Schools Training

Business Schools Prepare Grads To Run At-Home Businesses

20 FEB 2012
Career Path : Accounting

Maybe you are looking for a career that will allow you to spend more time at home with the kids and less time on the road in a long commute. Or maybe you are approaching retirement and anxious to establish a part-time income stream to prevent you from cashing in your pension too early. Either way, business schools can help prepare you to launch a home-based business. Two options to consider: accounting training and event planning courses.

Home-Based Business Idea #1: Bookkeeping

You can learn what you need to help other small businesses maintain their books by taking accounting training at one of the business schools in your area.

The benefits of setting up an at-home bookkeeping business:

  • a one-to-two year accounting training program is usually all the training that is initially required
  • low start-up costs: your computer will be your biggest investment – and, as a graduate of accounting training, you will probably already own won
  • new software is making bookkeeping easier
  • can work on evenings and weekends to start (ease into your home-based business)

What kind of courses do business schools offer students of accounting training who are interested in setting up their own home-based businesses?

  • how to use QuickBooks Pro
  • introduction to Windows
  • customer service strategies
  • fundamentals of bookkeeping

Home-Based Business Idea #2: Event Planning

Are you the go-to person in your circle of friends for organizing parties? Maybe you should do it on a professional level. Set up your own event planning business in your living room.

The benefits of setting up an at-home event planning business:

  • no special training is required to become an event planner, although many planners do take event planning courses at business schools
  • a lot of the job is conducted out of the house on the run (e.g., visiting clients, scouting and preparing venues), meaning that your home office will be less of an imposition on the rest of your family
  • promotion is relatively affordable (social media, networking events, etc.)

What kind of courses do business schools offer students of event planning courses who are interested in setting up their own home-based businesses?

  • introduction to project management
  • marketing events
  • managing conferences and other events
  • making business presentations
  • basic graphic design skills (for making brochures, invitations, etc.)
  • customer service strategies
  • the art of negotiating
  • contract writing
  • computer skills
  • business communication skills

If you are thinking of making the transition from full-time employment to running your own home-based business, you may want to look at the accounting training and event planning courses on offer at nearby business schools.