Good Careers That Transition Into Business Ownership

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In some cases, people choose to be business owners from the moment they decide to start working. You have a clear path set out, and your first proper job is owning and running a business. However, most individuals go down a different route. You spend time in a different career before realizing that you want to start a business. At which point, you start to doubt whether or not you’re qualified to run a business. 

Well, you don’t technically need any qualifications to do this! Literally, anyone can start a company, though your current/previous career might come in handy. Many jobs contain transferable skills that could make you a fantastic business owner – here are some of the best careers for a smooth transition into business ownership:


Being a teacher of any sort will fill you with so many skills that can apply to owning a business. Secondary school teachers are arguably best-equipped as they have to deal with people who are almost adults. So, it’s easy to transfer the skills of managing a classroom to managing a team of employees. However, as it notes here, primary school teachers still have to do a lot of learning around the concept of psychology and how to engage students. Even if the target pupils are younger, learning how to keep people entertained and engaged is a key skill for business owners to have. Plus, your business demographic may be young children, so you learn more about how to target them and market your business!


Naturally, being in the field of marketing puts you in a perfect position to transition into the world of business ownership. A huge proportion of business activities revolves around promoting the company. If you know how to do this, you will set your business on a very successful path. The skills you learn in marketing are so easy to transfer into business ownership, and there’s a huge bonus to consider as well. By understanding the marketing/advertising side of things, you can take care of it yourself. Thus, you can slash operating costs in the startup phase by not needing to invest in marketing services. 


Being a consultant means your daily tasks involve working with others and finding solutions to their problems. If you’re a business consultant, this is even better! Your job literally involves analyzing companies, seeing where the problems lie and producing ideas to help them improve. With a career in consulting, you can so easily transition into business ownership. Effectively, you can do the same sort of job you’re doing now, only focusing on your own business. Thanks to your experience in this field, you may also pick up tips and tricks to prevent you from making common mistakes. 

Overall, you could come up with dozens of other careers that are good to help you transition into business ownership. These three are arguably the best or most relevant, but that’s not the point of this piece. The point is to show you that your current or previous jobs can be extremely useful at helping you run a business. Don’t assume you need business degrees to succeed in the business realm – most of the skills you require are transferable from elsewhere. 

Vinh Van Lam
the authorVinh Van Lam
Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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