CAN I CREATE MY OWN JOB?
Where to begin
A Canadian site, EnterWeb is an Internet Virtual Library with an
international perspective. It has information on all aspects of
entrepreneurship, self-employment, and small business management. The
site is organized into broad topics, such as international commerce,
economic development, financing, small business management, e-commerce
and many others. A very complete site.
Possibly the most impressive of all information sources on
entrepreneurship! This site is jam-packed with articles, tools, and
advice on all issues related to setting up your own business. Start-up
difficulties, balancing business and family life, planning for growth -
these questions and more are addressed here!
(CIP) If you are thinking of starting your own business or
becoming self-employed, read the articles in the "Entrepreneurship as a
career" section. See:
This should give you plenty to think about!
Canada Business Services Centers (CBSC)
The CBSC's mission is to provide start-up assistance to new
entrepreneurs, to help small business and to encourage entrepreneurial
growth. No matter what field you are interested in, this site will
provide vital information on governmental assistance programs. Peruse
the directory or use the search engine to find the information you need
more quickly. You will find a link to your province's CBSC web site on
the home page, where you can find even more information.
(CIP) When writing your business plan, use the Interactive
Business Planner at:
Intervision -Youth Business Online (Canadian Youth Business
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation offers technical advice and
support to young entrepreneurs. This site provides a number of tools to
help you with your start-up: different models of a business plan, a
directory of available financing, a guide to business regulations, and a
listing of advisors and experts in many provinces. There is even a
newsgroup for young entrepreneurs and an online counselling service, as
well as a description of the Foundation's own financing and mentoring
Online Small Business Workshop
This site is a must! Produced by the CBSC British Columbia, this is a
truly complete guide to founding a small business. It deals with
everything from the original business idea to the actual start-up, from
financing to planning to marketing. Each section is full of precious
advice and information. Its comprehensiveness will astound you!
Tip: To fully benefit from the information presented on this
site, go through each section in order. Don't just browse through it.
(CIP) The section on business idea is a gem. Check it out at:
Strategis- Business Support and Financing
Both the would-be entrepreneur and the seasoned business owner will
appreciate the wealth of information on business tools and resources,
financing for growth, international marketing, e-commerce, government
programs, and other important issues published on this site. In fact,
you can probably find any business information that you may need on this
Strategis - Starting a Small Business
Eager to start your business, but don't know how to deal with
legalities? Need to understand the law better? Click on the "Business
Roadmaps' for a quick guide by province. Learn about registering your
business, licenses, taxation rules, employment standards, and other
important matters. This site offers informative articles, a software
directory and a listing of agencies that will help you get started off
on the right foot. Very useful!
Tip: To gain the knowledge you need to, participate effectively
in the global economy, click on "Multi-cultural Advisors" to find people
and organizations that will help you to do business equally well at home
Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is Canada's small business
bank. You will find a description of its financial programs under
various headings; business start-up, business growth, exporting,
refinancing, etc. You will also find links to many other sites with
relevant services or information. The BDC also offers consulting and
management services. To find the BDC's office in your area, select your
province from the "Your Local Connection" field.
FOR THE ASPIRING ENTREPRENEUR
Paul and Sarah Edwards Web Site
Paul and Sarah Edwards are well-known authors and experts on self-
employment. They offer advice to entrepreneurs such as start-up ideas,
marketing tips, and much more. A worthwhile site!
(CIP) Looking for a start-up idea for your own business? You will
find 1600 of them at:
Minding Your Own Business
Do you want to start your own business but are not sure what it
involves? Or if you have what it takes? This site can address some of
your doubts. It will help you understand the personal qualities and
skills that you will need to run your own business. It outlines the
different types of business structures and approaches that you will need
to consider. The experiences of other entrepreneurs illustrate each
section and there are links to other resources.
Calmeadow is a Canadian, non-profit organization dedicated to helping
the self-employed access credit and financing. It also offers
micro-financing. Small loans are offered to groups of people who are
setting up their own micro-business. These peer groups provide support,
collaboration, and shared accountability. This site explains in detail
the procedures involved in setting up a peer group and lists a number of
other micro-financing services across Canada.
Self Employment Development Initiatives (SEDI)
This web site will introduce you to the Self Employment Assistance
Program (SEAP) that enables unemployed people to start their own
micro-business while receiving Employment Insurance benefits. Note that
this is an HRDC program and is available elsewhere in Canada, even
though this site offers information that is specific to Toronto.