Day at Work: Mushroom Kit Entrepreneurs
Description: An entrepreneur is an owner or manager of a business enterprise who makes money through risk and initiative. Most successful entrepreneurial endeavors begin with a unique and creative idea.
Knowledge Required: Knowledge of business administration, accounting, and marketing is valuable for starting up a new business. Additional knowledge required depends on the type of business or product being developed.
Skills: Customer service, communication, problem-solving time management, teamwork, critical thinking, innovation, business management, sales and marketing
Career Path: Although a postsecondary education is not required to start your own business, classes in business, marketing, and communication are recommended. A graduate or undergraduate degree in business and/or marketing can provide the required knowledge.
Best Cities for this Job: Metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles
From the Field: "There's no roadmap to it. We just learned as we went. And it was scary at times, but also really fun when you figured out something no one had ever done before." - Alejandro Velez
Did You Know?: There are about 300 species of edible mushrooms, but only about 10 that can be grown commercially.
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Day at Work: Wine Maker
Knowledge Required: Agriculture, chemistry, biology, mathematics, marketing, ecology
Skills: Wine making requires a combination of physical activity and scientific understanding. It requires the ability to operate machinery and deal with problems that arise. Being able to sell wine requires creativity in marketing and people skills.
Career Path: UC Davis and CSU Fresno offer degrees in fermentation science. Many junior colleges near wine regions offer two year degrees in winemaking. Becoming an apprentice or helping out at a winery is an important first step in becoming a wine maker. Vineyards require a large initial investment and it takes a few years to pay off.
Best Cities for this Job: The best cities for the job are ones located in regions known for winemaking such as the Napa Valley, Oregon, and Washington.
Median Annual Income: $100,000 CA: $100,000
From the Field: "It's varied work and it's outside work. It keeps me moving. This is my 30th year of making wine and I really love it. I like the physical activity of it and the fact that there's a new challenge everyday" - David Mahaffey, Miss Olivia Brion Wines