Before choosing a suitable career in self-employment you must have some idea about the avenues in which self-employment opportunities are available. The categorise of avenues of self-employment are:

  1. Trading
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Professionals
  4. Individualised Services

1. Trading

Trade involves buying and selling of goods and services. With small amount of investment one can start and run a small trading unit. You can think of starting a small grocery or stationery shop in your locality. If you are able to invest more capital and ready to take risk, then wholesale business is a good option for you. One can also take up some agency business or become a stockist. The real estate business which is booming now-a-days can also be a lucrative alternative.

2. Manufacturing

One can start a small industry of manufacturing bricks, or producing bakery items or confectionery. All these businesses require small amount of capital and simple equipment. Farming is another such area in which a person can work all alone or take the help of one or two persons. This is an age-old area of self-employment. Orchards, dairy, poultry, sericulture, fisheries, horticulture, etc. are good examples of avenues of self-employment.

3. Professionals

Occupations that require special knowledge and training in a particular field also provide opportunities of self-employment. Lawyers, doctors, chartered accountants, architects and journalists fall in this category. However, one has to follow certain code of conduct framed by their association and need specialised knowledge and training.

4. Individualised Services

Tailoring, motor repairing, hair cutting, fashion designing, interior decoration, etc. are some of the business activities, which provide individualised services to the consumers. These can be easily started and run by individuals. These activities are based on the personal skills of those who perform them. Blacksmiths, carpenters, goldsmiths are all self-employed persons.

You choose the area of your interest to pursue the career in self-employment. If you decide to start a small business of your own, you must have complete knowledge about the line you choose and the scope and importance of small business in India, including the government policy and institutional support for its promotion.