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Self Employment

Starting and Maintaining a Business

Self employment, or entrepreneurship, is the process by which people start, build and maintain a business. The four steps below may assist you in determining if you wish to become self employed.


  1. Review and list your interests, entrepreneurial qualities, abilities, aptitudes, and occupational skills.
    Canadian Youth Business Foundation is a non-profit, private-sector initiative that provides mentoring, business support and lending to young entrepreneurs that may help you with your review.

  2. Explore sources of self employment and small business opportunities. The following site may help you with this task: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) ACOA's goal is to improve the economy of Atlantic Canada through the development of business and job opportunities.

    Match your interests and skills with acceptable types of self employment, and decide if you wish to pursue the self employment option.

  3. If you decide to explore self employment further, the following links may provide information:

    Canada Business Network provides answers to business questions including information about government programs and services.

    Innovation PEI -Are you interested in doing business in PEI? This site has information on business sectors, business guide, programs and services and about Innovation PEI.

    Atlantic Virtual Women's Business Bureau - A complete resource for women in all stages of planning and growing a business, including a library of resource materials, business links, chat lines, and a hot line to submit questions and comments.

    Business Development Bank -It is Canada's small business bank, and plays a leadership role in delivering timely and relevant financial and management services.

    Guide for Canadian Small Businesses -This site provides information on how to set up a business, the GST/HST, excise taxes and duties, importing/exporting, payroll deductions and income tax.

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