What it means to be an entrepreneur in Finland?

When I was a little school girl my future dream job was either a veterinarian or professional figure skater.  When I was a bit older schoolgirl who had to make decisions about future academic studies my parents always encouraged me to go to university, graduate quickly and get a corporate job.

Becoming an entrepreneur was actually never an option or at least I never thought about it.

I studied sign language and after graduating didn’t find work as a sign language interpreter.  So I decided to become an entrepreneur.

People in Finland tend to be jealous of successful entrepreneurs and being an entrepreneur isn’t always the most appreciated thing.

Being an entrepreneur, even if you do not have any employees , means that you are yourself in charge of your social security, pension and insurance contributions and of course value-added tax. They are statutory and expensive. If you hire another employee from your business, you become an employer. It also obliges, and it only pays.

If the entrepreneur doesn’t work, he or she also has no income. If the entrepreneur or his / her loved ones get sick so badly that jobs can’t be done, the situation is the same.

Of course, there are also so many positive things about being an entrepreneur.  The first thing that always comes into my mind is freedom to choose where you work, when you work and with whom you work with!

If you want to learn more about entrepreneurship in Finland, the best resource of information is Suomen Yrittajat.