Best Careers for Entrepreneurs

Are you a creative problem solver who'd like to own your own business? If so, then you may be an entrepreneur. In this article, you can read about careers for entrepreneurs, the education and skills needed to perform these jobs and related statistics.

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Career Options for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs start and run new businesses either with or without a team; they enjoy the rewards of self-employment and tackle the challenges of starting businesses and making them profitable. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and would like to work for yourself, there are many possible career paths you can follow. Some of the best careers for entrepreneurs offer people the chance to work for themselves, set their own hours, and make a lot of money; read about several below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents $46,410 3%
Construction Managers $89,300 5%
Web Developers $66,130 27%
Management Analysts $81,330 14%
Appraisers or Assessors of Real Estate $51,850 8%

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Career Information for Entrepreneurs

Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents

Real estate brokers and sales agents work with people renting, buying and selling residential and commercial real estate. They show clients properties, help negotiate deals, and complete the required paperwork. Sales agents must have a sponsoring broker, but brokers can own and run an office of sales agents; either profession is great for entrepreneurs. To get started in real estate you need to take courses to pass a licensing exam; other requirements vary by state.

Construction Managers

Another excellent and well-paid career option for entrepreneurs is construction management. These professionals manage, plan, budget, and oversee construction projects and often many subcontractors. Workers with a high school diploma and years of construction experience can become self-employed general contractors and construction managers--a great choice for entrepreneurs; people with work experience and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction science, or construction management will likely be more successful working for large firms.

Web Developers

Web developers combine graphic design and programming skills to create websites. This is a great career for entrepreneurs who would like to start their own business, especially since 1 in 7 web developers were self-employed in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field is expected to grow at a much faster rate than average in the coming years as well. All that you need to become a web developer is an associate's degree and a portfolio that showcases your work.

Management Analysts

Management consultants or management analysts evaluate companies' efficiency and profitability and help managers and executives improve their organizations' bottom lines by decreasing costs and increasing income. Entrepreneurs with at least a bachelor's degree and business experience who wish to work for themselves could do very well in this profession, especially since this field is expected to add jobs much faster than average in the future. Completing a CMC or Certified Management Consultant course will make professionals even more valuable to prospective clients.

Appraisers or Assessors of Real Estate

Another entrepreneurial career is real estate appraising or assessing. These professionals gather data and estimate the value of land and buildings, both residential and commercial. To become an appraiser or assessor you need a bachelor's degree and certification or a license, depending on which state you call home. This would be great for someone wishing to start a business, as they could build a clientele among real estate brokers, agents and investors.

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