Self-Employment is a very popular choice nowadays. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 9.6 million self-employed workers in 2016 — and that number is projected to increase to 10.3 million by 2026. That’s a 7.9 percent growth rate. We can thank advances in technology for this and platforms that demand gig workers. It’s now easier than ever to become self employed and people are taking advantage of it.
People are loving being self-employed, because it gives them more freedom and flexibility, along with the ability to pursue your passion. Whether you are considering joining this growing labor force as a full-time or part-time career path, now is a great time to start.
Not sure where to start? Think about things you are good at or bring you joy.
Do you enjoy storytelling and entertaining others? Consider these gigs.
- Start a blog
- Write an ebook
- Create an online course
- Start your own podcast
- Become a social media influencer
- Start a YouTube channel
- Fill out online surveys
- Become an affiliate marketer
Do you have a unique skill you can provide to others? Consider these gigs.
- Graphic design
- Web development and coding
- Social media management
- Virtual assistant
- Interior design
- Proofreading and editing
- Career or life coaching
- Yoga or Pilates instructor
- Public or motivational speaker
Do you excel in academics? Become a tutor.
- English (or another language; virtual or in-person)
- SAT/ACT prep
- Math (or other academic subject)
Not sure where to start? Join the shared economy with these gigs.
- Work as a dog walker or pet sitter with Rover or Wag
- Become an Airbnb or VRBO host
- Drive for Uber or Lyft
- Rent your car on Turo
- Deliver food with Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, etc.
Our infographic will walk you through how to become self-employed and all of the options you have to start your journey to becoming your own boss.