In 2018, more and more options are becoming available for those who want to work for themselves. Now more than ever, people want to be in control of their own career and money, with employment and job security a major issue for the workers of today.
The world-wide connectivity that the internet facilitates allows people in a range of industries to work for themselves, from wherever they please. At the same time this allows businesses to employ skilled workers, regardless of their location. So, if you’re finding yourself stressed about meeting your boss’ demands or simply want to work on what you want and earn more for yourself, here’s 6 careers you can consider.
Administrative work and virtual assistants
One career that has really taken off since the introduction of remote work is administrative, virtual assistants. Virtual assistants help a range of different types of businesses by managing phone and email enquiries, invoices, write documents, and help organise the schedule.
The pay with this type of work isn’t always huge but with the right type of clients in your portfolio, you can be paid as much as $30/hour. This career generally requires a high school diploma, but as always, previous experience as a secretary or assistant is favourable.
Skills required are excellent data entry, communication, writing and organisational skills.
Independent care worker
An Interesting outcome of the so called sharing economy, which has seen an influx of freelance type careers, is independent care workers. Traditionally to be a care or support worker, one would work for an organisation that provides care to people but platforms like Better Caring has transformed this industry.
Better Caring allows people in need of care to find care workers in their local area. They can choose care workers who they relate to and meet their needs. This allows care workers to find jobs in their local areas, working when they want and how they want.
To become a care worker you need a certificate in a related field such as Individual Support or in Disability. As an independent care worker, building up your client base with happy clients is important.
Working as a personal trainer (PT) is an extremely popular way of being one’s own boss. There’s a huge amount of demand for personal trainers as society becomes increasingly aware of the benefits of fitness.
Personal trainers typically have some form of education and training related to health and fitness. Self-employed PT’s can charge upwards of $50. While this might seem like a lot, it’s important to remember the costs associated with running a business like personal training, which involves equipment for training clients, as well as advertising and software to organise your clients.
Real Estate Agent
Real estate is another profession that is made up by a significant amount of self-employed workers or contractors. Real estate agents must complete training and meet your states licensing requirements.
Many people think real estate agents are very well paid, however, there’s several costs associated with being an agent, particularly if you’re self-employed, including taxes, fuel and training. Their responsibilities include pricing their clients houses, showing to potential buyers, holding open houses and auctions and ensuring the house is staged for sale.
Being a self-employed marketer has become in much easier since the internet. Not only has the internet become the perfect place for businesses to advertise themselves, it has opened up a huge amount of different marketing careers. There’s paid and organic search engine marketing, social media marketing and content marketing just to name a few.
As these are all digital, they can be done entirely online, which means digital marketers can essentially work from where ever they want. Of course, clients may want face time but this all depends on the type of marketing and client, which will in turn affect how much you can charge.
Another career path that allows you to work for yourself is the creative area of being an artist. Again, this is a broad category that could include anything from a drawer or sculptor, to a graphic designer who produces artwork for marketing materials.
This occupation takes years of practise to perfect the craft and build up a client base and because of this, the pay can vary widely. If you’re passionate about creating art however, it is possible to pursue as a career.The internet has changed the way of business. Workers can now work for themselves much easier with access to customers and clients all around the world. Not only does this allow workers to work for themselves, they can potentially work from wherever they want, whenever they want.