Working For Yourself Is An Option
Entrepreneurship is something anyone moving to Guelph/Wellington should consider as part of their job search.
|NAICS||Description - June 2014||Total||Self-employed|
|5311||Lessors of real estate||639||535|
|5239||Other financial investment activities||330||274|
|5511||Management of companies and enterprises||299||253|
|5416||Management, scientific and technical consulting services||310||221|
|5312||Offices of real estate agents and brokers||199||174|
|2361||Residential building construction||221||139|
|8139||Business, professional, labour and other membership organizations||187||125|
|5419||Other professional, scientific and technical services||184||125|
|5415||Computer systems design and related services||189||115|
|6213||Offices of other health practitioners||183||113|
|2383||Building finishing contractors||171||111|
|5313||Activities related to real estate||132||102|
|4841||General freight trucking||158||92|
|5617||Services to buildings and dwellings||157||77|
|5412||Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services||128||72|
|5413||Architectural, engineering and related services||135||71|
|8121||Personal care services||126||60|
|4853||Taxi and limousine service||63||50|
More than half of the businesses in Guelph are entrepreneurial. The people working in these businesses are self-employed, owner/operators or are contract employees whom are essentially working for themselves.
Although there is no data available locally regarding the level of immigrant self-employment, in Ontario in 2012, there were a total of 57,810 immigrants landed and residing in the Province. Of those, 13,720 or 24% were classed as “Economic class, principal applicants”. According to Statistics Canada, the Economic class consists of business class (entrepreneurs, self-employed and investors), skilled workers, provincial/territorial nominees, Canadian experience class, and live-in caregivers.
Clearly ‘entrepreneurship’ is something that anyone moving to Guelph should consider as part of their job planning. Starting a small business or consulting on projects is not easy but there are resources available to help decide if this is an option for you.