IN CHARGE: There is great satisfaction in being in control of your destiny and reaping your own rewards.
IN CHARGE: There is great satisfaction in being in control of your destiny and reaping your own rewards. STEFANOLUNARDI

Is it time to be your own boss?

IT'S a career goal that many of us strive for, and isn't as far from your grasp as you might think.

We're all a long time working, so of course we appreciate the importance of doing something we're passionate about. What is sometimes overlooked though, is who we're doing it for.

While it's all well and good to turn up to work each day and put in the hard yards as an employee, the benefits of your efforts are flowing up the chain to your employer. You're doing the work, but they get the cream off the top.

The obvious solution, then, is to be your own boss. That, however, is often easier said than done. While you might have all the requisite skills to be great at your job, there's a lot more that comes with running the show at the same time.

For tradies who are considering starting, or have recently started their own business, the Apprentice to Business Owner program serves to fill in the gaps between working as an employee or contractor, and going out on your own.

The services are design for qualified tradespeople who must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  •  Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  •  Have completed a trade-related apprenticeship in a trade listed on the National Skills Needs List (visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au for more information about the list)
  •  Be preparing to or have recently established a business
  •  Not be an undischarged bankrupt, not have previously completed the included qualifications and not be subsidised via other government funding for the same qualifications.
  • Best part is the program is fully subsidised by the government, leaving no out-of-pocket expense.


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