Self-employment job ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Self-employment can be an attractive option for people who wish to quit working for bosses, make their own hours, and strike out on the market using their entrepreneurial skills to make a living and a name for themselves. Though many people may not know where to start, there are several self-employment ideas for anyone who wishes to pursue them.


Anyone who has expert experience in a particular field, such as in management, mediation, or finances, can open a consulting business. Consultants have a wide variety of services they offer, including advice, technical expertise, and managerial skills. Consultants often have multiple clients, and the flexibility of their job allows them to take on a variety of different projects.

Freelance Writer

Freelance writers write diverse content for a variety of clients. Freelance writers are typically hired on a contract basis, and some freelance writers have specialities in grant writing, technical writing, fiction writing, Web copy, blogging, or advertising. Anyone with writing skills can become a freelance writer, though being a successful freelance writer also requires the ability to market effectively, interact with clients, and write to a business's specifications.

Video Editor

Video editors work with directors to polish and cut video, and arrange scenes in a logical sequence to create a smooth flowing finished movie. Video editors may have to take graphic or computer courses to learn the best ways to edit film. Video editors can work as freelancers or run their own video editing business.

Computer Programmer

Computer programmers use code languages such as Java and C++ to design programs for businesses, video games, and websites. Video programmers can be self-taught or learn computer programming at a university. Programming can be a stressful and demanding job, because often programmers must meet production deadlines and spend a lot of time fixing the code to a client's specifications. However, freelance programmers have the flexibility to choose clients and select the programming jobs they wish to pursue.

Website Designer

A website designer works from home to build websites for businesses. A good website designer knows how to design websites in a variety of codes and programs, such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Java, and XML, as well as how to operate various popular blog and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and Wordpress. Website designers are hired by individual businesses on a contract basis.

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About the Author

April Lee started writing professionally in 2009. She is the marketing writer for an independently owned cheese business. She attended the University of North Texas and majored in English.