The basic difference between self-employment and entrepreneurship is that self- employment is usually a one person venture operating from home like consultants, programmers, graphic designers, freelance content writers, web designers and copywriters.
Enterprising men and women have done quite well for themselves working right from their home. Though self-employment might sound appealing, it requires tremendous amount of discipline, confidence and effective time management.
First and foremost, you will have to inquire about any required business permits. Then buy or lease and set up the equipment you need for the venture. Most importantly, since you are working from home you have to establish a very good networking system to get in touch with people who may offer you assignments.
Can anybody start a small business?
Yes, provided you know what you are getting into and provided you feel comfortable with your state of knowledge about the business you have chosen. A logical first step for the undecided is to list potential areas of personal background, special training, educational and job experience and special interests that could be developed into a business.