Starting a Business

Would you consider starting your own business?

  • Are you an opportunity-taker?
  • Looking for a challenge?
  • Motivated and enthusiastic?
  • Have an idea for a product or service?
  • Do you dream about running your own business?

Nova Scotia has a long tradition of self-employed farmers, fishermen, and merchants. Today there are even more opportunities to work independently or start your own business.

Who are the self-employed?

Someone who is self-employed earns income directly from their business, trade, or profession rather than having a specified salary or wages from an employer.

Some people choose an occupation that offers the option of self-employment.  The self-employed may be professionals, such as accountants or lawyers; trades people, such as carpenters or plumbers; providers of services to business, such as bookkeepers or consultants; or artists, such as painters or potters who produce artwork for sale in their home studio.

During economic downturns self-employment tends to increase.  Many people use self-employment as a means to gain experience in the workforce or to keep working when jobs are scarce.  Others are self-employed entirely by choice.  For many people, self-employment allows them to balance work with other priorities in their life.

Do you have what it takes? 

Take the Entrepreneurial Traits Quiz to see if you have what it takes to become your own boss?

Visit our resources section for links to resources that can help you start and run your business.