Day 9: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path


day9-dailyadviceIt's day nine of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path! Today we are sharing some advice from our featured military spouse business owner along with low-cost or free training resources for anyone who is thinking about starting a business.


Dawn Warnaar

Creative Type Designs


"Figure out where your passion lies. It's as simple and as hard that! When you figure out how to combine your passion with your business, I think you're giving yourself the best shot at success.


Owning your own business and/or freelancing requires a lot of time and if you don't put that time in, it won't succeed. I actually started a résumé writing company a few years ago simply because it's what I was qualified to do. While I was good at it, I quickly realized it wasn't something I wanted to do long-term and eventually I dreaded the thought of writing another résumé. I've always been the creative type so eventually I realized Graphic Design would be the perfect fit for me so I went back to school again.Everything just started to fall in place and now I willingly spend hours working.


And guess what? I truly love every second because it doesn't feel like work and that's a really amazing feeling."



Pursue Training!


If you are thinking about starting a business, a little bit of training ahead of time can help to prevent needless mistakes and give you the tools to evaluate the viability of a business idea. Check out these great free or low-cost resources. If you know of another resource, let us know!


Just for the Military Community

Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans & Veterans' Families

Military Spouse Foundation


Operation Boots to Business



Other Resources


SBA Online Training Program

Kutztown Small Business Development Center

My Own Business, Inc.

Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner

Entrepreneurship Courses from MIT

University of the People

Khan Academy




Specific Courses

Free Basic Bookkeeping Course

Introduction to Franchising

Developing Inovative Ideas for New Companies

Introduction to Photography

5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners

How to Build a Start Up

Introduction to Finance

Competitive Strategy

 Find Your Entreprenurial Niche





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