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.
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.
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.
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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.
Robert Yaniz Jr.
Robert Yaniz Jr. has been a professional writer since 2004, including print and online publications. Much of his experience centers on the business world, including work for a major regional business newspaper and a global law firm