5 Side Jobs that Will Put You on the Path to Self-Employment
Self-employment is a dream career for many people who either lack the academic or professional qualifications to secure entry-level jobs or are exhausted with special life circumstances and situations. Being self-employed affords a greater sense of freedom and uncapped potential to profit, not to mention being able to tend to people who need the extra love and support. Of course, not all freelance jobs lead to full-time self-employment. You’ll have to focus your time and energy on a side job that can later on translate to full-time self employment. Here are five examples to start out with.
Thanks to companies like Uber and Lyft, it’s become relatively easier to drive for a living. While there are some hoops to jump, specifically getting the right commercial license and insurance, the only other key requirements to start with is a car and a smartphone. What’s great about driving for a living for one of these relatively nascent companies is that you can set your own work schedule, which ultimately means you can log in more than a 40-hour work week and make more money. As a driver, you can expect to make anywhere between $600 to $1550 per week, depending on how many hours you commit to the job and the location you service.
If you enjoy helping others learn and is at least above average in an academic field, working as a tutor can be a fun and satisfying career for you. Fields including English, Science, and Math are the core subjects that most tutors focus on. You can also make more money working as a private MCAT tutor or SAT tutor, but the prerequisites are generally more broad compared to an entry-level tutoring position. You can start marketing your services as a tutor by creating professional-looking flyers and distributing them to nearby schools and/or by posting on social media sites where a myriad of parents and students are active.
If you have the verbal depth and creativity to piece together a well-constructed, engaging article or blog post, writing may be your calling. As a writer, you’ll have to work on developing your own signature style of writing. This is the only way you can attract your own following and get published. Keep in mind, however, that the start of a self-employed writing career can be challenging, to say the least. In fact, a recent survey reports that close to 80 percent of self-published authors make $1,000 per year. Of course, the more you write and the faster you write it, the more you’ll make in a year.
Tinkering with applications and writing code just for the fun of it can translate into a self-employment career that pays generously. The birth of new technologies and the limitless potential that those technologies bring to the table have also given rise to a large job market for tech-savvy professionals who can create, maintain, and repair with code. Depending on your experience and type of projects that you take on, the hourly rate can go anywhere between $70 to $150.
Taking photos is unarguably the ethos of today’s generation. Why not use that interest in photography to make yourself a decent full-time income down the line? You can start this side job by offering your services to family, relatives, neighbors, and friends. Family picnics, weddings, and other special celebrations are great places for you to work and network at the same time. Be prepared to shell out some cash for professional equipment.
Whatever side job you choose to pursue, make sure to plan ahead. Not all side jobs are sustainable or secure. Some jobs are seasonal and others require certifications and licenses. More importantly, establish a main source of income before pursuing any side jobs that you want to turn into a full-time self-employment career.