In-Person Working for Yourself: Your Idea, Your Business, and Your Marketing Strategy

Ready to be your own boss? Find out if self-employment is for you, discover your options, and create a preliminary plan for striking out on your own.

Pricing: FREE for members only.
Duration: 1–2 hours
Registration Info

About the Course

This workshop will help you determine if self-employment is for you. You will learn about different modes of self-employment in chemistry and examine common chemistry-based entrepreneurial businesses. The workshop will provide tools to create an initial plan to define your business goals and structure. The course will cover:

  • Self-employment options in chemistry
  • Assessment of entrepreneurship skills
  • Preliminary business plans
  • Company structures

This course is part of a two-part series on Working for Yourself.

What You Will Learn

After completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Decide if self-employment is a viable option
  • Apply their values, strengths, and experiences to self-employment
  • Understand components of a business plan
  • Describe four entrepreneurial chemistry business models

Who Should Attend

TThis course is a part of the ACS Careers Pathways Series and is designed for members considering self-employment in chemistry.

Course Outline

  • Key Topics

    • Assessment of values, strengths, and experiences that could assist entrepreneurship
    • Pros and cons of self-employment
    • Common chemistry-based entrepreneurial businesses
    • Creating a mission statement
    • Preliminary business plans
    • Defining the business, market, organization, marketing/sales strategy, and financing
    • Creating a customer profile
    • Assessing the competition

Dates, Locations, and Prices


Aug 22

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

Early Bird Full Price
Member(Premium Package) Free
Member or Associate(Standard or Basic Package) N/A N/A
Non-Member N/A N/A