Some people are more successful when they work for themselves. In fact, as more professionals embraced remote work over the past several years, they discovered they enjoyed the freedom and creativity of being their own boss. While self-employment takes discipline and responsibility, it yields incredible rewards, particularly if your skill set lends itself to an industry with numerous self-employment opportunities.
If you’re looking for a new career path that will let you be your own boss, read on for insights into viable self-employed opportunities.
Self-employment has numerous benefits. For example, flexibility is a significant upside. When you’re your own boss, you choose the working hours that best fit your schedule, and vacation time isn’t limited or restricted. Additionally, self-employed professionals have more control over their income and schedules. For example, freelancers can book more clients to boost their income or accept fewer jobs when they need downtime.
Remote work tools and online environments facilitate numerous profitable self-employed business opportunities that you can explore from your home office. Here are a few examples:
Many self-employed jobs require no specific qualifications or education, and many are learn-as-you-go jobs. Any of these positions offer a potential part-time or full-time income.
The gig economy encompasses jobs that independent contractors, online platform workers and temporary workers perform under a formal agreement with on-demand service companies. Popular gig economy opportunities include ridesharing services, like Uber and Lyft; delivery services, like Instacart and DoorDash; and home services, like Handy. Most gig economy arrangements give individuals the flexibility to work as much or as little as they want.
Many professionals find success in creating content for blogs and social media sites. Writing blogs, creating videos and posting on social media are fun ways to express yourself and potentially earn money. However, creating high-quality, engaging content takes time and practice. Every piece of content must be well thought out and executed with precision. Creators must understand that building an audience takes time, and even if they do everything right, the audience may never come. Still, content creation opens opportunities to work with brands and create the content companies need to connect with their target customers.
If you’re a patient, nurturing person, caring for children or older adults is a flexible way to earn money. Many parents prefer in-home day care alternatives or need part-time child care assistance. If your temperament suits the job, you can find a flexible and rewarding way to generate income.
Additionally, many families need assistance with elder care. While a nursing background would be required for specific care functions, many individuals would be well suited to visit with older people, help with shopping and tasks, and act as companions.
If you have a knack for makeup and beauty, consider starting your own makeup artist business. Many makeup artists offer their services for weddings, proms, birthdays and other celebrations. You can grow your freelance makeup business through word-of-mouth advertising and digital marketing. Instead of working for a salon, freelance makeup artists work independently, sourcing and traveling to clients when necessary.
Some individuals are natural planners and organizers with an eye for the finer things. If this sounds like you, consider starting an event planning business. Event planning doesn’t require any fancy or pricey certifications and can (for the most part) be done remotely. All you need to do is work with local vendors to book locations and schedule catering, entertainment and more. However, to thrive in this career, you must be an excellent communicator.
To help people who are aspiring to be self-employed find the best jobs, the BLS publishes a self-employed career outlook list with data for jobs in which at least 15 percent of workers are their own bosses.
Additionally, SmartAsset provides a list of the top 10 jobs for the self-employed. When you peruse this list, consider the percentage of self-employed workers in each career, the median income, the projected workforce growth, the projected job opportunities and the level of education required for each job.
“Whether you make your money in marketing or manufacturing, chances are the vast majority of work opportunities in your field involve a manager and a W-2 form,” wrote SmartAsset’s Nick Wallace. “For workers who are willing to change directions, however, there are some jobs that require little additional education and in which the majority of workers are self-employed.”
These are the top 10 jobs for people who want to be self-employed, according to SmartAsset:
Working for yourself is an attractive career option, but it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. While you can earn a high income by becoming your own boss, you’ll also face the inevitable challenges of self-employment. However, the struggle is often worth it. Especially if you’re pursuing one of the above fields, you will likely find success through hard work, dedication and passion.
Sammi Caramela contributed to this article.