The economy got you down? You're not alone. Increasingly, displaced executives and employed executives who feel that they are at risk of losing their jobs comprise the bulk of my clientele.
Across America, the economic upheaval of the last five years has led large numbers of professionals from shaky corporate jobs. Increasingly, they're turning to small business ownership -- specifically franchises -- to create their own security.
The good news is that Washington, D.C. is one of the most supportive cities for those considering small business ownership, according to report recently released by Kiplinger, a leading business publication.
The report named D.C. one of the 10 best cities in America to start a business, explaining: "Job seekers often associate the District with government work, but the capital's educated workforce and deep-pocketed investors make it an attractive option for entrepreneurs as well."
Washington's economic outlook remains positive, despite the issues still impeding the national economic recovery. According to the D.C. Chamber of Commerce's annual business report:
The Washington metropolitan area continues to boast the lowest unemployment rates of any major community in the nation. Home prices regionally have begun to rise again and job growth is increasingly apparent across a variety of industries.
It's not surprising that so many people are looking for other ways to make a living. Small businesses, including franchise businesses, are the backbone of American job creation supporting nearly 18 million U.S. jobs, says the International Franchising Association.
So what should you consider before jumping out of the corporate world to become an entrepreneur?
The message here is don't be a victim of the economy. Many options exist for making a living -- including ones that give you more control -- especially here in D.C. where the business climate is start-up friendly. As you explore your inner entrepreneur, know that many great resources and opportunities are out there to help make it a successful transition from desk jockey to business owner.