Running a Home Business and Securing Your Online Degree


By 2020, 40 percent of the workforce will be freelancing, according to a study conducted by Intuit. This group of people will make up both those who telecommute for a company and those who run their own business from their homes.

There’s also a strong rise in the amount of people that have degrees.

Of Americans ages 25 to 29, more than 33 percent have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Back in 1975, that number was only 21 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Online degrees are becoming more and more popular as people get busier and busier.

More than six million individuals took at least one online course in 2011, according to U.S. News. With traditional universities offering more and more online degrees and schools that are strictly catered to the online community, getting an online degree may be well worth your time.

Do you already work full-time and support a family? Or perhaps you run your own online business and don’t have time to attend school. Thanks to online learning, you can learn at your own convenience.

A few benefits of getting your business degree online vs. in a classroom include:

1. Learning on your own time – Perhaps your at-home internet business is particularly busy during the evening hours. That’s Ok. The main benefit of getting your degree online is doing the work when your schedule allows for it. You don’t need to be in a classroom every Thursday for four hours. Instead, you choose when you do the classwork.

2. Still generating an income – Before online degree programs were offered, most had to quit their day job or small business to focus strictly on school. Now, programs are incredibly flexible. Online classes are made to fit into your current schedule, not the other way around. This allows you to still make ends’ meet while obtaining your degree.

3. The option to take breaks – If you look at any school’s online program, almost all will offer classes very often. Say goodbye to traditional semesters and welcome to the convenience of online. Since classes have start dates of about one every two to three weeks, you can decide to take a short break if need be. This is especially beneficial to those working for themselves. If you have a busy season, you can focus solely on your business and then dive back into school head-on once it ends.

Benefits of having a degree for your home-based internet business

Having a Bachelor’s degree in business can do wonders for your own small business.

You’ll learn marketing skills and understand accounting and tax policies, develop a business-oriented mind, network with others and more.

Getting a degree equips you with the knowledge to successfully run your own online business – whether you desire to sell your own artwork, open a tax firm or help other online businesses gain customers.

Working online for you isn’t easy, but it’s very doable. Set your own hours, eliminate sitting in traffic, avoid the office politics and be as successful as you wish to be.

One of the best places to start, though, is by earning your degree online.

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About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Glendale, AZ. She writes on small businesses, personal finance and online degrees.

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