FreelancingOffering your services as a professional to business clients. For example, a graphics designer who completes 50 projects for 12 clients in a year. word of mouth and repeat business.Business services such as software consulting. Services are more structured than freelancing. In many cases, freelancing resembles employment. Services are packaged and sold as a good. For example, a service that supports a software deployment for a monthly recurring fee.
Consumer ServicesConsumer services such as a landscaping service that serves homeowners.Creative services in areas such as design that may be offered to both businesses and consumers. For example, a photography service that serves both business events and weddings.consumer products such as cosmetics. This is a complex business and self-employed individuals typically outsource elements such as manufacturing to partners.
Business ProductsBusiness products such as a software developer who develops and markets business software.Craft is small scale production that is done, at least partially, by hand. For example, a fashion designer who produces unique running shoes.white label electronics that they have branded.
TradingTrading such as a toy collector who buys and sells rare toys for profit.
Import-ExportTrading that involves the flow of goods over borders. For example, an Indian expat in Japan who exports green tea from Japan to India by building relationships in both countries. aftermarket is a market related to the upgrade, customization, maintenance and repair of a durable product. For example, a shop that repairs air conditioning units.
Agents & BrokersRepresenting the buyers or sellers in a transaction such as a real estate agent.
MediaProducing media such as videos. This often works by building an audience and then promoting products and services for a fee.
PublishingPublishing books or digital content such as a blog.shop.grey market goods.two-sided market or building your own. For example, trading on an auction platform.
FarmingThe production of food or other farming related ventures such as a farm-based tourist attraction.
HospitalityOperating a business in the hospitality industry such as a hotel or restaurant.
TourismParticipating in the tourist industry. This includes a wide variety of small businesses such as organizing tours or selling souvenirs.
EducationEducation businesses such as instructors who offer professional training, math tutoring or piano lessons.
EventsOrganizing, promoting or delivering services for events. For example, a self-employed individual who organizes and promotes several industry conferences each year.
NotesSelf-employment involves some level of risk and initiative in operating and marketing a business. As such, contractual arrangements whereby an individual effectively works for an employer aren't typically viewed as self-employment. The term self-employed implies that a business doesn't have any employees. The term small business owner is applied to anyone who employs others.Self-employed individuals can participate in any business model with a partnership model whereby much of the value chain is performed by others.
Conducting business or practicing a profession independently of an employer.