* PayScale. "Average Small Business Owner Salary." Accessed May 4, 2021.
Starting Your Own Business
Starting Your Own Business Certificate
Whether you're currently a business owner looking to expand to online commerce or someone who wants to start their own business for the first time, our online Starting Your Own Business Certificate can help you build the skills to succeed. Through flexible courses, you'll learn how to start an online business on your schedule, from home.
Cost of Program
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$49/month, Start for as low as $29
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What You Will Learn
- How to develop effective strategies for building and managing a successful freelance career.
- How to set up both the online and offline parts of your business.
- How to build an effective business plan.
- How to market your business online.
Starting Your Own Business Outcomes
Whether you're looking to transition to being an entrepreneur full time or are interested in starting a side hustle that can earn you income, our online Starting Your Own Business Certificate can help you prepare to open a successful business online.
State Licensing Requirements
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Business Student Success Stories
Penn Foster Graduate, 2021
"I would recommend Penn Foster to anyone... It’s a convenient way for you to accomplish your goal. You work at your own pace, nobody else's."
Starting Your Own Business Course Curriculum
- 4 courses
- 15.3 continuing education units (CEUs)
- 12 exams
Estimated completion time:
- Fast track = 10 months
- Average time = 13 months
With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.
In our Starting Your Own Business courses, you'll learn how to start and market an online business, including building time management and essential business skills. Your online courses include:
- Owning a Business
- Managing Your Time and Clients
- Working as Your Own Boss
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Starting Your Own Business FAQs
What are the benefits of starting your own business?
There are many benefits to starting your own business, including independence, flexibility, and the ability to charge what you want for your services or products. Additionally, you get to be your own boss and make the decisions that can guide your business toward success. If you're someone who likes to be in charge and likes a challenge, starting your own business could be the perfect job for you.
What do I need to start my own business?
There are a few steps to starting your own business online. First, it's always important to know what you want your new business to be and build a business model. Do you want to freelance? Sell products you make? Once you know what you want to do with your business and have a plan in place, you'll want to think about your website and make sure you can register a domain name for your business. You'll also want to start marketing your services or goods through social media! If you're not sure how to write a business plan or use marketing to attract traffic to your website, our online Starting Your Own Business Certificate can help you build the basic skills to start your business on the right foot.
What types of businesses can I start after taking this course?
The Starting Your Own Business online course is geared toward owning and running an online business. However, what you learn in your classes can be transferrable to other types of small businesses. After completing the program you can go on to start several different types of business, from an online store to a business that showcases your freelance skills.
What is the average salary of a small business owner?
The average salary for a small business owner can vary widely depending on several factors. However, according to PayScale, the average small business owner can generally earn around $67,919 per year. The overall range for small business owner salary is from around $29,000 to $100,000*. Unlike jobs where you work for a company, though, the amount you make as a successful business owner can change each year, so it's important to understand accounting and bookkeeping to ensure your finances are in order and support yourself and your business.