How to Work for Yourself

Katie Sawyer

Katie Sawyer

July 17, 2018

How to Work for Yourself

Katie Sawyer,
July 17, 2018

How to work for yourself

You might be thinking about working for yourself because of the advantages that come with being self-employed. The thought of being free to work to your own timetable, doing what you enjoy while possibly earning more drives many people to seek entrepreneurial jobs. Work/life balance and independence are additional perks of self-employed jobs. So, if you need a job ASAP, you may want to consider applying for a side job at home while sending out your resume for a full-time role.

Before you start working for yourself, you need to consider many factors. Ideas for landing fun jobs that pay well can only materialize if you have a plan to become an entrepreneur.

Whether you want a part-time job from home or the highest paying part-time job, you should start by asking yourself some questions. These questions will give you job ideas, help you to focus on what you’re good at, and whether customers will pay for your goods or services:

  • Can I run a business doing what I love?
    • You may have the skills to do part-time work, but do you have the skills to operate a business? For example, you may be a very good cook but you would need a different set of skills to open a restaurant. When considering working for yourself, you need to think about the transferable skills that you’ve gained from education or employment.
  • Are you willing to invest the time in writing a business plan?
    • Writing a business plan will help to clarify important aspects like how to market your goods and services, how to stand out from the competition and what legal requirements are necessary. For instance, if you’re considering opening a food truck, you’ll need to apply for a number of different permits.
  • Do you have enough savings?
    It’s not necessary to answer this question if you’re looking for a part-time job from home but still plan to remain in your usual employment. However, if you plan to work for yourself full-time, you will need to assess your financial situation. Although some home-based and part-time jobs pay well, you may need a safety net until your business becomes profitable.

Steps on How to Work for Yourself

After you’ve asked yourself the above questions and are satisfied that you want to go forward with working for yourself, take the following steps:

  1. Learn business basics
  2. Get practical experience
  3. Grow your network
  4. Carry out an experiment
  5. Make a decision

1. Learn business basics

If you want to work for yourself, you need to familiarize yourself with different types of business structures. You can search online or your local Small Business Development Center to get more information about starting a business. At the end of your research, you should be aware of business basics like the difference between revenue and profit and other factors that are necessary for running a successful business.

2. Get practical experience

You should try to get some on the job experience in the business you’re hoping to start. If you’re planning to start a retail business, it’s a good idea to gain some experience in a store. Set aside some time to learn the ropes of the business you want to start. If you want to work online and at home, you can make the process easier by doing work for family or friends at a reduced rate to gain some experience. For example, you may think that being a social media manager or influencer is an easy part-time job because you spend a lot of time on social networks. However, managing social media for small businesses will be very different from personal use, so it’s best to gain experience to get the highest pay for your part-time job.

3. Grow your network

It’s recommended that you build your network before you start to work for yourself. This is even the case where you’re planning to do side jobs from home. If you want a self-employed job, you will need clients and make contact with people who will possibly use your services is a great start. You can reach out to friends, family members, and former colleagues to tell them about your plans and ask them to refer people who you could provide your services to. You can also network in online communities, like specialist Facebook groups, to find potential clients.

4. Carry out an experiment

A good way to figure out how to be self-employed is to try out a side job from home. You should dedicate a specific amount of time in the evening and on the weekend to work on your entrepreneurial job ideas. Taking a part-time approach will help you to determine if you can turn your part-time job from home into a full-time position working for yourself. If you find that your part-time work isn’t fun or doesn’t pay well, you can move on to another job idea to work for yourself. Taking this approach will mean that you still have the safety net of your full-time job if a particular self- employed job isn’t working out.

5. Make a decision

After you’ve written your business plan and found a self-employed job, you have to decide whether to work for yourself full-time. The best approach is to make a decision based on your circumstances. For example, you may be satisfied with doing a fun job that pays well on a part-time basis for some extra income. Whatever entrepreneurial job you decide to do, you’ll need to fully commit to it in order to succeed.

Work for yourself by doing part-time jobs from home

A side job from home is a great way to start working for yourself. The growth of the digital age makes it possible for more people to earn money on a part-time basis in the comfort of their own homes. Research has found that at least 43% of employed Americans spent some time working remotely. These findings show that doing work from home is becoming more socially acceptable. Jobs from home can range from easy part-time jobs to fun jobs that pay well. If you’re looking for a part-time job that you can carry out from home, the list below will provide you with some job ideas:

Entrepreneurial job ideas

  • Pet-sitter – If you have a love of animals, you can get paid to look after people’s dogs, cats, or any other pets. You’re free to set your rates according to how long the owners will be away. You can also negotiate whether you pet-sit at your client’s house or whether the pet has to be brought to your home. On average, you can make up to $1,000 per month as a pet-sitter.
  • Translator – Put your knowledge of a different language to good use by working as a translator at home. You are able to perform this self-employed job on a freelance basis or you can sign up with a company that hires home-based translators, for example, Responsive Translation and Language Line Solutions.
  • Vlogger – As a vlogger, you will film and upload videos on a topic that’s of interest to a particular group of people. Topics for vlogging could range from how to make desserts to how to take care of your pet. To start vlogging, you need to be sure that there’s an audience that will be interested in the videos you’re posting. You will also need to sign up for a YouTube account to post your videos. YouTube will place ads on your videos and you will be paid according to the size of your audience, how many views you receive and click-throughs.How to Work for Yourself
  • Website tester – With fierce competition online, companies are eager to give their website users the best experience possible. Businesses can lose customers due to poor design, inadequate navigation, and unclear content. The need for objective website reviews provides a great opportunity for people who are looking for part-time jobs working from home. To become a web tester, sign up to companies like User Testing and Testing Time.
  • Virtual assistant – If you have experience or skills as an admin support, you should consider turning your experience into a part-time or full-time job from home. A virtual assistant provides administrative support for businesses. The services provided by virtual assistants vary widely and range from bookkeeping to website management. The useful aspect of providing virtual assistant services part-time from home is that you can choose the area that you want to specialize in.

Part-time jobs that pay well

Part-time jobs don’t necessarily have to equate to low pay. It’s possible to find high-paying jobs that you can do from home on a part-time basis. Depending on your level of skills, you could try your hand at a high-paying part-time job from home. Alternatively, you could gain the skills you need through online course platforms, like Udemy and LinkedIn’s Lynda. Here are some high-paying part-time jobs that you can do from home:

  • Graphic designer – As a graphic designer, you will have an eye for detail and be capable of communicating visually. Graphic design tasks range from creating fonts to designing websites. A degree in computer graphics, illustration, or a similar subject will provide you with a good background to become a graphic designer. Alternatively, you can teach yourself through online courses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employed graphic designers earn a median salary of $48,700. A freelance designer with a strong portfolio could earn more than an employee.How to Work for Yourself
  • Marketing consultant – A marketing consultant formulates a strategy to promote their client’s products and services. As an independent marketing consultant, you can carry out most of the work at home, however, you may need to meet clients occasionally for meetings. If you studied marketing or business management, you’ll be in a good position to begin working for yourself as a marketing consultant. You will also need additional technical skills to be effective in your work. There are different ways to set your rate as a marketing consultant. You can either charge by the hour or by projects.
  • Business coach – Can you help others achieve their business goals? If you have been trained or have proven experience in an aspect of a business, you could start a part-time coaching business. Some coaches complete a dedicated training course to learn to begin their coaching business. Others use their experience and some join direct sales companies, like Beachbody, as a health and fitness coach. According to the National Coach Academy, coaches earn from $25 – $300 per hour.

Fun jobs that pay well

Not every high-paying part-time job that pays well has to be full-on. There are fun jobs that you can do while working for yourself that also pay very well, for example:

  • Food stylist – This fun job involves creating edible art from food. With the growing popularity of Instagram, food stylists create stunning food visuals for social media and recipe books. Food stylists can earn up to $77,000 per year on a full-time basis.
  • Crossword puzzle writer – If you have a very extensive knowledge of words and love puzzles, designing crosswords for newspapers could be the fun job that also pays well – at $70,000 per year for a full-time role.

Easy part-time jobs from home

As well as highly paid part-time jobs from home that require a high level of skill or training, there are also easy part-time jobs to suit people who want to earn a bit of extra money. These side jobs from home suit people who don’t want to add too much to their schedule by doing something that won’t be too taxing. The following are easy part-time jobs for those who want to put in as little effort as possible:

  • Delivery driver – If you like driving and want to make some extra money, then an easy part-time job is a delivery driver. You can deliver pizza, flowers, or almost any other products.How to Work for Yourself
  • Social media assistant – You’ll find this part-time job easy if you already spend most of your time on social media. You can work for companies who already have a social media strategy but need help in creating and scheduling posts.
  • House sitter – This easy part-time job requires you to stay at the client’s home to ensure that nothing goes wrong. It requires little effort as you’ll be expected to do the same things you do at home.


For more part-time gig jobs, check out this blog: Gig Economy Jobs: The Ultimate List.

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Katie Sawyer
Katie is the Director of Content Marketing at Deputy. She's happiest when she can help people do more of what they love. She likes telling stories, meeting new people, and being a word nerd.
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