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Self-Employment and Small Business

Working for yourself has great rewards. It also comes with huge challenges.

You need to be aware of, and weigh, the advantages and disadvantages of being self-employed. For example, self-employment might allow you to:

  • work at home or in other settings of your choice
  • set your own hours of work
  • earn more money than you would working for someone else.

On the other hand, it might also involve:

  • working long hours to meet deadlines or deal with problems
  • working independently, without a support system of co-workers
  • investing and possibly risking your own money.

See the Self-Employment: A Career Option for You? tip sheet and the Self-Employment: Is It for Me? booklet.

Starting your own business is more than having a good idea or a willingness to work long hours each day. You need good strategic information and a well thought out focus on how to build your revenue stream.

Here are current and relevant resources to make the most of your business ventures:

Resources to Help You Get Started

Resources to Help Build Your Business

  • Alberta Purchasing Connection Access purchasing opportunities (goods, services and construction) that have been posted by the Government of Alberta, the Province of Alberta's municipalities, academic institutions, school boards and health regions.
  • Alberta Venture Magazine Online Access this monthly provincial magazine for entrepreneurs and business-minded people.
  • Better Business Bureau of Central and Northern Alberta Learn about membership and fostering ethical relationships between businesses and the public in Northern and Central Alberta.
  • Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta Learn about membership and fostering ethical relationships between businesses and the public in Southern Alberta.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Learn about innovative financial and consultation services for Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses.
  • Buy & Sell Canada Provides access to federal procurement information including bid opportunities (tendors), standing offers and supply arrangements, and contract history.
  • Canada Business Network Access federal government resources for entrepreneurs.
  • Help for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)  The Government of Canada is committed to giving small and medium enterprises (SME) access to compete for government business.
  • Industry Canada Find Canadian business information at this comprehensive federal government website.
  • Small Business Week Find information about this annual event to help further your business and entrepreneurial activities.
  • Starting Your Business  Find information on the various industry sectors in Alberta.
  • Tech Futures Gain a competitive edge through research about agriculture, biotechnology, energy, environment, forestry, information technology and manufacturing.
  • Writing a Proposal Writing a proposal may be required to get those lucrative contracts.

Resources for Youth

  • Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) Find out about funding for Aboriginal entrepreneurs aged 18-35 through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
  • Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (AYEC) Learn about business and entrepreneurship at this week-long camp for youth ages 13-15.
  • Enactus Canada Find out about this program which teaches and inspires post-secondary students to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities, and conducts national student entrepreneur competitions.
  • Futurpreneur Canada Access this foundation's mentoring, financing and business resources for young Canadians, age 18-39, to create their own successful businesses.
  • Junior Achievement of Canada (JACAN) Find out about business programs for elementary, junior high and secondary schools plus awards and scholarships for youth.
  • Shad Valley Check out these four-week summer enrichment camps at university campuses which focus on the sciences, technology, and entrepreneurship. (For students currently completing grade 10, 11 or 12.)
  • The ManCap Foundation Learn about entrepreneurship, leadership development and education in Alberta, and education grants for aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) Get information on this program which recognize one bright young entrepreneur in each province every year. (Sponsored by the Government of Canada in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada.)

Resources for Persons With Disabilities

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