According to USA History, farming was the main occupation for many people in colonial times. However, other people owned shops or served as ministers, artisans, fishermen, shipbuilders and sailors.
Other colonists held jobs such as gunsmith, blacksmith, locksmith, shoesmith, baker, banker, doctor, saddle maker and even beekeeper. While many colonists simply did their own work, there were other people who were specifically trained to do certain tasks such as bale hay or tile roofs. Professions such as tavern keeper and wheelwright were also important professions in colonial times. Women also held jobs in colonial times. For example, certain women were employed as seamstresses or dressmakers.