The Best Jobs to Go Into Business for Yourself


Going into business for you can be very rewarding and a big responsibility. Some of the benefits include choosing a business that you are passionate about and becoming successful doing something you enjoy. You also have the opportunity to make your own decisions because you are at the top of the chain of command.

Massage Therapist

  • As a massage therapist, you can work as an independent contractor in a variety of ways. One option is to work for you and build up a clientele; you can set your own hours, and many massage therapists work less than 40 hours a week. Other choices in the profession including working at fitness centers, sports medicine facilities or other places such as a mall. You can set your price for what you charge on an hourly basis. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average income for a massage therapist ranges from $12 to $25 hourly, with some earning up to $33 an hour.

Personal Chef

  • Of all the culinary career options, becoming a personal chef has the most benefits. You work for yourself, decide how many clients you can comfortably manage, and take on as much or as little work as you want to. You are your own boss creating food for your clients. With a strong culinary education and self-promotion, you can develop a good reputation and start to build a clientele. Personal chefs can set their own salaries. A chef, on average, earns between $30,000 and $50,000 annually, but can earn more as a personal chef in cities including New York or Los Angeles, where they can make up to $100,000 annually.

Computer Technician

  • With so much of our world dependent on computers, a computer technician is an ideal self-employed business because there are plenty of people and companies who need help with the fast-moving technology of computers. You can increase your job opportunities by being trained and certified in numerous operating systems and network technology. You can set your own hours and charge your own rate -- not to mention you'll know how to fix your own computer if anything happens to it. A computer technician averages between $20 and $30 hourly.


  • As a cosmetologist, you work as an independent contractor. One reason it's a good business to go into for yourself is that you are selling a service and not a product that requires inventory. In addition, it allows flexibility and freedom and is a business that you can have in your home -- if city ordinances or county laws allow -- without any overhead for rental space. You can choose your clientele and develop a relationship with customers in this sociable career. A cosmetologist, on average, can earn between $15 and $20 hourly, but can command a higher fee if working as a personal stylist.

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