Small Business Owner Degrees: Bachelor's, Associate & Online Course Info

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Students wishing to pursue their own business as a small business owner may find themselves studying small business management or business administration. In studying to become a small business owner, students will take accounting, finance, marketing, management, and business planning courses. Upon graduating from a Small Business Owner Degree program, students can expect to become a business owner or small business manager. Read on to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn a Degree as a Small Business Owner

If you would rather call the shots at work, are highly motivated and have a sense of entrepreneurship about you, starting your own business and enrolling in a Small Business Owner Degree program could be a good fit.

Career Possibilities for Small Business Owners

Occupational Outlook

Many people do not realize that over half of employed workers in the U.S. are working in a small business. Obtaining a degree just enhances your marketability and provides you with additional skills to become a successful business owner or manager.

Salary Information

Because small business owners can be found in a variety of different fields, average salary earnings are a bit hard to pinpoint. However, Salary.com did put out some statistics in 2006 that reflected salaries for typical small business owners and others who are self-employed. For instance, statistics show that successful self-employed realtors in the U.S. can be found making $111,800 a year, daycare center owners $135,000, and independent contractors $139,200.

Degree Specifics for Small Business Owners

Required Coursework

As a student in a Small Business Owner Degree program, you will want to diversify your studies, taking courses that will be useful for your particular business. Topics can include sales and marketing, financial planning and general small business procedures. Typical courses in a Small Business Owner Degree program also include:

  • Accounting and Finance for Small Business
  • Business Planning and Forecasting
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Management

Skills You Will Learn

During your Small Business Owner Degree program you will learn a variety of skills to make your own business a success. General skills may include:

  • The ability to put together your own small business plan
  • Recruitment of potential clients and vendors
  • Hiring practices and how additional employees can help the success of your business

Popular Schools

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    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • AASBA in Small Business Management
      • AASBA in Business
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Business Administration, A.S.
      • Nonprofit Management, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Trident University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Professional Studies (ASPS)
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • AA: Business Administration
  • Woodland, CA

    Woodland Community College

  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. South College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Marysville, CA

    Yuba College

  • Culver City, CA

    West Los Angeles College

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Kaplan University

  • AASBA in Small Business Management
  • AASBA in Business
  • Associate: Business Admin.

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Colorado Christian University

  • Business Administration, A.S.
  • Nonprofit Management, A.S.

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Trident University

  • Professional Studies (ASPS)

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Saint Leo University

  • AA: Business Administration

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Woodland Community College

South College

  • Associate of Science in Business Administration

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Yuba College

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