Lately, more and more minorities have been growing in the workforce, especially as small-business owners. However, with the situation going on in the world right now this has impacted businesses owners of all ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and religions. It seems that more and more minorities are starting small businesses.

This is great because it adds diversity in the job market as well as sets example for the youth. The more networking that can happen (especially between minorities) then the more job opportunities that can be found. This not only helps in the job market, but it can also be a great motivation and example for minorities, especially those in lower incomes.

Before you can even start your business, it is very important to brainstorm. Also, ask yourself why you want to start your own business. It is also highly important to research rules and regulations in regard to small business or private business ownership. Remember to also think of a proper business plan (you can even list it down if needed), go through the proper and legal process of registering a business, and you could possibly get certified as a minority business.

When you get certified as a minority business this can open up a big world of opportunity and advantages, especially financially.  Being a minority business owner can feel intimidating at first, but it does not have to be. When you have a purpose then if you can dream it then you can make it happen. This can apply to everything in life, not just starting a business.  Think about what your business will be about, products you’re selling, the goals, and what it is that you want out of this idea. There are tons of resources that are available that can help you during the process and can even help when it comes to grants and loans. Take advantage of it!

Let’s be honest…the struggle is real. It can seem cliché, but it is absolutely true. Sometimes one must work from the very bottom in order to get to the very top. During this process it can seem exhausting, especially with all of the countless rules, regulations, and licenses that it takes to operate a building.

There are times that one can ask themselves, “Is this worth it? What is the motive? Why am I doing this? Who am I doing this for? Goals? Dreams?” and tons of other questions can appear in a person’s mind. Suddenly your mind turns into the whirlpool of roaring questions that can sometimes lead you to become physically and mentally exhausted. The problem with today is that too many people have the mentality of “woe is me” instead of “WOW It’s me!” “I overcame that” and then that mentality can be very damaging to both the mind and soul. Not only is this mentality dangerous to the individual but it can also rub off on other people.

It is important to have a good support system that will be your “cheerleader” and cheer you on during the entire process. This is absolutely essential for one’s mental health and stress levels.  After you have finally gotten to where you wanted to be then…you can finally celebrate. This is a huge accomplishment in life that you should absolutely have every right to be proud of. Now that the hard work is done, you will feel this liberating and uplifting energy that is very hard to put into words. It’s a combination of “Wow, it’s finally over with” and accomplishment. I promise that it will all be worth it once you cross the finish line!