Women’s meet shines light on self-sufficiency

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“There is no job security in corporate America,” said Judi Finneran, director of Team Women, a women-only networking chapter. “Employers don’t want people to retire from their companies anymore, because it costs them too much.” With her in-home wine tasting business, Finneran calls herself the equivalent of the Tupperware lady from the 1970s. She’s also among the more than 2 million self-employed residents of California, a population that grew more than 7.6 percent in 2004, according to the U.S. Small Business Association. Although the thought of opening a business may seem risky to some, the speakers on Tuesday said working for somebody else these days is even riskier. So like the farmers of days gone by, they’re taking care of themselves. After more than 15 years in sales, John Klymshyn walked away from the corporate life to start his own business. He now crisscrosses the country giving speeches and motivating others on ways to sell and cultivate more clients. He said the job change gives him more family time and encourages others to take the same chance. VALENCIA – They once sported power suits in the office, but in the era of downsizing, outsourcing and disappearing pensions, these folks have tossed those getups aside to work for themselves. They are a growing number of people who’ve left the cubicles of corporate America to stake out claims on their own, in search of dependable futures, financial security and freedom from nagging bosses. They’re finding it in home-based businesses – some have become personal chefs or formed their own companies, such as financial planning and one-stop attorney offices. Entrepreneurs, financial wizards and consultants congregated on Tuesday at College of the Canyons for its Women’s Leadership Conference. They shared their struggles and triumphs about making it on their own and explained the reasons that drove them to it. “About eight years ago, I went out on my own, thank God,” he said. Debra Vanatta also found a new life when she left court reporting and opened up a Curves workout center in Newhall in 2001. Today she owns four of them in Santa Clarita. Running the centers came easy to her, because she’s already into fitness. But she found that the concept of Curves connected well with women because the franchises fit their needs. The facilities are women-only and promote 30-minute workouts. “It reached out to benefit others,” she told the room full of women considering opening their own businesses. Sitting in the audience, 50-year-old Irene Dugais listened closely to Vanatta and others on the panel. The Rancho Cucamonga woman is a project accountant in construction, but plans to go out on her own next year and buy rental property and then refinance it to purchase more property in Arizona. She said it’s the answer to having a secure future. “What if in a year they say, `We don’t need you anymore?”‘ she said. “My goal is to be self-sufficient.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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