Trading a Corporate Career for Small Business Ownership


As uncertainty remains high on the job market, many Americans are trading in their 9 to 5 careers for more flexibility and a chance to control their own destiny. More and more individuals are turning to business ownership, specifically franchising because of its strong support system and good framework for success.

Take Evanston resident Lynette Martin, for example. She recently left behind a successful career in financial services – she worked at Northern Trust and J.P. Morgan – to open up her own Bottle & Bottega, an art studio franchise where guests create their own painting (with the help of a little wine!). And though her corporate career may have been nerve-racking, Lynette doesn’t regret the switch at all. She opened Bottle & Bottega this August and has been operating on a mobile business ever since. In partnering with local businesses, getting involved in the Evanston community, and encouraging people to embrace their creative side, she’s found the career fulfillment she always longed for. With big goals for the future – including plans for a dedicated studio to open early next year – Lynette is proving that with hard work and passion, there has never been a better time to open a small business.

You can learn more about Lynette in this recent article featured in the Evanston Review.