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Become A Self-Employed

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Working As A Self-Employed

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Staffing Organizational Units
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $50,192

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Self-Employed does

  • Helped create editorial web strategy.
  • Train small businesses and residential computer users.
  • Self-employed construction, landscaping, and odd jobs tradesmen.
  • Owned and operated an online electronics store.
  • Research in Internet Marketing Hosts, Practices and Procedures, Software and latest trends.
  • Trained staff on QuickBooks to properly prepare monthly financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP).
  • Serve as a personal care provider for adults, infants and children.
  • Provide customer service by getting the job done quickly and effectively.
  • Intervene at client's location to diagnose and service auto.
  • Prepare bills of laden, invoicing, payroll.
  • Remodeled kitchens and bathrooms and built decks.
  • Reviewed and prepared Lease Purchase Reports.
  • Cut and maintained a total of 22 yards.
  • Operated primarily on referral and repeat business basis with homeowners and real estate agents.
  • Paint walls, ceilings, trim, windows and doors.
  • Have Setup live meeting and video conferencing, active Directory setup, and remote access.
  • Managed 5 successful eBay stores, also helped friends and family establish 11 online businesses.
  • Used all painting and drywall tools.
  • Ensured customer satisfaction by providing highest quality work & was to the customers liking.
  • Diagnosed and repaired fitness equipment - Managed all service scheduling, ordering parts, preventative maintenance and other duties.

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How To Become A Self-Employed

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.


Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist must usually have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some positions, particularly human resources generalists, may require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources assistants, in customer service positions, or in other related jobs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many professional associations that specialize in human resources offer courses intended to enhance the skills of their members, and some offer certification programs. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Although certification is usually voluntary, some employers may prefer or require it. Human resources generalists, in particular, can benefit from certification because it shows knowledge and professional competence across all human resources areas. 


Human resources specialists who possess a thorough knowledge of their organization, as well as an understanding of regulatory compliance needs, can advance to become human resources managers. Specialists can increase their chance of advancement by completing voluntary certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources specialists use decisionmaking skills when reviewing candidates’ qualifications or when working to resolve disputes.  

Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating applicants’ qualifications, performing background checks, maintaining records of an employee grievance, and ensuring that a workplace is in compliance with labor standards. 

Interpersonal skills. Specialists continually interact with new people and must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds. 

Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for human resources specialists. When interviewing job applicants, for example, specialists must pay careful attention to candidates’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions. 

Speaking skills. All specialists need strong speaking skills to be effective at their job. They often give presentations and must be able to clearly convey information about their organizations and jobs within them.

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Self-Employed Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Swedish

  • Korean

  • Carrier

  • Thai

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Tagalog

  • Dutch

  • Dakota

  • Vietnamese

  • Ukrainian

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Top Skills for A Self-Employed


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Top Self-Employed Skills

  1. Web
  2. Online
  3. Financial Statements
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Market to prospective clients, analyze traffic and website statistics to increase brand awareness, etc.
  • Created and sold online stock photography, custom business cards and calendars.
  • Maintained and examined accounting records and financial statements allowing for profitable enterprise.
  • Provide contract organization and employee customer service training
  • General Carpentry, hang cabinets, doors and windows.

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