Best Jobs for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Several jobs can help those wanting to become an entrepreneur learn skills that would benefit them when creating a company. Learn about these options as well as career and job growth information.

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Career Options for Best Jobs for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Aspiring entrepreneurs can learn from previous experience in other jobs that can help them build their business. While some jobs help individuals learn about customers and products, others focus on management and finances. Take a look at some of the options that might benefit those wanting to become an entrepreneur in the future.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Sales Manager $117,960 5%
Customer Service Representative $32,300 10%
Marketing Manager $131,180 9%
Retail Salesperson $22,680 7%
Public Relations Specialist $58,020 6%
Personal Financial Advisor $90,530 30%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Best Jobs for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Sales Manager

Sales managers take care of customer complaints, analyze data for sales and profits, create new and improved plans to help gain more customers, and organize budgets for the business. This type of career would benefit those who are looking into becoming an entrepreneur because it can help them learn skills on how to deal with customer issues, as well as many business aspects such as costs and budgets. It would benefit entrepreneurs to have first-hand knowledge on the basics of managing. Sales Managers must have a bachelor's degree and previous work experience in sales.

Customer Service Representative

Entrepreneurs can gain valuable information from working as a customer service representative because it help them gain an understanding of how to work effectively with customers, as well as understand what future employees might be dealing with. Customer service representatives handle customer issues, take orders, bill customers, and inform customers of different products and services that are available. These representatives need a high school diploma and will complete on-the-job training.

Marketing Manager

Marketing managers figure out the demand for a product or service based on sales data. They help different businesses maximize their profits. This experience can help future entrepreneurs better understand how to market products and analyze data to enhance profits for their own business. Marketing managers must have a bachelor's degree.

Retail Salesperson

Those in retail sales assist customers in finding the merchandise that they are looking for as well as provide information relating to different products they might be interested in. They are also responsible for taking payment for products. While this is only an entry-level position that does not require any formal education, entrepreneurs could benefit from working at this job. This job prepares entrepreneurs for types of customers they might have in the future as well as understanding what they should expect from their own sales employees.

Public Relations Specialist

Public relations specialists work to create a good public image of a business or company through press releases, writing speeches, and ensure advertising programs are helping. Entrepreneurs would benefit from working in this profession, as they would learn how to make their company appeal to the public. Public relations specialists need a bachelor's degree to work in the field.

Personal Financial Adviser

Personal financial advisers assist others with information pertaining to investments, taxes, retirement, and other financial decisions. They advise them to help clients meet their financial goals as well as review accounts and make changes as needed based on changes in life or circumstances. Entrepreneurs who worked previously as a financial adviser would have a great amount of knowledge in finance that can benefit the business they are building. Personal financial advisers normally only need a bachelor's degree.

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