Working for Yourself

The entrepreneurial sector is the smallest of the four in terms of current employment numbers.  But it will most likely become an increasingly important source of jobs in the future, given changes in the other three sectors, where employment opportunities may be flattening or decreasing.

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Career Pathways - Working for Yourself


Working for oneself presents some significant challenges and it's not a career path for everyone.  A good place to start exploring a career as an entrepreneur is to look at yourself:  your own values and experiences

The Elements of a Business Plan

A thoughtful and detailed business plan is the key to a successful startup of a new business.

How to Apply For a Patent

If your company has unique and valuable intellectual property, you will need to protect it legally.  This can be done using a combination of copyright, trade secrets, and patents.  To determine if you need to patent your invention, see the US PTO flowchart.

How to Get  Funding, Raise Money

When first starting out, most entrepreneurs raise money from the three Fs (friends, family, fools). Once you have exhausted their resources, you would move on to angel investors (high-net worth individuals, may invest as individuals, or as part of a group), then move on to venture capitalists (who have certain criteria for investing that are set by the limited partners, usually with certain timelines and specific industries). 

  • Gust – Includes Chemical Angel Network

Additional Resources

Resources for Entrepreneurs 

If Your Company is in the Biotech Field