Editor’s Note: Paula Powers is a single mom raising a young autistic son. Our family’s story about starting Geek Club Books inspired her to want to start her own company to employ autistic adults. She wants to part of the movement to empower through meaningful employment! Starting a company is no small undertaking. There are highs and lows, milestones reached and setbacks too—it takes patience, persistence and determination to make it happen. Since Paula is starting at ground zero, we asked her to chronicle her journey as we can all learn from this impassioned entrepreneur.
Since my last post, I’ve hit a snag in my entrepreneurial venture. I am at the point of registering my company and don’t know whether I should go with a sole proprietorship or LLC, being this is a litigious society and I want to be protected as much as possible when I start my business. To help me, I will be contacting a free accounting clinic that is offered by the New Jersey Small Business Development Center for an appointment. Once my questions are answered I will have a better idea of which I will choose and will be on the road to entrepreneurship.
Meanwhile I joined a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Live Learn & Play in the Lehigh Valley, PA area. This organization is dedicated to establishing a fun and friendly play environment for children with autism and special needs. Right now I am an honorary board member and the director has offered me a seat on the Logistics and Operations team which I have accepted. This not only gives me an opportunity to use my skills to benefit a very worthy organization but it gives me a chance to fully engage with the community I will hopefully serve one day through my new business.
Until next time, be well and prosper.