Since the Small Business Academy teaches entrepreneurial skills applicable to starting a business in any field, your salary, profits and sales will vary widely according to the type of business you start, as well as the region of the country where it’s located.

Are You Cut Out to Be an Entrepreneur?

The rewards are many: working for yourself, setting your own hours and following your passion without answering to anyone else.

But the pitfalls are also many: growing a business can take years of working long hours with no steady paycheck and little profit, and the financial gamble can be huge in an uncertain economy.

Take advantage of some of the many websites available to help you weigh both the risks and benefits of starting your own business.

  • Small Business Notes’ How to Decide Whether to Be an Entrepreneur offers an online quiz to help you decide if being an entrepreneur is for you.

For specific information on job duties, salaries and projected growth of the type of business you wish to start, look up career categories in CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.