Career options where you can work for yourself
Wednesday, 25 November 2020

If the last 9 months have taught us anything it's that we should be doing jobs that we enjoy and if you want to work for yourself then now is the perfect time to go for it. With so many people hav-ing their careers upended by the coronavirus pandemic there’s never been a better time to wipe the slate clean and strike out on your own two feet as your own boss. Trust us, once you’ve experi-enced the freedom you’ll never go back.

But what sort of jobs can you set up today that will allow you to work for yourself and what do you need to do to set them up?

Personal Trainer
Known as a “PT” for short, you’ll obviously need a great level of physical fitness and a solid grasp of nutrition and numerous diet programmers. You also need a PT qualification which can be earned through various PT apprentice programmers and courses. If you enjoy spotting people at the gym and like to make your own hours and choose your own clients this is an ideal fit. You could also earn as much as £40 an hour for your services. Which is certainly not chump change!
This is a general job description that is typical in the creative industries and can refer to anything from copywriters to graphic designers and even videographers and photographers. If you have a passion, a talent and enough experience to put a portfolio together then you can be a freelancer. It is a lot of work to get going and build up that client base but once you do you’ll have a career that could last the rest of your life.
Hair and beauty
With COVID meaning fewer people than ever before are willing to take the risk of going to the salon, the time is rife for professional hairdressers to break free from the shackles of the salon and go remote. By advertising yourself as a hairdresser who works from people’s own homes you are flexible enough to accept only the jobs you want and potentially build up a massive Rolodex of local clients. The same is also true of nail technicians. So, whether you specialise in quick cuts or nail tips there’s a potential career in self-employment waiting for you.
They say you need to practice something for 10,000 hours to master it. If there is anything in your life that you have put that much time into (a musical instrument, a sport or even something more esoteric) you could qualify as a specialist tutor. Depending on the niche of your talent you could potentially be charging big bucks to pass on your talents to a new generation. So don’t be stingy with those skills!
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