A Giant List of Self-Employment Business Ideas

A Giant List of Self-Employment Business Ideas

It's Easier than Ever to Work for Yourself

Self-employment is still gaining steam as a trend among American workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 9.6 million self-employed workers in 2016 — and that number is projected to increase to 10.3 million by 2026. That’s a 7.9 percent growth rate (slightly faster than the 7.4 percent rate projected for all workers).

Technological advancements and platforms that demand gig workers have impacted the labor force and made it easier to become self-employed. Self-employed people are finding ways to pay their bills while being scrappy about scaling their business or services. They also are finding that they have more freedom and flexibility, along with the ability to pursue their passion.

Whether you are considering joining this growing labor force as a full-time or part-time career path, now is a great time to start.

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According to BLS projections, certain occupational groups will increase in jobs and increase in self-employed workers. This chart can provide great insight into where to focus your self-employment efforts.

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To help you get started, here's a giant list of self-employment business ideas. These ideas can be a great jumping-off point for your self-employment adventure.

Self-Employment Business Ideas

Start an online venture:

  • Start a blog
  • Write an ebook
  • Create an online course
  • Start your own podcast
  • Become a social media influencer
  • Start a YouTube channel
  • Fill out online surveys
  • Become an affiliate marketer

Sell your consulting or business services:

  • Marketing
  • Graphic design
  • Accounting
  • Web development and coding
  • Social media management
  • Virtual assistant
  • Interior design
  • Photography
  • Proofreading and editing
  • Copywriting
  • Career or life coaching
  • Yoga or Pilates instructor
  • Public or motivational speaker

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Become a tutor:

  • English (or another language; virtual or in-person)
  • SAT/ACT prep
  • Math (or other academic subject)

Join the sharing economy:

  • Work as a dog walker or pet sitter with Rover or Wag
  • Become an Airbnb or VRBO host
  • Drive for Uber or Lyft
  • Rent your car on Turo
  • Deliver food with Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, etc.

Become a direct sales consultant:

  • Pampered Chef
  • Mary Kay
  • Stella & Dot
  • Avon
  • Arbonne International
  • doTERRA
  • It Works
  • Rodan + Fields

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Own and operate a commercialized business:

Use your current skills and talents:

Work with people:

  • Work as a travel agent
  • Become a personal fitness trainer
  • Work as an event coordinator or wedding planner
  • DJ parties and events
  • Become a brand ambassador

Get involved in real estate:

  • Become a real estate agent
  • Purchase and flip houses
  • Invest in real estate
  • Be a property manager for commercial/residential real estate

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These self-employed business ideas are simply inspiration — a starting point for you to evaluate your best route based on your skill set, goals and budget. Maybe your business is a combination of three or 10 of those ideas above.

Once you have your business idea, you need a name. Incfile provides a Business Name Search tool to help you search the business registry of your given state. We'll let you know if your proposed business name is already in use, or if it's available.

And when you're ready to get your business up and running, Incfile can help you form your new company, helping you each step of the way.

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