others. Friends and advisors will be your most valuable assets, providing encouragement, feedback, contacts, and advice. For me I joined a local networking group.
NK

03/12/10 @ 10:08
Comment from: Kelowna Bookkeeper [Member]
Shift your mindset.
When I started my business I wore many hats. Than I realized if I plan to create a business that has value or can be taken over by someone else, than the business need to be able to function without me. When you decide that you are moving from doing to managing, you will need systems, processes, or operations manual – tools for running the business that will allow others to work for you. You may have to train, supervise and trust others to become de-ers on your behalf. This was a hard step for me, but after a while I began to concentrate on how to grow my clientele and get better prices for my product.
NK

03/12/10 @ 10:19
Comment from: Kelowna Bookkeeper [Member]
Create Balance.
There are a few changes that can be made to create balance. Start by crating a separate environment, especially if you are working from home or sharing a computer with the rest of the family. Invest in your own computer and set up an office for yourself.
Set boundaries and explain the rules concerning your work time to friends and family.
Be firm with yourself; plan to do housework at specific times outside your business hours. Don’t grab a minute to do the wash because you don’t have a client lined up, spend that time finding a new client. Protect your downtime.
I am telling you this because it happened to me and I ended up getting an office space in town. It was a good move for me.
NK

03/12/10 @ 10:34
Comment from: NK [Member]
Owning your own business.
I think small business is the backbone of the Canadian economy. We create more than 300,000 new jobs each year for Canadians. Many of us dream of owning our own business and one in six Canadian owns his or her own business.
In fact 52 out of 100 businesses are owned or co-owned by women.

nk
03/26/10 @ 11:57
Comment from: NK [Member]
Your Team.
Networking is an important activity for small business owners. Because you sometimes work in isolation, be sure to set up a network of people in business. How? Attend meetings, conventions, seminars. Hand out your business card to everyone you meet. Tell people what you do.
I attend a networking group once a week. There are 40 of us and we each have different businesses. Just knowing each other gives us the confidence to refer one another to potential customers.
My business has grown because of that.
nk
03/26/10 @ 12:22
Comment from: NK [Member]
Five start-up tips.
1- Drive, dedication and commitment are important qualities to make your business succeed.
2- Know your business by doing your research. No business fails because the owner knows too much.
3- Know your market.
4- creat a business plan.
5- meet your banker. Even if you don’t need to borrow money now, your relationship with your banker can be important.
nk
03/26/10 @ 13:37
Comment from: NK [Member]
Employees are the backbone of our economy. You get more bang for your buck for rewarding an employee even if their ideas don’t pan out. Employees look to employers for support, listen to their ideas and suggestions and allow them to exercise some of their reactivity. By making the employee feel like being a part of a team, it will transfer to customer service. The employee would take pride in their work and that positive energy will be released to the customers. If you want repeat customers, take a look at how your employees are being treated. Other accounting topics can be found at:

http://www.accountingfordummies.net

nk

08/06/10 @ 15:29

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