Self Employed Job Ideas

If you’re looking for self employed job ideas then here’s a list for you. I spent years ‘finding myself’ and looking for self employment job ideas which would be a good fit for me. Ultimately we are forever changing and so our careers paths are always changing too. With this in mind it’s worth looking for a self employed job ideas which you could do for a good, long time.

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If you don’t have much work experience it worth trying many jobs to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie. If you have a passion or a hobby, don’t give it up. It could lead you to the job of your dreams. Also, it’s well worth identifying your core values. Core values give you stability and purpose. Without a purpose a job is just a means of making money. Over years this can become very soul destroying. The longer you stay in a job position the more you become entrentched in it too. Pick a job which resonates with who you are, not just how much money you can make!

Self Employed Job Ideas – Driving

Taxi Driver – If you like working for yourself consider taking a job as a taxi driver. Depending where you are you might need to pass a basic knowledge test but many taxi drivers now use sat nav to find where they’re going. Taxi drivers can work hours that suit day or night and it’s a good self employed idea for people who want to pick up and drop work as it suits.

HGV Driver – HGV drivers are self employed in many cases. You do of course need an HGV licence but once you have got it you can work anywhere. Working for an agency can give you the necessary work experience you need to secure more long term employment. The higher wages are paid to HGV drivers who go on to do articulated heavy goods vehicles and who drive hazardous goods.

Self Employed Job Ideas – Film Industry

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Actor – Actors are basically self employed and get their work through agents. If you fancy doing acting work you will need to go to acting school and expect to work many other jobs while you build up your portfolio of work. Getting an agent is a main factor in becoming a professionally paid actor and many agents won’t even consider you unless you have a drama school background and some experience.

Stuntman – Stunt performers in the UK work through the British Stunt Register and are required to gain experience in 6 or more qualification to join. See my website for more details.

Extras/Background Artist – TV extras work is on a self employed basis. Anyone can join an extras agency and pick up work in local TV and or film productions. Working full time as an extra will require you to travel and extras don’t usually get travel expenses but are paid by the day. Most TV extras who I have met do it as a part time ‘extra income’, forgive the pun!

Unit Driver – Unit drivers work on a self employed basis and drive actors and crew members around. It’s long hours and there is plenty of sitting around. If you’re interested in TV work and like driving it might be for you!

Other Film Industry Self Employed Jobs

The film industry supports self employed jobs in all areas including jobs like:

Electrician, Hair and make up department, costume department, directors, editors, sound engineers, fire arms consultants, drivers, runners, A.D’s (assistants to the director), camera operators, lighting technicians, photographers and producers.

Self Employed Trade Jobs

If you have a trade there are plenty of trades which you can train in to become self employed. Here’s a few trade type self employed job ideas:

Plumber – Once you have gained a plumbing qualification you can work on a self employed basis as a qualified plumber.

Electrician – Electricians work on a self employed basis and find their own work once qualified.

Builders – The building trade has many self employed positions and depending on who you work for you could be self employed or employed. The building trade can encompass a broad range of skills: bricklaying, plastering, surveying, assessing, roofing and flooring contractors all fall into this category.

D.I.Y Handyman – If you have some DIY skills you can set yourself up as a handyman.

Self Employed Job Ideas – Internet Based

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Many people are turning to the internet as a means to become self employed.

Affiliate marketing lets anyone earn from their laptop and become self employed. Learn how here. Affiliate marketing is basically selling other people’s products on the internet. You don’t need to own anything yourself personally in order to sell online. Just link to affiliate products from your content, website or adverts and earn commissions based on sales.

Ebay Selling – You can use the giant auction site ebay to buy and sell online. Take a look at my article which explains the tactic I used to buy and sell through ebay here: ebay bargain finder.

Blogging – You can build up an online presence with a blog and place adverts on your site which earn commissions. Join Google’s adsense program and it will give you some code to place on your website. The code will automatically place relevant adverts to your content. You can also sell affiliate products through your blog to earn commissions.

Create good quality content to rank your site on Google for free traffic. Learn more about how this is done with my ebook Niche Blogging For Profit.

Self Employed Job Ideas – Other Ideas

There are literally thousands of things you can do as a self employed person. If you have aparticular skill or talent why not use it to make money.

Mucicians – Musicians make money by busking and with paid gigs. You can also teach lessons in the evenings and on weekends if you are good enough.

Academia – If you have a qualification already in an academic field why not run classes for students in the evening?

Passions – If you have a passion for something have you considered making it your living?

Martial Arts Instructor – If you’re a martial artist why not consider taking your passion to the next level. I run a martial arts class part time and have even written a short guide to running your own martial arts school: Martial arts marketing.

Can you think of any other self employed job ideas? If you have found this article helpful please share it and comment below and share any other suggestions you might have.

Part Time Self Employment Ideas

If you’re looking for part time self employment ideas an internet business can be built up around an existing job and worked on whenever and wherever you are. Providing you have an internet connection and a laptop you can work from anywhere. Learn more and get a free video series here.

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Self Employed Careers

One of the most recent self employed careers is working online as an internet marketer. Anyone can learn to do internet marketing and you don’t need any special qualifications. An online job gives you a fully ‘portable’ career and it appeals to both travelers and those who wish to work from home. As self employed careers go, becoming an online marketer can give you both financial stability and flexibility.

Self Employed Careers – Working Online

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So how does it work and what exactly do online marketers do? Anyone can start an online business through the medium of affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is basically referring people to products and services throughout the internet. When they buy through your referral, you earn a commission. Because you can set up multiple streams of income, and automate much of it, affiliate marketing can be very lucrative.

See most lucrative startups. Affiliate marketers do this by creating content (like this article). They also create adverts on various platforms like Facebook, Adwords, Bing or Yahoo, and they can create video and other useful content online. Top affiliates create huge websites like the website, created by Martin Lewis. For a more detailed look at affiliate marketing see what is affiliate marketing.

Self Employed Careers – Tools, Systems and Technology

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The tools, systems and technology now available makes such a business very flexible and scalable. Before the internet became available to the masses, and in particular internet advertising, only international companies could afford to reach international audiences.

Now anyone can start an online business and target any country or every country for its advertising campaign. They can also target very specifically a certain set of people specific to their products and services, because of the tools at their disposal. All this can be done on a small budget to suit small startups.

Pay Per Click Advertising

Pay per click advertising is one of the the best things to come out of the internet for marketers. They only pay when someone clicks on their advert. This makes advertising online very measurable.

By specifically tailoring your advert to the market audience of your product, you can get very focused on your most probably customers. Each element of an advertising campaign can be cross tested with a small budget. This helps to find the best possible performing advert and audience.

The best thing is that pay per click advertising can be scaled. By testing and measuring with a low budget, and having your return on investment in mind, you can scale up globally, knowing your advert will perform well.

Self Employed Careers – Work From Anywhere

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The flexibility which comes from the affiliate business model can’t easily be matched. It offers anyone the possibility of a business opportunity with low startup costs, minimal investment and no need to staff or premises. Most self employed careers don’t offer such flexibility. Choose when and where you work from with no employer and build your income up around other existing employment.

Self Employed Careers – Start Your Own Online Business Today

Learn how to start an online affiliate business. Get access to all the tools and training needed here. You will be given step by step modules to set up a working business system. Your job is then to promote your affiliate link or website. This can be done is several ways:

  • Content creation – Building your website presence through blogging
  • Creating videos on YouTube and building a following
  • Setting up adverts on various different platforms such as Facebook, Adwords Bing and Yahoo.
  • You can also use other methods of online advertising and list building

Affiliate marketing has changed massively in recent years. Older models require you to sell many products again and again, making only a small commission on each. By using a business model which offers the following, you are using a system which is much more sustainable:

  • High Ticket Commissions – Make £1000+ on a single sale
  • Built in up-selling for which you receive commissions – Sales closed by built in sales team
  • Monthly recurring commissions – Means for each individual member who continues their membership you receive monthly commissions.