THE EDITOR, Sir:
What's the point? That seems to be the reasoning behind most unfulfilled dreams these days. Many ambitious entrepreneurs are left discouraged after they realise how much trouble it is to have a business in Jamaica.
If a study should be done on the average small business in Jamaica and how it manages to achieve success, I would assume that some kind of 'link' would have been a key aspect. This 'link' would have been acquired by the potential boss through some means, like a family friend, old classmates or pure luck. Of course, not everyone has a 'link', and thus, most don't even have a shot!
Starting a business on your own will guarantee more headaches than happiness. Without help from an investor or partner, all expenses would fall on your back. Trying to get a loan without any prior experience with owning a business will be next to impossible. Sadly, this is just the beginning of troubles.
A trip to the Companies Office of Jamaica, if you are going the legal route, will give you a real dose of how expensive it is to create even the smallest shop. After registering your business, you are now aware of all of the taxes you will have to pay in the early stages of your new business.
Planning to break even in a couple of months? Well, don't get your hopes up! With all the liabilities you are sure to rack up; making a real profit should be the furthest thing from your mind.
And this leads to the topic of this article. Why even bother? With all of the stresses involved, you must be asking yourself if it will ever be worth it. The truth is that you must try. It is going to be hard, but what else can you do? Sit around and wait on the Government to give you something? When has that ever happened?
Jamaicans have always been strivers, and that will never change. We must persevere and hold our heads high. The path is dim and opportunity has never knocked on your door, but as long as you start digging through the board, one day you will break through to the other side.