Starting Your Own Business Certificate

Would you like to gain the business skills and management knowledge to start your own online business or work as an independent contractor? Penn Foster Career School's Starting Your Own Business Certificate Program can help you prepare for this goal. Read on to find out more about this online certificate program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The courses in Penn Foster Career School's Starting Your Own Business Certificate Program include topics related to preparing to start your business as well as working with clients and successfully growing your business. You'll be able to learn how to write a business plan for an Internet company, see how to set up offline and online business components, and identify the skills you need to become a successful independent worker. You'll also study how to work with clients, including setting your rates, managing your time, billing for services, and communicating with your clients. There is also a course on working as your own boss, in which you can see ways to market your business, find new work, and use search engine optimization to support your business.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are considering enrolling in Penn Foster Career School's Starting Your Own Business Certificate Program, you may have some experience working with computers and a desire to work as your own boss. You could also have strong communication and time management skills. As an applicant to Penn Foster Career School, you should be at least 18 years old.

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What Are the Course Requirements?

The Starting Your Own Business Certificate Program consists of four courses broken down into 11 mobile-friendly lessons. Since all courses in this program are presented online, you will need a computer running Microsoft® Windows® and Windows® 7 or later, high-speed Internet access, and an e-mail account.

Starting Your Own Business Certificate Program Courses

  • Starting Your Program
  • Owning a Business
  • Managing Your Time and Clients
  • Working as Your Own Boss

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed Penn Foster Career School's Starting Your Own Business Certificate Program, you could be prepared to launch your own Internet company. You could have the knowledge, skills, and tools to build a business from the ground up or to grow your existing online business. As a graduate of this program, you could also have the time management and communication skills to work as an independent contractor.

Advanced Degrees

You could choose to increase your business skills by continuing your education beyond the Starting Your Own Business Certificate Program. For instance, you could consider a business two-year or four-year degree program. These programs could be helpful if you wish to grow your skills in a specific area of business, such as marketing or human resources, or if you plan to manage other workers. Some of the degrees you could pursue include:

  • Associate Degree in Business Management
  • Associate Degree in Human Resources Management
  • Associate Degree in Marketing
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
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