Exploring Your Options

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM EDT

Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - Small Business Developer & Coach Tina Dietz said when hard times hit people turn to opening their own business. Many people finding success.

“More millionaires and billionaires came out of the Great Depression than any other time in history,” Dietz said.

She said although we are not in a depression, 2013 is not much different for many people who lost their job

“This is a similar time where people have the opportunity, things are already risky and tenuous, so a lot of people are taking the plunge into their own business because you start to say to yourself why not,” Dietz said.

Tina said when you come to a crossroad there are some options, college being one of them. She said although more education is always a good thing, there may be another way to go.

“For a lot of people who are already highly skilled or have experience and use those skills to start a business instead of retraining at a college level,” Dietz said.

She said there are a couple reasons to take advantage of experience rather than heading to the classroom

“Right now in the US what is wanted and needed is skilled trades. We don't have the training in high school so it's left a gap and for things like contractors, plumbers and electricians,” Dietz said.

Tina said she has seen a high number of people taking the plunge.

“The number of small businesses are growing and growing especially with woman and minorities,” Dietz said.

How do you do it? Well, Tina says it starts with passion.

“Start to pinpoint passion and skills. What comes effortlessly to you because its those skills that are water to the fish are where your hidden gold is in terms of starting your own business,” Dietz said

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