Support A Local Small Business — How I Started My Small Business

by Dagmar Bleasdale on August 12, 2011

I love being an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, you take what you love to do and turn it into a business, and I have been able to do that twice now.

I worked as a subtitle editor for many years, but I knew that’s not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I loved writing, but I loved editing even more.

So one day it dawned on me that I should just try making money with what I love. I trusted in my abilities and wanted to be my own boss.

I read everything there is about starting my own business, drew on my experience as a copyeditor for the Bruin (UCLA), took a course in proofreading, registered my business (imPROOF), and started taking on my first proofreading jobs for free.

Word of mouth spread and I started making money as an editor. And after becoming a mom, I read everything there is to know about writing a blog and started my blog in 2009.

I wanted to let other moms know about free resources and tips I had for natural birth, breastfeeding, and attachment parenting.

As you know, my blog now covers many more subjects than that, like green living and home decorating.

As a small business owner, I know how much hard work it is to start a business, and I have a lot of respect for any entrepreneur.

I want local businesses to succeed and do what I can to help them, be that setting up their Twitter account for free or giving them a shout-out on my blog.

I highlight many of them on my Westchester’s Best page.

Support a local small business and keep the money in your community!

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