Top 10 Home-Based Entrepreneur Jobs
by Steve Greechie @ Aug 20, 2010
Iâm a single mom and I want to start my own home-based business. What entrepreneur jobs should I consider? Are there any entrepreneur courses that can teach me the skills I need?
Thanks for giving this some thought. I need the advice!
Great idea! Home-based businesses are becoming more and more popular â“ and many of them are entrepreneur jobs. Youâll be able to make your own schedule, be your own boss, and work as much â“ or as little â“ as you want.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a quarter of entrepreneurs work at home. And there are many fields you could work in. Of course, your choice of business depends on your skills and interests, but there are several sorts of businesses that you should consider.
1: Medical Transcription
Sure, some medical transcriptionists work on-site at hospitals, but there are a lot who work from home. Youâll need typing skills, and youâll need to be familiar with medical terminology. If you donât have these skills yet, there are online entrepreneur courses in the field.
2: Jewelry Design and Repair
If you have fine motor skills and you like baubles, bangles, and beads â“ this career could be perfect for you. An online course will teach you about those beautiful gem stones and the tools used in jewelry repair. With an aesthetic eye, youâll soon be designing your own jewelry!
In most states, you need a license from a cosmetology school licensed by the state for this field. You can study online and qualify for your license in just nine months. Youâll study skin care, hair styling, manicuring â“ and with your license, you can set up a salon right in your home.
What job could be better than choosing, growing, and planting flowers? Home-based entrepreneurs in this field might start a garden shop or a small greenhouse. Or, you could design gardens and hire staff for the field work.
5: Online Writer/Editor
If youâre good at writing, there are a couple of occupations you should consider â“ online writer and editor. You can choose the subjects youâre interested in and know a little about. Youâll do a little research for each article, and then create some internet copy.
As an online editor, youâd screen submissions, correct grammar errors, and keep the style consistent. You can do all this from your home office.
6: Real Estate Assistant Work
Real estate assistants attend to day-to-day administrative tasks for real estate brokers. One of the best things about this occupation is that it allows you to enter the real estate profession without a license. A few online entrepreneur courses will teach you the specialized skills youâll need.
7: Medical Billing
Medical billing is a complex field. In this position, youâll handle insurance billing, medical coding and records management. You wonât need a license for this job, but you will need some training.
8: Tax Prep
Benjamin Franklin said that nothingâs certain but death and taxes â“ and that makes them promising entrepreneur jobs. If you donât have a taste for mortuary science, consider training as a tax preparer. A lot of people donât want to make out their income tax forms themselves. So set up your own business, promote yourself, and youâll develop a clientele.
9: Paralegal Work
Maybe Ben Franklin should have included law suits in his short list. Attorneys depend on paralegal aids for administrative support. There are online courses that will teach you the jargon and some of the laws. Youâll study torts, constitutional law, research skills â“ and put them to use in a small business.
10: Fitness instructor
Are you in good physical condition? Health conscious? If you have the space in your home, you could set up the equipment and become a personal trainer. There are a various levels of certification, but a four-month course will give you the basic skills. Projected employment prospects in this field are very good.
If any of these entrepreneur jobs sound good to you, take a look at the courses you can take online. Study at your own pace â“ and maybe start your business while youâre in school.
Programs in each of these fields will teach you to adapt what you learn for a home-based business. But there are entrepreneur courses that focus specifically on starting your own business in your chosen field â“ so you can approach your education either way.