Promising Self-Employment Ideas and Self-Employment Careers

To help you generate self-employment ideas, we compiled a list of self-employment careers with a bright job outlook. We recommend narrowing your choices to those promising careers that match your strongest Holland personality types best.

  1. Start by taking the Career Key Self-Employment test. It accurately measures which Holland personality types you are most like, in addition to two personality dimensions research shows are related to entrepreneurial success.
    During the test, you'll see longer lists of careers with significant numbers of self-employed people working in them.
  2. Return to this page to explore self-employment careers that have a promising job outlook by personality type and Career Key work groups (by worker traits, skills, and abilities).


Businesses to Watch: Construction, Landscaping Services


Businesses to Watch: Specialized medical professions, Scientific and technical consulting

Health Sciences
Specialty Physicians, like Allergists and Immunologists, Dermatologists,
Neurologists, and Optometrists

Computer Science and Technology
Computer Network Support Specialists


Businesses to Watch: Graphic design, Professional translation services



Businesses to Watch: Healthcare, Adult and child care

Nursing, Therapy and Health Promotion
Nurse Anesthetists
Nurse Practitioners

Child and Adult Care
Childcare Workers


Coaches and Scouts




Businesses to Watch: Sales, Construction management, Legal profession, Financial services and consulting

Sales and Purchasing
Sales Agents in Insurance, Financial Services, Securities & Commodities

Hospitality, Beauty &
Customer Services

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, Cosmetologists
Spa Managers

Legal Practice and Support

Business Administration
Construction Managers
Farm and Ranch Managers


Businesses to Watch: Financial services and consulting

Mathematical Detail
Financial Analyst

Administrative Detail
Occupational Health and Safety Technician



Sources: O*NET My Next Move, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.