I had been wanting to start my own hair salon business but was lacking the confidence and business skills to do it. I didn't have any idea how to start (or manage my own business. Although I love doing hair the business aspect of it terrified me. After completing the self-employment courses not only did it help to build my confidence but I found the marketing and goal setting courses to be beyond helpful. I was able to build and retain my dream clientele and I am on my way to being fully booked! Teresa has been unbelievably supportive through the whole process and I can't thank everyone at the self-employment program enough for helping me to create and maintain my dream job.
Nancy's Dog Grooming
“Growing up we always had pets, or things that followed us home,” she says. “I made sure my children grew up with dogs and cats and birds! We’ve had a few different critters over the years. I’ve rescued injured animals found on the side of the road. One time I even rescued a seagull with a broken wing. I simply love all animals, big and small.”
After being laid off from her job at a dog-grooming salon, Nancy felt discouraged and fragile. She went to WorkBC and after working with her case manager she was referred to the Community Futures Self Employment Program. She decided to sign up, even though the notion of self-employment made her nervous.
Ultimately, the program supported her in realizing a life long dream. In the spring of 2014 she opened Nancy’s Dog Grooming. She renovated her garage into a luxurious spa for dogs, and once she opened up shop, “wonderful people and their beloved furry companions” started pounding down her door. Today, she is tremendously happy and fully booked. She says she will never look back.